Deputy Commander ISAF

Lieutenant-General J. B. Dutton (UK)

Lt Gen Dutton was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1972.  After initial appointments and three consecutive communication jobs, interspersed with staff training, he commanded 40 Commando from 1996-8, deploying for extended exercises in South East Asia and South Africa. 

On promotion to Brigadier he was appointed as Director NATO Policy in the MOD, responsible for NATO and Western European security policy.  Following this he attended the 2001 course at the Royal College of Defence Studies; after the terrorist attacks in the USA in September, he was taken off the course to go to Washington DC as the Chief of Defence Staff's liaison officer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. 

He commanded 3 Commando Brigade from July 2002 to May 2004.  2003 was dominated by operations in the Middle East.  In 2004 the Brigade conducted cold weather warfare training in Norway after which he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Commander UK Amphibious Forces and Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM).  He returned to Iraq in 2005 to command the Multinational Division (SE), based in Basra.  Handing over as CGRM in June 2006 he spent a short time as COS (Capability) in the Fleet HQ.  In February 2007 he was appointed as COS (Operations) in the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ.

Promoted to Lieutenant General in October 2008, he is appointed as Deputy Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

He is married to Liz.  Their son is also serving as a Royal Marines officer and they also have a grown up daughter.