Updated: 22-Sep-2010
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Deputy Commander NRDC-ITA

Major General T A BECKETT CBE, Late PARA

July 2010 -

Major General Tom Beckett was commissioned into The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars (QRIH) in 1984.  After four years as a tank and recruit troop leader he was seconded to The Parachute Regiment with which he served in Aldershot and Northern Ireland.  He rejoined QRIH in 1990 for Op GRANBY, the first Gulf War.

On completion of the Advanced Command and Staff Course he served for two years as a desk officer in the Directorate of Military Operations, Ministry of Defence.  In 1996 he rejoined The Queen’s Royal Hussars as a tank squadron leader and in 1998 he returned to The Parachute Regiment serving as 2IC 2 PARA.  Over this period he completed two more operational tours in Northern Ireland.  Following a one-year MSc in Global Security, he was posted to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone where he was the MA to the Chief of Staff.  He transferred to The Parachute Regiment in 2001 and took command of the 1st Battalion in 2002.  The Battalion deployed to Kuwait in February 2003 and took part in Op TELIC, the liberation of Iraq.

On relinquishing battalion command in December 2004 he was promoted to Colonel and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course before assuming the appointment of Deputy Director Higher Command and Staff Course.  This was followed in 2007 by a five-month deployment to Baghdad where he was Deputy C2, Multinational Forces – Iraq).  He took command of the 20th Armoured Brigade in December 2007.  The Brigade deployed on Op TELIC 13 from December 2008 to May 2009, where it was the last UK Brigade to serve in Iraq.  He became Director Commitments, Headquarters Land Forces, in June 2009 until promotion to Major General in July 2010.  On promotion he assumed the appointment of Deputy Commander of the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Italy.

He is a recipient of the US Legion of Merit (Order of Officer), and was appointed as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 for services in Iraq in 2008/09.

He is married to Fiona and has three daughters, Anastasia, Rosalind and Eleanor.