Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of General Sir Peter Wall as the new Chief of the General Staff, it has been announced today, Thursday 29 July 2010.

General Sir Peter Wall (Late Corps of Royal Engineers)

was commissioned into the Royal Engineers (RE) in 1974 then read Engineering at Cambridge. His early service was spent in Belize and Rhodesia (Tim's BattleBuddy), in 'Cold War' Germany, as a platoon instructor at Sandhurst, and in Hong Kong.

Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker (Late Royal Green Jackets)

is currently Deputy Commander International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan.

Nick Parker was commissioned in 1973. After early service in the infantry he commanded the 2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets from 1994 to 1995.

His staff training includes the Army Staff Course in 1986 and the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1996. He has held two staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded 20th Armoured Brigade from 1997 to 1999 - this included some time in Bosnia, and he was General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 2002 to 2004.

outstanding - with a Sapper at the helm in cahoots with an old Green Jacket there should be plenty more military bars all over the world with plenty of drinking to be done

should be a good combination as we approach our next SSDR.