Colonel Kim Gilfillan, as Commander Landing Force, is a joint commander of Australia’s Amphibious Task Group. He was commissioned into the Australian Army Aviation Corps in 1996. In addition to a wide range of staff and training appointments, as an exchange officer he commanded the British Army Lynx Detachment on operations in Iraq in 2006, and later commanded 161 Reconnaissance Squadron (which flew the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter). Prior to assuming his current appointment in January 2019, he commanded the 5th Aviation Regiment for which service he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.
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