Gwyn Jenkins


General Gwyn Jenkins, CB, OBE, ADC is a senior Royal Marines officer, serving as Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff since August 2022. He was concurrently appointed Commandant General Royal Marines in November 2022.

Gwyn Jenkins
Jenkins in 2022
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Marines
Commands heldCommandant General Royal Marines
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
3 Commando Brigade
Special Boat Service
Battles/warsThe Troubles
International Force East Timor
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Early life and education Edit

Jenkins was educated at Malmesbury School.[1] He graduated from the Military College Shrivenham in 2004, where he completed a master's degree in Defence Studies.[2]

Military career Edit

Jenkins was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1990. He spent time as a junior officer in the Commando Logistics Regiment and on operations in Northern Ireland with 42 Commando.[3] He became commanding officer of the Special Boat Service (SBS) in 2009.[4] He was promoted to colonel from acting colonel on 1 July 2011,[5] and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Afghanistan during the period 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2012".[6]

Im 2012, he was appointed military assistant to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[7] On 1 July 2015, he was promoted from acting brigadier to brigadier.[8] He went on to become Deputy National Security Adviser for Conflict, Stability and Defence in 2016,[9] commander 3 Commando Brigade in 2017,[10] and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy) in 2019.[11] Jenkins was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2021 New Year Honours.[12]

As a general Edit

General Jenkins inspecting his first parade as Commandant General Royal Marines in November 2022

Jenkins was promoted to general on 30 August 2022, skipping the rank of lieutenant general,[13] and took up the post of Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.[14] He is the first four-star Royal Marine general after Sir Gordon Messenger since 2016 and only the second since 1977. At the same time he was made an Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the Queen.[13] Jenkins also became Commandant General Royal Marines on 25 November, succeeding Lieutenant General Robert Magowan. Jenkins became the first full general to serve as Commandant General since the 1970s.[15][16]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Students inspired by visit of Major General Jenkins". Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ "General Gwyn Jenkins CB OBE ADC". HM Government. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  3. ^ "General Gwyn Jenkins CB OBE ADC". HM Government. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  4. ^ Romaniello, Federica (27 July 2022). "New Vice Chief of the Defence Staff appointed". Forces Network. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  5. ^ "No. 59860". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 July 2011. p. 14180.
  6. ^ "No. 60283". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 September 2012. p. 18623.
  7. ^ "Letter to Mr Don Kentish" (PDF). 550 Squadron Association. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ "No. 61339". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 September 2015. p. 16198.
  9. ^ "Cabinet Office staff and salary data: senior posts as at 31 March 2016 – GOV.UK". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Senior Royal Navy Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Press Reader Article". Daily Telegraphy. Retrieved 9 March 2019 – via PressReader.
  12. ^ "No. 63218". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2020. p. N2.
  13. ^ a b "No. 63818". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 September 2022. p. 17754.
  14. ^ "Major General Gwyn Jenkins appointed new Vice Chief of the Defence Staff". Ministry of Defence. 27 July 2022. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  15. ^ "Royal Marines appoint new Commandant General". 25 November 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  16. ^ "No. 63889". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 November 2022. p. 22839.
Military offices
Preceded by Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff
Preceded by Commandant General Royal Marines