Brigadier K Skempton CBE (UK Army)

Deputy Chief of Staff for Support, ACE Rapid Reaction Corps

Brigadier Keith Skempton was commissioned into The Cheshire Regiment in 1969. He has served with this Infantry Regiment in Europe, the Middle East and Far East as well as in the UK, including a number of operational tours in Northern Ireland. After attending the Army Staff College at Camberley in 1981 he was appointed Chief of Staff of 33 Armoured Brigade in Paderborn, Germany.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1986 and was appointed Military Assistant to the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland. In 1988 he assumed command of the 1st Battalion The Cheshire Regiment in Chester, seeing the Battalion through its tercentenary and an operational tour in South Armagh. On promotion to Colonel in 1991, he became Deputy Chief of Staff of 1st Armoured Division as the Division returned from the Gulf to Germany. He saw the Division through reconstitution and, with the reduction of British Forces Germany, the closure of the Headquarters in Verden.

Brigadier Skempton was posted to Wilton in 1993 as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Logistics (Operations and Plans) at Headquarters Land Command and was double-hatted as Assistant Chief of Staff Logistics in the Joint Headquarters. In this latter capacity, he was responsible for the logistic aspects of deployment, sustainment and recovery for operations in Rwanda, Angola, Kuwait as well as the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in its UN and NATO structures.

He was promoted to Brigadier on appointment as Chief of Staff, British Forces Cyprus, in 1996 and was appointed DCOS (Support) HQ ARRC in April 1988. He has been Mentioned in Despatches twice for service in Northern Ireland and was awarded CBE in the 1997 New Year’s Honours for his work at HQ LAND.

Brigadier Skempton is 49 years old. He and his wife, Sue, have one 18-year-old daughter who starts a university course this year. Brigadier Skempton likes to keep fit and enjoys most sports, having a special interest in sailing, both offshore and dinghy, skiing and social tennis. His interests include motor vehicles, travel and photography.

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