David Mark Cullen

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David Cullen
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David Cullen
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1982–2016
Rank Major General
Commands held 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
12th Mechanized Brigade
Battles/wars Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Major General David Mark Cullen CB, OBE is a senior British Army officer. He served as the Assistant Chief of the General Staff from 2013 to 2015.

Military career[edit]

Cullen was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1982.[1] He served as commanding officer of the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery during deployment to Basra in Iraq in 2004,[2] for which he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[3] He was made Commander of the 12th Mechanized Brigade in November 2007, in which role he saw service in Afghanistan,[4] Director of Army Staff in December 2009,[5] and Chief of Staff for Land Forces in October 2011.[6] He went on to serve as Assistant Chief of the General Staff from January 2013 to December 2015.[5][7][8] He is now an adviser to the Ministry of Defence.[9] Cullen retired from the British Army on 11 May 2016.[10]


  1. ^ "No. 48995". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1982. p. 7225.
  2. ^ Heroes of Hell: our boys in Basra Sunday Mirror, 25 July 2004
  3. ^ Bravery awards for British soldiers The Guardian, 18 March 2005
  4. ^ 12 Brigade joins Salisbury’s Celebrations Drumbeat, August 2009
  5. ^ a b "Senior Army appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  6. ^ Army saves money after soldiers get extra Xmas leave The Telegraph, 2 December 2012
  7. ^ "Major General Nick Welch". Corenet. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Annual Newsletter" (PDF). Regimental Association of The Rifles and The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  9. ^ "David Cullen". LinkedIn. 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  10. ^ "No. 61656". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 July 2016. p. 16081.
Military offices
Preceded by
James Everard
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
Succeeded by
Nick Welch