Operation Sovereign Borders
Major General Craig Furini, AM, CSC
Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders
Major General Craig Furini is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon commissioning into the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery in 1990. Since then he has served in a wide variety of appointments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. He assumed the role of Commander Joint Agency Task Force – Operation Sovereign Borders in December 2018.
As an Artilleryman Major General Furini initially served as a Lieutenant with 8th/12th Medium Regiment, returning to the Regiment in 2000 as a Battery Commander and again in 2007 as the Commanding Officer. He also served as a Forward Observer in 4th Field Regiment and 26 Regiment (Royal Artillery) in Germany. Other artillery appointments have included student on the UK’s Gunnery Staff Course, instructor at the School of Artillery, staff officer at the Directorate of Artillery and Head of Regiment.
Outside of Artillery he served as a Captain on HQ 1st Brigade. As a Major and Lieutenant Colonel he served in the UK’s Defence Intelligence Service (DIS) and the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO). On promotion to Colonel he served as the Director of Global Operations at HQ Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) and was subsequently seconded to the National Security Staff in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as the Senior Adviser Defence Policy and Operations. In 2014 he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.
On promotion to Brigadier in January 2015 he deployed to the Middle East as the Director Strategy, Plans and Assessments on HQ Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, returning to Australia in March 2016 to HQJOC as the Director General Plans. In addition to his most recent deployment he has deployed to Cambodia (with the UN) (1993), East Timor (2000), Iraq (2003) and Afghanistan (2009).
Major General Furini was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2006 for his work in the intelligence community. In 2017 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his role in Operation Inherent Resolve and was also awarded the US Legion of Merit. He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course and Defence and Strategic Studies Course and holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Management (Defence Studies) and Masters of Arts (Strategic Studies).