Iron Fist

Commander 20th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Tom Beckett (late PARA)

Brigadier Tom Beckett was commissioned into The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars (QRIH) in 1984. After four years as a tank and recruit troop leader he was seconded to The Parachute Regiment with which he served in Aldershot and Northern Ireland. He rejoined QRIH for Op GRANBY.
On completion of the Army Command and Staff Course he served for two years as a desk officer in the Directorate of Military Operations, Ministry of Defence. 
In 1996 he rejoined The Queen’s Royal Hussars (QRH) as a squadron leader, before returning to The Parachute Regiment serving as Second-in-Command of 2 PARA in 1998. 
Following a one-year MSc in Global Security, he was posted to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone where he was the MA to the Chief of Staff. 
He transferred to The Parachute Regiment in 2001 and took command of the 1st Battalion in 2002. The Battalion deployed to Kuwait in February 2003 and took part in the liberation of Iraq.
 
Brigadier T A Beckett (late PARA), Commander 20th Armoured Brigade & Paderborn Garrison 
Brigadier Tom Beckett - Commander 20th Armoured Brigade and Paderborn Garrison  (Photo: Sgt Anthony Boocock RLC)
On relinquishing battalion command in December 2004 he was promoted to Colonel and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course before assuming the appointment of Deputy Director Higher Command and Staff Course. This was followed by a five-month deployment to Baghdad where he was the Deputy C2, Multinational Forces - Iraq.
He took command of the 20th Armoured Brigade and Paderborn Garrison in December 2007.

Previous Brigade Commanders

  • October 1940 - April 1942
  • May 1942 - July 1942
  • August 1942 - November 1942
  • December 1942 - April 1943
  • September 1950 - January 1954
  • January 1954 - March 1956
  • April 1956 - September 1958
  • September 1958 - January 1961
  • January 1961 - January 1963
  • January 1963 - November 1965
  • November 1965 - November 1967
  • December 1967 - December 1969
  • January 1970 - December 1971
  • January 1972 - December 1973
  • December 1973 - December 1975
  • December 1975 - December 1977
  • January 1978 - December 1979
  • December 1979 - December 1981
  • December 1981 - December 1983
  • December 1983 - December 1985
  • December 1985 - December 1987
  • December 1987 - December 1989
  • December 1989 - January 1992
  • January 1992 - April 1992
  • April 1992 - December 1992
  • December 1992 - January 1994
  • January 1994 - April 1996
  • April 1996 - June 1997
  • June 1997 - October 1999
  • October 1999 - December 2001
  • December 2001 - January 2004
  • January 2004 - December 2005
  • December 2005 - December 2007
  • December 2007 - date

 

Brigadier ED Fanshawe CBE                           Brigadier CAL Dunphie CBE                        Brigadier WRN Hinde                                    Brigadier FN Mitchell                                    Brigadier CWM Timmis DSO OBE                  Brigadier JW Hackett CBE DSO MC                  Brigadier AWA Llewellen-Palmer DSO MC ADC Brigadier JA d'Avigdor Goldsmid OBE MC Brigadier PRG Hobart DSO OBE MC ADC Brigadier RE Ward DSO MC                       Brigadier PJ Howard-Dobson                        Brigadier JGR Allen                                             Brigadier JW Stanier MBE                                 Brigadier RG Lawson DSO OBE                    Brigadier MR Johnston OBE                       Brigadier AW Dennis OBE                            Brigadier BC Gordon-Lennox MBE           Brigadier JJ Stibbon OBE                          Brigadier NGP Ansell OBE                                Brigadier GC Barnett OBE                                Brigadier MD Regan OBE                            Brigadier MJD Walker OBE                                  Brigadier JH Lewin MBE                                  Brigadier DA Cranston                                       Brigadier AAJR Cumming                             Brigadier AG Denaro OBE                           Brigadier ARD Pringle CBE                         Brigadier AD Leakey                                      Brigadier NR Parker                                        Brigadier JR Cook OBE MC                          Brigadier DJ Rutherford-Jones                        Brigadier NP Carter CBE                              Brigadier JR Everard CBE                           Brigadier TA Beckett

 

                        

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