He was born in Timaru and now Rhys Jones is the top man in the New Zealand Army.
In a formal ceremony on Thursday, Major General Rhys Jones officially became New Zealand's Chief of Army, replacing retiring chief, Major General Lou Gardiner.
Major General Jones was born in Timaru on May 2, 1960, and educated at Wanganui Boys' College.
He enlisted in the New Zealand Army in December 1978 and attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Australia from 1979 to 1982.
Major General Jones attended staff college at Fort Leavenworth in the United States, and also studied at the Australian Defence College. He has a Master of Arts in strategic studies from La Trobe University in Melbourne, as well as a Diploma in Qualitative Futures.
He has seen operational duty in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation as an observer, and with the Observer Group Lebanon as an operations officer.
He and his wife Debbie have three children. His hobbies include reading history, war gaming and black powder shooting.
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