Tom Beckett

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Anthony Beckett, KCB, CBE (born 1962) was a British Army officer. He served as Chief of Staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

Sir Tom Beckett
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1984 – 2018
Commands held1st Bn the Parachute Regiment
20th Armoured Brigade
Battles/warsGulf War
Sierra Leone Civil War
War in Iraq
War in Afghanistan
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Military careerEdit

Educated in Dublin,[1] Beckett was commissioned into the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars in 1984.[2] After serving in the Gulf War in 1991 and Sierra Leone Civil War in 2001, he became commanding officer of 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment in 2002 in which role he was deployed for the Invasion of Iraq in 2003.[2] He became Deputy Director, Higher Command and Staff Course in 2005, Commander of 20th Armoured Brigade in 2007 (in which role he was again deployed to Iraq) and Director Commitments at Headquarters Land Forces in 2009.[2] He went on to be Deputy Commander of the NATO Rapid Deployable Italian Corps in July 2010 in which role was deployed as Chief of Staff for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.[2] Beckett retired in 2018.[3]

Beckett became Defence Senior Advisor Middle East at the Ministry of Defence with the rank of lieutenant-general in late 2014.[4]


  1. ^ Irish troops will celebrate St Patrick's Day Defence Forces Ireland
  2. ^ a b c d Deputy commander NRDC-ITA - 9 NATO Biography
  3. ^ "Sir Tom Beckett". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  4. ^ Service appointments The Times, 1 February 2014