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In November 1993, Jeffery was appointed Governor of Western Australia and in June 1996 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).[8] He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) on 1 April 2000.[5][9]

Jeffery retired from the military in 1993, and was appointed to the ceremonial place of Honorary Colonel of the SASR.[7]

From 1982 to 1983, Jeffery headed Australia’s nationwide counter-terrorist co-ordination authority. In 1985 he was promoted to main normal, being appointed to command the first Division the next 12 months. In 1990 he turned Deputy Chief of the General Staff and in 1991 he was appointed Assistant Chief of the General Staff for Materiel.[6]

In 1972, Jeffery was promoted to lieutenant colonel,[5] commanding the 2nd Battalion of the Pacific Islands Regiment from 1974 to 1975. He assumed command of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) in Perth from 7 January 1976 till 22 October 1977, and was then promoted to colonel as the primary Director of the Army’s Special Action Forces in 1979.[6][page needed]

After graduating in 1958, he served in quite a lot of junior positions earlier than being posted to Malaya in 1962 for operational service. From 1966 to 1969 he served in Papua New Guinea. During this posting, he married Marlena Kerr of Sydney, with whom he had three sons and a daughter. This was adopted by a tour of responsibility within the Vietnam War, throughout which he was awarded the Military Cross (MC).[3][4]

Jeffery was born in Wiluna, Western Australia, on 12 December 1937,[1] and was educated at Kent Street Senior High School. At 16 he left Perth to attend the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Canberra.[2]

Jeffery was at varied phases commander of the Special Air Service Regiment and the first Division, and subsequently Deputy Chief of General Staff, earlier than retiring from energetic service in 1993. After serving for seven years as Governor of Western Australia, Jeffery was appointed Governor-General of Australia in 2003, following the resignation of Peter Hollingworth. He was the primary profession Australian Army officer to carry the place, and was succeeded by Quentin Bryce.

From Perth, Western Australia, Jeffery graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and served within the Malayan Emergency and the Vietnam War, being awarded the Military Cross throughout the latter battle.

Major General Philip Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC (12 December 1937 – 18 December 2020) was a senior Australian Army officer and vice-regal consultant. He was the twenty eighth Governor of Western Australia from 1993 to 2000, and the twenty fourth Governor-General of Australia, serving from 2003 to 2008.

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