Brigadier David Short appointed as General Secretary at the ACFA

11 September 2013

Brigadier David Short joined the Army Cadet Force Association (ACFA) as General Secretary on 9 September, following the retirement of Brigadier Mike Wharmby.

The majority of Brigadier David Short’s 30-year Army career was spent in aviation, culminating in a joint Services 1 Star appointment as Director of Army Aviation and Director of Development in the Joint Helicopter Command. Brigadier Short has also held appointments in NATO and the Defence Academy, both at the Royal College of Defence Studies, and as a member of the Directing Staff at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is also credited with having helped introduce Apache into the Field Army, when he was the Commanding Officer of the 9th Regiment Army Air Corps in Dishforth, North Yorkshire.

Brigadier Short’s most recent role was as Chief of Staff within the newly formed Headquarters Support Command which led him to the ACFA. Commenting on his move to the ACFA, Brigadier Short said: “The delivery of the cadet experience was always firmly on the radar at Support Command. When you look at the fabulous work that the adult volunteers do for the cadets, it’s a life changing experience. You can see how they start their journey of personal development, from being young and relatively naïve teenagers to more rounded, confident and valuable young adults who stand head and shoulders above their peers in society. I am excited to be part of this.”