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Last Updated: Monday, 14 April, 2003, 21:41 GMT 22:41 UK
Tim Cross: UK's logistics expert in Iraq
Major General Tim Cross (r) with UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
Major General Tim Cross (r) has run refugee camps in the Balkans
The senior British soldier who has been placed second-in-command of the efforts to rebuild Iraq is no stranger to humanitarian operations.

Major General Tim Cross is acting as the UK's chief representative in ORHA, the Pentagon's Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.

He is one of three deputies to former United States general Jay Garner.

General Cross is a logistics expert who has dealt with numerous aid relief situations, including organising refugee camps in Macedonia and Kosovo.

He was born in 1951 and spent two years at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Army in 1971.

In 1975 he completed an in-Service degree and eight years later he studied for his MSc in guided weapons at the Army Staff College at Camberley.

General Jay Garner

He served in the Gulf as Commander Supply for 1 Armoured Division and was promoted to colonel in late 1992.

He became the first Commander Logistic Support of 3 (UK) Division in preparation for the formation of the Royal Logistic Corps in April 1993.

Two years later he was again promoted - this time to brigadier - and after serving in the Balkans he became Director General Defence Supply Chain in August 2000.

He has served on many overseas tours including Northern Ireland, Cyprus and the Gulf.

He spent considerable time in Bosnia on two occasions with the Nato-led Implementation Force (I-For) and the Stabilisation Force (S-For).

Born 1951
Joined army 1971
Director General of the Defence Supply Chain since August 2000
Logistics expert who has dealt with numerous aid relief situations including organising refugee camps in Macedonia and Kosovo
Is now one of three deputies to the US's Jay Garner, in charge of rebuilding Iraq
In 1999, as a Brigadier commanding 101 Logistic Brigade, he was deployed to Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo, and was the UK Joint Force Logistic Component Commander with the security force K-For.

He worked alongside the international aid community in both countries, before moving his military force into Kosovo.

In December 1999, he was awarded the CBE for his work in the area, co-ordinating Nato, UNHCR, British, French, German and Italian troops and non-governmental organisations from other nations.

A resolute Christian, General Cross spoke at the Association of Military Christian Fellowships' (AMCF) European conference last year.

In his address, he said effective leadership came from "winning the hearts and minds of people to achieve a common purpose".

General Cross is married with three children and lists his hobbies in Who's Who as golf, walking, reading and writing.

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