Years of service1983- AllegianceUnited Kingdom Service/branchBritish Army
RankMajor-general NameJames Chiswell
Commands held2nd Bn Parachute Regiment
16 Air Assault Brigade
1st (UK) Armoured Division Battles/warsSierra Leone Civil War
War in Afghanistan
War in Iraq AwardsOrder of the British Empire, Military Cross Battles and warsSierra Leone Civil War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War
Major-General James Robert Chiswell CBE, MC (born 29 March 1964) is a British Army officer.
Educated at Allhallows College and King's College London, Chiswell was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment in 1983. He took part in Operation Barras in Sierra Leone in September 2000 and was awarded the Military Cross.
He became Commanding officer of 2nd Bn Parachute Regiment in 2004 and led his battalion in Iraq. He was then sent to Permanent Joint Headquarters, Northwood as Assistant Chief of Staff with responsibility for current operations. He went on to be Liaison Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and Commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade in December 2008 seeing service as Commander Task Force Helmand when the brigade was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2010. He became General Officer Commanding 1st Armoured Division in October 2012 and Director Special Forces in 2015.