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Mark Lax

Vice Chairman/Director


Legatee Mark Lax OAM, CSM joined the RAAF in 1974 and had operational, flight test and instructional tours before completing several staff positions. He was also Base Commander of RAAF East Sale and RAAF Richmond. In 2002 he was the senior Australian officer in US Central Command for Op Slipper. Mark later held several senior posts developing policy and strategy before retiring in January 2007 after which he joined Canberra Legacy. 

Mark transferred to the RAAF Reserves where he still continues to provide specialist advice. Between 2008 and 2015, he was appointed to the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal which considers ADF medal claims. 

Mark holds a BSc in Physics, a MA(Hons) and a PhD and writes and publishes widely. He is a graduate of the AICD, and currently works at the AWM on the Official History Project writing on ADF operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Regarding his Legacy time, Mark has served as Canberra Legacy President twice and has been widely involved with Legacy in general.  He was appointed Vice Chairman of Legacy Australia in November 2023 and serves on the Governance Committee as Chair and the National Marketing Committee. 

Mark is married to Margaret (also a Legatee) and has two daughters and three grandchildren.