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Commandant ADFA

Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, AM
Brigadier Cheryl Pearce

Brigadier Cheryl Pearce was born in Loxton South Australia and graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985, commissioning into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Brigadier Pearce’s regimental service includes command appointments within both the operational and domestic environment. During the period 2003 to 2006 Brigadier Pearce commanded the Defence Police Training Centre (2003) and 1st Military Police Battalion (2004-2006) and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional Service during her four year command tenure.

Staff appointments include experience within Headquarters 1st Brigade, G3 Branch Land Headquarters, Staff Officer Commandant Australian Defence Force Academy, Provost Marshal-Army, Directing Staff Australian Command and Staff College, Director Network Centric Warfare Capability Development Group, Director Special Operation Support and Chief of Staff Army Headquarters. Brigadier Pearce also holds the Military Police Head of Corps appointment.

Brigadier Pearce attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2001 and Higher Defence College in 2013. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, Masters of Intelligence, Policing and Counter Terrorism from Macquarie University and a Masters of Arts (Defence Studies) from Deakin University. Brigadier Pearce has also participated in a number of short courses including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Harvard Leadership Program, and the Commander Joint Task Force Seminar.

Brigadier Pearce’s operational experience includes working as part of the United Nations in East Timor (2002) where she was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for bravery and her most recent appointment as Commander Task Group Afghanistan (2016).

Brigadier Pearce has a partner Paul and two daughters Michallie and Maddison who are currently studying at university.


Deputy Commandant

The Deputy Commandant is responsible for the Australian Defence Force Academy Headquarters and Australia's Federation Guard. The Deputy Commandant provides strategic advice and performs decision making and managerial functions in support of the Commandant.

Colonel Richard Mallet

Colonel Richard Mallet

Colonel Richard Mallet has served for over 34 years in the British Army and Australian Defence Force - originally enlisting as a Rifleman in Infantry where he served with the 1st Battalion Royal Green Jackets.

Colonel Mallet is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst and the Australian Command & Staff College. He has also qualified as a military helicopter pilot and parachutist. Colonel Mallet has commanded at troop, squadron and battalion levels and has also completed instructional appointments at the Royal Military College - Duntroon and the Australian Command & Staff College.

Colonel Mallet has served in the Falkland Islands & South Georgia, Northern Ireland, Southern Africa and Cyprus. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan as an embed with the US military; once as a multi-national team lead as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 09/10 and again in 15/16 in southern Afghanistan leading the Security Force Assistance component of the Operation Resolute Support mission.

Colonel Mallet enjoys all aspects of sport parachuting and ultra-running.


Director Education and Training

The Director Education and Training is responsible for the military education and training of the Capability Technology and Management College, Defence Force Chaplains College and Officer Training College.

Colonel Mitchell Kent

Colonel Kent

COL Mitch Kent enlisted in the Australian Army in 1988 into the Australian Defence Force Academy. He subsequently graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1990, and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.

As a junior officer, COL Kent filled appointments as a tank troop leader, cavalry squadron technical officer and second in command, then instructor and adjutant at the School of Armour. He undertook long terms schooling at the Royal Military College of Science – Shrivenham and returned to fill an appointment within the Light Armoured Vehicle acquisition program, whereupon he was promoted to Major and went on to serve as a Cavalry Squadron Commander and Armour Instructor at Combat Command Wing.

As a Lieutenant Colonel, COL Kent initially served as the Combined Arms Trade and Training manager at the Combat Arms Training Centre and was then appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Royal Military College - Duntroon. In 2010 he was appointed as the Assistant Military Attaché in Washington, DC and returned to Australia in 2013, upon promotion, to assume the Director International Engagement position on Army Headquarters. In 2016 he served as the Director Global Operations within Headquarters Joint Operations Command and assumed his current appointment in 2018.

In 2002 COL Kent led a small Army contingent involved in border protection operations aboard RAN ships, and in early 2003 he deployed for the US led invasion of Iraq and served as the Australian Army Liaison Officer with various coalition elements in Kuwait and Iraq. In 2014-15 he deployed as the Commander of a multinational Coalition Advisory Team advising the Afghan 205th Corps in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Hon) from the University of NSW, a Masters of Science from Cranfield University (UK) and a Masters of Management from the University of Canberra.


Commanding Officer, Officer Training College

The Commanding Officer of the Officer Training College is responsible for the day to day administration, discipline and command of the officer cadets and midshipmen as well as delivering military training that gives officer cadets and midshipmen the knowledge and skills, and promotes the values and attitudes required by the three Services. This is achieved through delivery of the ADFA Military Education and Training program and coordination of the Single Service Training program.

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Chapman
Lieutenant Colonel Chapman

Lieutenant Colonel Chapman entered ADFA in 1998. On graduation from RMC-D in 2001 he joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. From 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman completed three years as a Rifle and Reconnaissance Platoon Commander in the 6th Battalion, including 4 months as an Instructor at the School of Infantry.

In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman was selected for service with SASR, where he undertook roles as a troop commander and squadron operations officer until 2010. During this period, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman was awarded a Special Operations Commander Commendation for his work in enhancing relations with the Indonesian Special Forces and a Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in combat as a troop commander on SOTG. In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman was posted to Delta Force in the United States where he fulfilled duties as both a troop and squadron operations officer for the National Contingency Squadron.

On return from this posting, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman completed his sub-unit command at SASR, where he was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for leadership in combat whilst a Squadron Commander on SOTG. In 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman completed Australian Command and Staff College, where he was awarded the Chief of Army Prize. The following year, he was posted to Army Headquarters as the Staff Officer to Director General Modernisation – Army. Subsequently, he served for two years as the Australian Instructor at the Indonesian Army Staff College in Bandung, Indonesia. He is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of the Officer Training College at ADFA.

Lieutenant Colonel Chapman's operational experiences include a deployment to East Timor as the Reconnaissance Platoon Commander with the 6th Battalion; numerous rotations to Afghanistan as a SASR squadron operations officer, troop commander and squadron commander on SOTG; and as an operations officer and troop commander in C Squadron, Delta Force on Operation Enduring Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Chapman has also commanded numerous training assistance teams to South-East Asia, personnel security detachments to the Middle East and domestic counter-terrorism activities within the interagency environment.

Lieutenant Colonel Chapman has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UNSW and a Masters of Defence Studies from ANU. He is also qualified as a higher level Indonesian linguist.

Lieutenant Colonel Chapman is married to Anne-Marie and they have a 4-year old son and a two-year old daughter. His interests include running, surfing and sailing.


Academy Sergeant Major

The Academy Sergeant Major is responsible for the maintenance of military standards of discipline, dress and bearing by all uniformed personnel, and the provision of advice on the Defence Force Discipline Act and ceremonial matters.

Warrant Officer Scott Chenery
Warrant Officer Scott Chenery

WOFF Scott Chenery enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 07 April 1981. After initial training at Number 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) Edinburgh, and the School of Technical Training Wagga Wagga, WOFF Chenery served as a supplier from 1981 to 1989. Postings included RAAF Tottenham, No 6 Hospital Laverton, Base Squadron Point Cook and Base Squadron Laverton. In 1989 WOFF Chenery completed General Service Instructor training and was subsequently posted to 1RTU as a Recruit Instructor.

In 1992 WOFF Chenery was posted to the School of Technical Training Discipline Flight to instruct on No 46 Apprentice Intake. It was during this period WOFF Chenery was awarded a Training Command Commendation. WOFF Chenery has also served at the Australian Defence Force Academy as an attached General Service Instructor.

In May 2001 WOFF Chenery remustered to Warrant Officer Disciplinary (WOD). As a WOD, WOFF Chenery has served as the Force Element Group WOD at Surveillance and Control Group, Base WOD at Combat Support Unit East Sale and Base WOD RAAF Tindal.

In 2011 WOFF Chenery remustered to Executive Warrant Officer and was posted to 396 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing as the Wing Warrant Officer, in 2014 to HQ Northern Command as the Command Warrant Officer and in 2016 achieved his long term goal to be appointed as the Academy Sergeant Major Australian Defence Force Academy.

WOFF Chenery has deployed twice to the Middle East Area of Operations in support of Operation CATALYST and SLIPPER, once to the Timor Lest area of operations in support of Operation ASTUTE and most recently to the Multi National Base Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan as the Base Warrant Officer.

WOFF Chenery is a nationally accredited Defence dispute resolution practitioner who maintains currency by performing pro bono work for the Community Justice Centre.

WOFF Chenery is married to Maria and they have two children Stephen 19 and Sarah 17 who share in the family’s passion for travel.

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