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Commandant ADFA

Commodore Peter James Leavy, CSM, RAN
Commodore Peter James Leavy

Commodore Leavy joined the Royal Australian Naval College in 1984 and transferred to the inaugural graduating year of the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1986. After initial postings to USS Brewton (FF 1086), HMAS Hobart and the commissioning crew of HMAS Westralia, he was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate. He then joined HMAS Perth where he served as an Officer of the Watch before commencing Principle Warfare Officer (PWO) training in 1993. CDRE Leavy then served as a Warfare Officer in HMAS Swan and as the Anti Submarine Warfare Officer in the commissioning crew in HMAS Anzac. In 1998 he assumed duties as the Officer in Charge of the RAN Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section where he was involved in support to ADF operations in East Timor before joining HMAS Darwin as the Executive Officer in April 2000.

In 2002 he completed the Australian Command and Staff Course, graduating with a Masters of Management (Defence Studies). In January 2003 he posted to Navy Headquarters in Canberra as the Deputy Director Future Maritime Warfare, but was immediately seconded as the Chief of Staff to Commander Task Group 633.1 operating in the North Arabian Gulf during OPERATION FALCONER (Iraq). CDRE Leavy returned to Navy Headquarters on completion of this secondment and in 2004 was selected to command HMAS Stuart (FFH 153). He joined Stuart in May 2005 and completed a wide range of activities, including EXERCISE RIMPAC and visits and exercises with a number of other Pacific and South East Asian nations. He then assumed duties as the Director of the Sea Power Centre - Australia upon promotion to Captain in January 2007. CDRE Leavy served as CTG 158.1 in the North Arabian Gulf in late 2008 before assuming command of HMAS Sydney (FFG03) in April 2009 and deploying for NORTHERN TRIDENT 09, a global deployment in company with HMAS Ballarat. CDRE Leavy completed his time in command of Sydney undertaking SM2 Acceptance Test firings in Hawaii in June 2011 before posting to Canberra as the Director of Navy Personnel Policy in August. He was promoted to Commodore and posted as Director General Navy People in May 2012, before posting as Commodore Warfare in January 2013. In this capacity he led the ADF response to the search for MH 370 and served as the Expeditionary Strike Group commander for EXERCISE RIMPAC 14 and the Deputy Maritime Component Commander for EXERCISE TALISMAN SABRE 15. He posted as the Australian Naval Attaché to the United States in June 2016 and joined the Australian Defence Force Academy as Commandant on 11 February 2019.

CDRE Leavy holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Master of Arts (Maritime Policy) and a Master of Management (Defence Studies). He is married to Anna, and they have one daughter, Erin (2001).


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.

Bradley Scott Kilpatrick, CSC

Colonel Bradley Scott Kilpatrick

After completing high school Colonel Kilpatrick entered the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1992 and graduated to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in 1993. His first posting as a Troop Leader was with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in 1994. From 1994 to 2005 Colonel Kilpatrick held a variety of Regimental postings within the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and B Sqn 3/4 Cavalry Regiment as a Personnel Officer, Squadron Second in Command, Operations Officer and Officer Commanding B Squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

Colonel Kilpatrick has also had a variety of instructional postings to Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) as a Captain and again as a Major as the Senior Instructor of War Fighting Wing, Officer Commanding Field Training, and the Deputy Chief Instructor. These postings have given Colonel Kilpatrick a very strong knowledge of training analysis, design, development, conduct and evaluation. Colonel Kilpatrick was selected to be the Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) from 2011 to 2013. Throughout his time at ADFA he assisted the response to Phase One of the Broderick Review and he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for the training solutions he implemented in response to the recommendations made in the Broderick Review.

Colonel Kilpatrick has had staff postings in the Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army as the SO1 Operations, the SO1 Joint Amphibious Capability Implementation Team and as the Deputy Director of Defence Preparedness Requirements within Joint Capability Coordination Division. He was promoted to Colonel as the Director of Defence Preparedness Requirements and Joint Concepts in October 2014, and returned to Army Headquarters as the Director Plans-Army in 2016. In 2018 he performed the role of Chief of Staff to Land Capability Division within Army Headquarters. In December 2018 Colonel Kilpatrick commenced his current appointment as Deputy Commandant of ADFA.

Colonel Kilpatrick has been deployed to East Timor as the Second in Command of B Squadron 3/4 Cavalry Regiment in 1999; to Bosnia in 2003 with the 1st Battalion Royal Scots; to Iraq in 2005 as the Operations Officer of the first Al Muthana Task Group; and to Afghanistan in 2009 as the Deputy Director of the Counter Insurgency Training Centre. Colonel Kilpatrick was awarded a Commander Joint Operations Commendation for his service in Iraq and a United States Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Afghanistan.

Colonel Kilpatrick completed Australian Command and Staff College (Joint) in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of NSW. The topic of his thesis was: The design and implementation of adolescent learning strategies based on cognitive neuroscience and educational psychology.

Colonel Kilpatrick is married to Commander Joanne Haynes a Meteorology Oceanography officer in the Navy. His hobbies include camping, four wheel driving, surfing, Wing Chun Kung Fu and snowboarding.


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.

WO Andrew Jocumsen
Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen

WO Jocumsen was born in Cooma, NSW on 02 Apr 1966. He enlisted into the Navy on 14 April 1982 and graduated from the Junior Recruit Training Establishment, HMAS Leeuwin in Dec 1982. After category training at HMAS Cerberus he served in HMA Ships Stalwart and Jervis Bay in Sydney prior to moving to Cairns and a life in Patrol Boats.

He saw operational service in HMA Ships Whyalla and Gladstone during Operations Relex and Cranberry prior to taking up an instructional position at the Sailor’s Leadership and Management Faculty – Sydney in 1998. Posted back to HMAS Gladstone in 2000 as the Second Engineer, then PO Jocumsen was selected for a position in the Minor Vessel Sea Training Unit in 2001. As a member of the Sea Training Unit, Jocumsen’s speciality was damage control equipment and combat survivability, working up all classes of Minor War Vessel to Mission Readiness Standard.

On promotion to Chief Petty Officer in 2003, Jocumsen was posted to HMAS Whyalla as the Senior Technical Officer where he saw operational service in Operation Relex II. Selected for a posting to Samoa with his family in 2005, CPO Jocumsen served as the Technical Adviser to the Samoan Police Maritime Wing with the Pacific Patrol Boat Project for three years.

On returning to Australia in 2008, he joined the ACPB Crew Assail One serving in HMA Ships Ararat and Pirie out of Darwin. Both vessels were heavily involved in Operation Resolute during this period in addition to a deployment to Northern China in HMAS Pirie in company with HMAS Success.

Commencing the next phase of his career, CPO Jocumsen joined HMAS Kanimbla in 2010, participating in RIMPAC later that year. Kanimbla decommissioned in Nov 2011 after a series of maintenance issues which gave rise to the Rizzo Review. Jocumsen then joined the Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA) in Canberra as a Career Manager for the Marine Technical cohort before being promoted to Warrant Officer in late 2012.

After 18 months as the Production Manager for the Fleet Support Unit – North East, Jocumsen posted back to NPCMA where he successfully presented to the Tier Bravo Board in April this year. WO Jocumsen posted onto HMAS Choules in November 2015 as the Ship’s Warrant Officer.

WO Jocumsen attended Australian Command and Staff College (Joint) in 2018 achieving the award of Master of Military and Defence Studies from Australian National University. In 2019, WO Jocumsen took up the position of Academy Sergeant Major at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

WO Jocumsen is married to Katrina and together they have two daughters Tully and Neala and a son, Flyn. WO Jocumsen is a keen yachtsman and enjoys working in his shed on weekends.

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