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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.


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.

Captain Jenny Daetz, CSC, RAN

Captain Jenny Daetz
Captain Jenny Daetz (nee Morrison) was born in Penrith NSW in 1968. She joined the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell on a short service commission as an administration officer in 1986. Following a policy change allowing women to train as Seaman Officers she transferred branch in 1987 and conducted Officer of the Watch training in HMA Ships Jervis Bay, Stalwart and Moresby.

It was in HMAS Moresby that Captain Daetz was introduced to hydrographic surveying and after gaining her Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate she completed the Hydrographic Officers course at HMAS Penguin in 1990 and returned to Moresby as an assistant surveyor. Between 1992 and 1994 she served as Executive Officer in HMAS Shepparton and in 1994 completed the Royal Navy Long Hydrographic Course in HMS Drake, Plymouth before returning to Australia as the Course Implementation Officer at the RAN Hydrographic School.

As a Lieutenant, Jenny was appointed Commanding Officer of HMAS Shepparton in October 1997, being the first woman to Command a Royal Australian Navy Ship. In June 2000 she successfully completed the RAN Staff Course before posting to the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong in a Staff Officer position. At the end of 2000 she deployed to Antarctica in the privately owned vessel MV Sir Hubert Wilkins as a ‘one man’ Navy survey team where, with the assistance of the owners, volunteer crew and adventure seeking passengers, she completed a Hydrographic survey of Boat Harbour (adjacent Mawson’s Hut) and the approaches and anchorages in Commonwealth Bay.

Between 2001 and 2003 she served as Executive Officer of Hydrographic Ship (HS) White (HMA Ships Melville and Leeuwin) before returning to the Australian Hydrographic Office for another Staff Officer position. Jenny was promoted to the rank of Commander in January 2005 and assumed Command of HS Red. In December 2006, she handed over Command of HS Red and stepped ashore in Command of HMAS Cairns. During 2007 and 2008 she led this vital northern Australian support establishment through an extensive redevelopment for which she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2009.

Following a posting in Navy Strategic Command, Captain Daetz was appointed Director Hydrography, Meteorology and Oceanography Policy and Coordination (Deputy Hydrographer) in January 2011 and Director ADFA Undergraduates in November 2014. She holds a Joint Masters in Business Administration and Conflict Dispute Resolution from James Cook 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 J.J. (Sid) Alexander

Colonel J.J. (Sid) Alexander

Colonel Sid Alexander was born in Kiama NSW on 10 October 1967. He joined the Australian Army in 1987 as an officer cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). He graduated from ADFA in 1989 and the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the Royal Australian Corps of Transport in 1990. Upon graduation he promptly returned to ADFA to complete an honours degree in Science studying Physical Chemistry.

Colonel Alexander spent the remainder of his Lieutenant appointments enjoying the unique experiences of the Water Transport specialisation, culminating in a six month secondment as the second-in-command of the Army detachment to the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions during the 1993/94 summer resupply season.

Colonel Alexander was promoted to Captain in 1994 and, after completing his training as a Movements Officer, was employed as the operations officer in the 3rd Movements Unit. In 1995, Colonel Alexander was attached to Headquarters 1st Joint Movement Group as an operations staff officer for Exercise K95. In 1996, Colonel Alexander was posted to Darwin to raise and assume command of Joint Movement Control Office Darwin. Additional appointments as a Captain have included a formative appointment within the Land Force as the Adjutant of the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion and initial exposure to the theatre level of operations as a watch-keeper at Headquarters Australian Theatre in Sydney.

Colonel Alexander was promoted to Major in 1999 and was posted to JTF 112 (Operation Gold), where he was employed as a logistics planner in the JTF headquarters and seconded for a six month period to the Olympic Road Transport Authority as a transport planner and ADF liaison officer. Colonel Alexander enjoyed sub-unit command as the Officer Commanding the Ships Army Detachment HMAS MANOORA for 2001-2002. During this appointment he deployed on operations in the Solomon Islands and the Middle East Area of Operations. Colonel Alexander graduated from Australian Command and Staff College in 2003 and served as the Military Assistant to Commander Training Command-Army in 2004. He received a Training Commander’s Commendation for his service in that appointment.

Colonel Alexander was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in January 2005 and served as the Staff Officer Grade One Coordination and Development in Headquarters 17th Combat Service Support Brigade for the period 2005-2007. Colonel Alexander assumed command of the Army School of Transport upon reformation of the unit in December 2007 and enjoyed command for 2008-2009. Colonel Alexander sought enlightenment during a year of Long Term Schooling at the Capability & Technology Management College in 2010 completing a Masters of Management Studies in Defence Capability Development and Acquisition.

Colonel Alexander was promoted to Colonel in 2011 and assumed the appointment of Director Combat Service Support development within Land Branch of the Capability Development Group, where he revelled in the many challenges associated with steering complex Land projects through the capability committee system. During 2014-15, he enjoyed supporting Defence from within the Executive of Electronic Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation. In January 2016 Colonel Alexander assumed his current appointment as the Deputy Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Colonel Alexander resides with his wife Bernadette and their four school-aged daughters. He enjoys cycling, shooting and is a determined, but frequently unsuccessful, fisherman.


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 Tamara Rouwhorst, CSC
Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst

Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst joined the Australian Regular Army in 1993 and, after graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College, was appointed to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst has served her career transport and distribution logistics (primarily joint movements), training and personnel roles.

Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst completed troop command in the Transport Squadron, 7th Combat Service Support Battalion and has served three postings in 1st Joint Movements Group, including as the Officer Commanding Joint Movements Control Office Brisbane and the Joint Movement Coordination Centre. Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst received a Commander Australian Theatre Commendation for her performance of duty as the Staff Officer Grade Three Operations at Headquarters 1st Joint Movements Group in 2001 and 2002.

Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst has completed postings to both the Australian Defence Force Academy, as a Divisional Officer and as the Staff Officer Grade Three Cadets (Adjutant), and Headquarters Royal Military College of Australia, as the Staff Officer Grade Two Operations and Plans. Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst’s personnel postings include Staff Officer Grade Three Personnel, Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, including deployment with Headquarters International Force East Timor; and Staff Officer Grade Two Post – Non-Army Group, Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army.

In January 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst posted as the Staff Officer Grade One Operations Support (Personnel and Logistics), Headquarters 2nd Division. In this appointment Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst was responsible for a portfolio encompassing personnel and workforce management; logistics and supply chain management; facilities and base support; compliance assurance, technical regulation and workplace health and safety; and incident management. Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst was appointed as the Staff Officer Grade One Cultural Reform, Director General Personnel – Army in 2014, where she managed the implementation of the Pathway to Change strategy within Army and Army’s cultural reform agenda.

Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst deployed to Timor Lesté in 2000; was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Management) in 1995, Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) in 2006, Master of Arts (Strategy and Management) in 2012; and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst completed the Avril Henry “Great Leaders Are Made” Women’s Leadership Program in early 2013 and a strategic leadership and organisational culture outplacement with IBM Australia and New Zealand from September to November 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel Rouwhorst lives in Canberra with her husband Len and their sons Joshua (11), Alexander (8) and Samuel (6).


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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