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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force

Reserve and Youth Division

Biography - Acting Deputy Head RYD

Colonel Simon (Scotty) Clive Palmer

Acting Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division / Deputy Commander ADF Cadets, Colonel Simon (Scotty) Clive Palmer

Scotty Palmer was born on 20th Oct 1969 in Wrexham, Wales. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1991 and was allocated the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. He served in Regimental appointments at the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and B Squadron 3rd/4th Cavalry Regiment where COL Palmer developed an excellent understanding of Combined Arms and Joint Operations at the tactical and operational levels.

COL Palmer possesses extensive operational experience, ranging from high end peacekeeping to War service. In 1998-99 he served on Headquarters 3rd Brigade during which time he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of a British Armoured Battle Group and to East Timor during INTERFET as a Current Operations Officer. He returned to East Timor as the Operations Officer of the 2nd Battalion Group during UNTAET and was awarded a 3 Star UN Force Commanders Commendation. In 2007/08 COL Palmer deployed to Iraq during “The Surge” as a Plans Team Leader with the Multi National Force Iraq HQ. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his efforts in managing coalition operations. In 2011 he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and served on the ISAF Joint Command Headquarters as a Planning Team Leader. Deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq have provided him an excellent grounding in Counter Insurgency Operations and experience in operating within the complexities of a Coalition environment.

COL Palmer attended Command and Staff College in 2003 and then spent five years in Army Headquarters in a range of demanding staff positions. As the SO1 Operations he was awarded a Chief of Army Gold Commendation for his work in force protection enhancement. In 2009-10 he served as the Commanding Officer of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka and on return from Afghanistan in 2011 worked in Parliament House as the Defence Advisor to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. COL Palmer then served as the Director of Plans and Concepts within Capability Development Group where he was awarded an ADF Gold Commendation for his coordination of the Defence Capability Plan in 2012. He then spent three years back in Army Headquarters serving as the Director of Major Systems Development and as the Director of the Land Mobility Systems Program with Modernisation Branch. He is currently serving as the Chief of Staff in the Reserve and Youth Division and Australian Defence Force Cadet Headquarters.

COL Palmer has demonstrated that he is both willing and capable of applying himself across a wide variety of employment opportunities at the Strategic level. His performance to date underlines his strength as an outcome focused, reliable and flexible Officer who eagerly commits himself to his assigned tasks. Experience in Service Headquarters, Parliament House, Capability Development Group, on representational duties and managing portfolio level tasks reinforce his potential for increased responsibility and more demanding appointments within Defence. His capability development experience and broad background is particularly noteworthy given the major reforms underway within Defence.

COL Palmer has been awarded a Bachelor of Professional Studies from the University of New England, holds a Masters in Management from the University of Canberra, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Managing Successful Programmes practitioner. He has four children; a daughter Charlotte and three sons Angus, Billy and Freddie. His key interests include spending time with his children, following all codes of football, watching cricket, international travel and wine collecting.