Brigadier Andrew Smith
Brigadier Andrew ‘Boomer’ Smith was born and raised in Canberra. He entered the Royal Military College in 1980, graduating in 1983 to the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers. After graduation, he returned to the Royal Military College in 1984 to complete the Honours year of his Bachelor of Arts degree with the Faculty of Military Studies, University of New South Wales.
In 1985, Brigadier Smith was posted to the 2nd/3rd Field Engineer Regiment as a Field Troop Commander and, on promotion to Captain in 1986, as Support Troop Commander with 7th Field Squadron. He subsequently served as Adjutant of the Regiment and as the Second-in-Command of 7th Field Squadron. Other Corps appointments include service as Adjutant of 4th Field Engineer Regiment (Army Reserve) and, after his promotion to Major in 1992, as Officer Commanding 25th Support Squadron, 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment. Brigadier Smith was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1998 and, in 1999 and 2000, commanded 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment. In that appointment he was responsible for raising the Joint Incident Response Unit, which supported the Sydney 2000 Games. After promotion to Colonel in 2003, he served as Director, Force Development Group within the Land Warfare Development Centre.
In 1989 and 1990 Brigadier Smith served with the United Nations Mine Clearance Training Team in Pakistan. In 1992 he undertook specialist training in nuclear, biological and chemical defence in Canada and the United States. In 2001 and 2002 Brigadier Smith was posted as the Australian Exchange Instructor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth where he instructed in Operational Warfighting and Terrorism. In 2004, Brigadier Smith deployed to Iraq where he served as the Deputy C7 (Engineer) with the Coalition headquarters, in which appointment he was heavily involved with measures to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices.
Brigadier Smith served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, 1st Division in 1989. In 1993 and 1994 he was posted to Force Development (Land) Branch within Headquarters Australian Defence Force. In 1998 he served in the Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army within the Defence Personnel Executive.
Brigadier Smith is a graduate of the Army Command and Staff College and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree, he also holds a Master of Defence Studies degree from the University of New South Wales and his thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, dealing with the employment of the Australian Defence Force in homeland security roles, was recently accepted by the same University.
Brigadier Smith was awarded a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation for his service as Commanding Officer, Joint Incident Response Regiment, and a United States Army Meritorious Service Medal for his service at Fort Leavenworth. He was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
Brigadier Smith assumed command of 7th Brigade in December 2005. In early 2006 he commanded Joint Task Force 636 during Operation Acolyte, the Australian Defence Organisation's support to the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Information is current as at 8 August 2007.