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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.

Colonel James Murray


Colonel James Murray is the Deputy Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Prior to this appointment, in 2020, he was the Deputy Commander of Train, Advise, Assist Command – South (TAAC-S) within the NATO RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission in Afghanistan as part of Operation HIGHROAD. He was the Deputy Commander of a US led coalition force of 10,000 military, civilian, and contract personnel arrayed across Kandahar Airfield and four provinces. His responsibilities included COVID-19 response, key leader engagement, coalition relationships, force protection, operations, intelligence, planning, and reform of the force aligned to strategic guidance. This appointment provided outstanding experiences in command, leadership and management of a large complex international organization in an environment of risk.

From 2017 – 2019 Colonel Murray was the Chief of Defence Force Liaison Officer and Senior National Representative to US Central Command. He represented Australia’s national interests to US military leaders at the highest levels, contributed to whole of government understanding of US policy and operations in the Central Command region, and was the strategic and operational conduit for Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Joint Operations to US Central Command.

Commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Colonel Murray’s regimental experience was formed in the 3rd Brigade, the 1st Division and through exchanges with the British Army and US Army. He has commanded at all regimental levels. His signals appointments at every level from Battalion to Joint Task Force have given him a deep understanding of joint mission command. During this phase of his career Colonel Murray served and commanded on operations in the Balkans (1996), East Timor (1999), the Middle East (2002) and the Solomon Islands (2003).

Colonel Murray attended the US Army Command & General Staff College in 2005–06 and upon return commenced more advanced command and staff appointments such as Chief Instructor Royal Military College - Duntroon (2006-07) and Director International Engagement – Army (2008-09).

Colonel Murray commanded the 1st Signal Regiment from 2010-12 and commanded Force Communications Unit Six on Operation SLIPPER from December 2011 – May 2012 with troops dispersed throughout Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE. As the Military Assistant to Commander 1st Division / Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (2013) he gained insights into the responsibilities of a functional commander and the executive functions of Army and Defence.

Upon promotion Colonel Murray was Director of the Land C3 Program at AHQ (2014-16). He ensured Land 200 Phase 1 achieved Full Operational Capability and implemented One Defence reforms to establish a program approach to Army Digitisation. He sponsored, on behalf of Chief of Army, a multi-billion dollar Integrated Investment Plan program and gained valuable insights into Defence investment decision making and program management.

Colonel Murray holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University, Graduate Diplomas in CIS Management and International Relations and a Bachelor of Economics from ANU. Colonel Murray is married and he and his wife have three very active sons.

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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