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Deputy Chief of Army

Major General Anthony Rawlins, DSC, AM

Major General Anthony (Tony) Rawlins is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College – Duntroon. He commissioned into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in 1989.

The bulk of his command experience has been in corps roles including appointments at troop, squadron and regimental level in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. His most recent command appointment was as Commander of 7th Brigade (2016–18).

His staff, training and representational appointments have included Divisional Officer at ADFA, Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General, Senior Career Adviser at the Directorate of Career Management–Army, instructor at Australian and Canadian Command and Staff Colleges, Colonel – Plans at Headquarters 1st Division/DJFHQ, and Director-General of Military Strategic Commitments.

Major General Rawlins has attended Australian Command and Staff College (2002), and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2013).

Operationally he has served as a military observer on UNTSO (1999), Commanding Officer of Overwatch Battle Group West in Iraq (Nov 2006–Jun 2007), and Chief of Joint Operations (CJ3) on Headquarters International Security Assistance Force from Jan–Oct 2014.

He has been awarded Chief of Army and Secretary/Chief of the Defence Force Commendations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 2008, and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Major General Rawlins holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and Masters Degrees in Management, Arts and Defence Studies. In 2011, he was admitted as a Barrister/Solicitor to the ACT Supreme Court.

He is currently a non-executive director on the Board of the Mates4Mates charity, providing support to wounded, ill and injured veterans. He is currently Patron for ADF Ice Hockey, Army Combatives and Army Off-Road Motorcycling.

He and his partner, Sarah, have a young son, Zachary, eight years of age, and his leisure interests include all motorcycling genres, mountain biking, kayaking and playing ‘contemporary’ music in bands (drums and bass).


Last updated
26 January 2020
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