Regimental Sergeant Major - 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters
Warrant Officer Class One David Lehr was born in Wollongong, New South Wales on 1 November 1964, and educated at The Illawarra Grammar School matriculating in 1982.
He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 19 January 1983 and was allocated to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. From Gunner to Bombardier rank, he served as a Gun Number, Driver and Operator Command Post (Field) at 4th Field Regiment. In 1989, he was promoted to Sergeant and served as a Gun Sergeant and Battery Commander’s Assistant at 1st Field Regiment, and on exchange to ‘G’ Battery, 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery in the United Kingdom.
As a Sergeant, he was posted as an instructor at the Junior Leader Training Centre–Brisbane in 1991–92 and after returning to the 1st Field Regiment, he was again posted as an instructor to Regimental Training Wing, School of Artillery, North Head in 1996, and the Combined Arms Training Centre, Puckapunyal in 1997.
Promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two in November 1998, he was appointed as the Sergeant Major Instructor Gunnery of 11th Field Battery, 23rd Field Regiment. In 2002, he was posted as the Battery Guide of ‘A’ Field Battery, Holsworthy and in 2003 he was appointed as the Battery Sergeant Major of 107th Field Battery, 4th Field Regiment. In 2005, he was posted as a Defence Interviewer at Defence Force Recruiting Centre–North Queensland.
Promoted to Warrant Officer Class One in December 2005, he has served as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd/10th Field Regiment, Combined Task Force 635, and the 1st Field Regiment. In 2011, Warrant Officer Lehr completed Foundation and Single Service studies at the Australian Command and Staff College. Since 2012, his senior regimental appointments include Regimental Sergeant Major Ceremonial–Army, Regimental Sergeant Major of the 3rd Brigade and Career Manager of the Regimental Tier A WO1 portfolio at the Directorate of Soldier Career Management–Army. In 2018, he assumed the appointment as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Division.
Warrant Officer Lehr has deployed on Operation TANAGER with the 3rd Parachute Battalion Group, Royal Australian Regiment, to East Timor in 2002; Operation ANODE with the 4th Brigade to the Solomon Islands in 2007; and Operation SLIPPER as a Mentor and Training Adviser for the NATO Training Mission to Afghanistan in 2011.
Aside from Australian operational, long service and campaign medals, Warrant Officer Lehr has been awarded, the United States of America–Meritorious Service Medal and the Medal of the Order of Australia. He has also been presented the Army Combat Badge and awarded the Commander, 2nd Division Bronze Commendation.
Warrant Officer Lehr has played a number of team sports that include grade cricket and grade rugby league, and he represented the Australian Army playing rugby union and touch football. His interests are motorsports, military history, Australian and American muscle cars, and Harley-Davidson motor cycles.
Warrant Officer Lehr is married to Janelle and they have six adult children, and two grandchildren. Their second eldest son is a full-time soldier within The Royal Australian Regiment