Regimental Sergeant Major - Army
Warrant Officer Don Spinks was born, raised and educated in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales. He enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in January 1979 and on completion of Basic Recruit Training he was assigned to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.
On completion of Initial Employment Training he was posted to 4th Cavalry Regiment, during this posting he was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1982 and Corporal in 1985.
In 1987 he was posted to the Armoured Centre, Puckapunyal as a Corporal Instructor at Corps Training Wing. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1989 and was posted to 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Sydney where he served as a Troop Sergeant in A Squadron and Regimental Headquarters. In 1991 he was posted to the School of Armour as an Instructor Tactics and Gunnery.
He was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two in 1992 and was posted to the Royal Military College Duntroon where he served in both Field and Drill Wings. In 1996 he was posted to 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Darwin as a Squadron Sergeant Major. During this posting he also completed the duties of Regimental Training Warrant Officer and Regimental Sergeant Major.
He was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One in January 1999 and in 2000 he was selected to attend the United States (US) Army Sergeants Majors Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas where he completed the US Army Sergeants Major and the Command Sergeant Majors Courses. He then served as an instructor at the academy the following year. For his service with the Sergeants Majors Academy he was awarded the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Warrant Officer Spinks’ Regimental Sergeant Major appointments include the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Multi National Force and Observers - Sinai Egypt in 2004, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, 1st Brigade in 2008-2009, Joint Task Force 633 on Operation Slipper in 2010. In 2011, he was appointed Command Sergeant Major Forces Command – Army.
In January 2007 he was awarded the Medal for the Order of Australia for meritorious service to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps and to the Multi-National Force and Observers - Sinai.
In March 2015 he was appointed as the 10th Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army and commenced his appointment on 9 July 2015.
Warrant Officer Spinks is married to Jennifer; he has two children and five grandchildren. He is a keen Rugby supporter and enjoys exercise, outdoor activities and travel.