Command Sergeant Major - Forces Command
Warrant Officer Class One David Allen was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1963. He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army in May 1981 and on completion of recruit training was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
Warrant Officer Class One Allen has served in a number of Australian Army units, including; the 5th/7th Battalion and 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment; the 5th/6th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment and the 4th/3rd Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment. He has held the positions of section commander, platoon sergeant, company mechanisied sergeant, training Warrant Officer, and Company Sergeant Major.
His instructional assignments have included: Platoon Sergeant - Infantry Initial Employment Training at the School of Infantry; Senior Instructor at the Land Warfare Detachment – Victoria; and the Training and Development Warrant Officer at the Royal Military College - Duntroon. He served on exchange at the United States Infantry School, Ft Benning, from October 1997 to December 1999 as a Tactics Team Sergeant Major where he was awarded the United States Army Meritorious Service Medal.
Warrant Officer Class One Allen has held Regimental appointments as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 5th/6th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment; the 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment; the Wing Sergeant Major Rifleman Wing, Regimental Sergeant Major of Combat Training Centre and Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Brigade. His operational service includes Operation Citadel, East Timor in 2003 and Operation Slipper in 2008/09.
Warrant Officer Class One Allen was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2013 for meritorious service as the Regimental Sergeant Major of 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment; Regimental Sergeant Major, Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force One and; Regimental Sergeant Major, Combat Training Centre.
Warrant Officer Class One Allen holds a Bachelor of Training and Management Development from the University of New England.