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Regimental Sergeant Major - Special Operations Command

10 February 2017

Born in Warrington, United Kingdom, Warrant Officer Class One Paul Dunbavin enlisted in the Australian Army in 1987. From the 1st Recruit Training Battalion he was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and on completion on his Initial Infantry Training was posted to the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.

Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin spent six years at the 3rd Battalion achieving the rank of Corporal and in 1993 was posted to the 1st Recruit Training Battalion as a Recruit Instructor. In 1995, he was posted back tothe 3rd Battalion on promotion as a Platoon Sergeant. In 2000 he was posted to the Parachute Training School and promoted to Warrant Class Two in 2001.

In 2002, Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin successfully completed the Commando Reinforcement Training and was posted to the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment as the Air Operations Warrant Officer. In 2003, he became Company Sergeant Major for Alpha Company and in 2006 he was again internally posted within the 4th Battalion as the Operations Warrant Officer. In 2007, he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of the Parachute Training School.

In 2009, Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin participated in Exercise Long Look as the Regimental Sergeant Major to Defence Attache in London. In 2010, he was appointed as Career Manager Special Forces at the Soldier Career Management Agency.

In 2012, Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Commando Regiment during which time he was the Regimental Sergeant Major for the Special Operations Task Group Rotation 19 in Afghanistan. In 2014, he took up the appointment as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 5th Brigade and in 2016, wasselected as the 5th Command Sergeant Major Special Operations Command Australia.

Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin has served operationally in the Sinai Egypt, East Timor, Afghanistan, and Timor Leste. He is currently undertaking his Bachelors Degree in Organisational Leadership.

In 2015, Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin was presented an Order of the Australia Medal for services as a Regimental Sergeant during Operation Slipper and in Special Operations Command Australia.

Warrant Officer Class One Dunbavin is married to Nicolle and they have two children. His hobbies include cooking, military history, military parachuting, running and keeping fit.

Last updated
10 February 2017
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