Captain Ash Judd
Ash grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and studied Economics at the University of Sydney before graduating from RMC-D in 2007. He was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and posted to 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR). Immediately upon finishing training, Ash was sent on Mission Specific Training before deploying to Afghanistan for nine months as part of the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force – 1 (MRTF-1). In this role he was responsible for commanding a Platoon Team of almost 50 soldiers and seven armoured vehicles.
“Whilst the operation was extremely demanding, the honour of commanding Australian soldiers on operations in service of the nation's interests was something I will cherish forever” he said.
“The most memorable moment of my Afghanistan deployment was when my Platoon was forced to evacuate a severely wounded comrade under fire in the Chora Valley in 2008. The Platoon was successful due to the efforts of the highly talented and courageous soldiers under my command and the way the team bonded together to defeat a difficult enemy is something that will always make me very proud.”
In 2010, Ash was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his role in the Chora Valley.
Since returning from Afghanistan, Ash has been posted to School of Infantry in instructional and planning roles and is now working at the Headquarters of the 2nd Division, involved in planning for the generation of Army Reserve capability.
“During this time I have also been fortunate to be sponsored by Army to complete a Master of Arts (Strategy and Security) through ADFA.”