Bruce Kafer

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Bruce Kafer
Born 1959 (age 54–55)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1977–present
Rank Commodore
Commands held Australian Defence Force Academy
Combined Task Force 152/158
Hydrographic Service
HMAS Leeuwin
HMAS Flinders
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Member of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross

Commodore Bruce Kafer AMCSCRAN (born 1959) is a senior Royal Australian Navy officer and former Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy, a position he held December 2009 until December 2013. Kafer will succeed Commodore Geoff Geraghty as the Director-General of the Australian Navy Cadets in December of 2014.

Naval career[edit]

Born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Kafer was admitted to the Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay as a cadet midshipman in 1977. He subsequently trained on USS Chicago, HMAS Supply, HMAS Moresby and HMAS Swan before specialising as a Hydrographic Surveyor in 1982. As such, he served primarily aboard the survey ships Flinders and Moresby.

In 1986, he began an exchange with the Royal Navy, including senior Hydrographic Officer posts aboard HMS Fawn and HMS Herald, which included time spent in the Persian Gulf as part as British anti-mine efforts in the Iran-Iraq War.[1]

Returning to Australia in 1992, he took up command of HMAS Flinders, and in 1994 was appointed as a Director of the RAN Staff College. After another period as a Hydrographic Officer, in 1997 he took command of HMAS Leeuwin upon its commission into the RAN. Late in 2000, he returned to the Australian Hydrographic Office to begin a four-year appointment as Commander of the RAN Hydrographic, Meteorological and Oceanographic Force Element Group.[1]

He later served as Chief of the Combat Support Group at RAN Headquarters and then returned to Iraq to begin an appointment as Commander Task Forces 152 and 158, coalition maritime task forces which were responsible for security and interception operations in the Gulf.[2]

In December 2009 Kafer assumed duties as Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.[2] He held the post until December 2013, when he was replaced by Air Commodore Alan Clements

Personal life[edit]

Commodore Kafer and his wife, Geraldine, have two adult sons.

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png CSC Australia ribbon.png GSM 62.gif Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png

Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Service Medal ribbon.png DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (2008)
CSC Australia ribbon.png Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) (2005)
GSM 62.gif General Service Medal
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
Australian Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with four rosettes (35–39 years of service)
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal



  1. ^ a b "Operation CATALYST: Commodore Bruce Kafer, AM, CSC, RAN". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Commandant ADFA". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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