Ron Grey

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Ronald Alwyn Grey
Born (1930-07-02) 2 July 1930 (age 86)
Subiaco, Western Australia
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1949–83
Rank Major General
Commands held Field Forces Command
7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
Battles/wars Korean War
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Cross of Gallantry (Vietnam)
Relations Jeffrey Grey (son)
Other work Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (1983–88)

Major General Ronald Alwyn Grey, AO, DSO (born 2 July 1930) is a retired senior Australian Army officer and former Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (1983–88).

Military career[edit]

Grey served in the Australian Army from 1950 to 1983, attaining the rank of major general in 1978. During his career he served in Borneo, Korea, and Vietnam.[1]

Summary[2]
13 June 1952 – 23 July 1952
14 August 1952 – 12 June 1953
Korea Lieutenant, 3 RAR
1962 UK Staff College, Camberley
1966 Borneo Major, Army Royal Australian Infantry, Headquarters, COMLANDBOR
25 November 1968 Appointed Commanding Officer, 7 RAR
February 1970 – March 1971 Vietnam Lieutenant Colonel commanding 7 RAR in Phuc Tuy Province
1977 Awarded National Medal
1984 Awarded clasp to National Medal
1988 Awarded second clasp to National Medal

Grey was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished conduct in the Borneo Territories during the period 24 December 1965 to 23 June 1966.[3]

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1971 for his role as the Commanding Officer of 7 Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam,[4] and was also awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.[1]

He served as Chief of Operations – Army, and as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command in the early 1980s. For his service in these positions, Grey was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.[5]

Commissioner, Australian Federal Police[edit]

Grey was the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police from 1983 to 1988.[1][6]

Later work[edit]

"In 1988 he was commissioned to undertake a comprehensive review of the rescue services in New South Wales. The recommendations of the study were implemented by the N.S.W. Government in 1989."[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Dso-ribbon.png National Medal with Rosette x 2.png General Service Medal 1962 BAR MID.svg Vietnam gallantry cross-w-palm-3d.svg

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 26 January 1983, "For service to the Australian Army, particularly as Chief of Operations Army and as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command.".[7]
Dso-ribbon.png Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 21 December 1971, "For distinguished service:7 Royal Australian Regiment - Commanding in Vietnam".[8]
National Medal with Rosette x 2.png National Medal with 2 Clasps 14 July 1977,[9] 8 March 1984,[10] 14 December 1988[11] For 35–44 years of service.
General Service Medal 1962 BAR MID.svg Mentioned in dispatches December 1966, Military Service - Borneo
Vietnam gallantry cross-w-palm-3d.svg Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) with palm 21 December 1971, Military Service - Vietnam

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c AFP – The First Thirty Years, 30th Anniversary of the AFP 1979–2009, www.afp.gov.au, pg.8
  2. ^ a b Lot 463, 25 March 2013, Vietnam 1964–73 campaign medal (57011 R. A. Grey), www.dnw.co.uk – Auction result
  3. ^ Mention in Despatches, London Gazette, 13 December 1966.
  4. ^ DSO, 21 December 1971, Citation: 7 Royal Australian Regiment – Commanding in Vietnam, It's an Honour.
    D.S.O. London Gazette (Vietnam) 21 December 1971.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 16 December 1971.
  5. ^ AO, 26 January 1983, Citation: For service to the Australian Army, particularly as Chief of Operations Army and as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command, It's an Honour.
  6. ^ bio, Commissioner's message, Platypus Magazine, October 2004, pg.3
  7. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". Australian Honours Database. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Distinguished Service Order - It's an Honour
  9. ^ National Medal - It's an Honour
  10. ^ National Medal – 1st Clasp, It's an Honour
  11. ^ National Medal – 2nd Clasp, It's an Honour

External links[edit]

Police appointments
Preceded by
Colin Woods
Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police
1983–1988
Succeeded by
Peter McAulay