Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Pashley graduated from RMC in December 1998 and was posted to 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) as a Platoon Commander. In 2001, LTCOL Pashley was selected for service in the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) where he served for six years, fulfilling the roles of Troop Commander, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer in a Sabre Squadron.
In 2007, LTCOL Pashley was posted to Special Operations Headquarters where he was responsible for coordinating Special Operations Command’s International Engagement activities. In 2009, LTCOL Pashley was posted as the Officer Commanding Alpha Company, 3 RAR (Para). In 2011, LTCOL Pashley attended the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) where he graduated with a Masters in Strategy and Policy from the University of New South Wales.
Following ACSC, LTCOL Pashley was posted to Army Headquarters as the SO2 Combat Development, where he was responsible for the modernization of dismounted close combat equipment. In this role, LTCOL Pashley was awarded a Chief of Army’s Commendation for his efforts in providing operationally relevant combat equipment to soldiers in Afghanistan. In July 2012, LTCOL Pashley was promoted and selected to serve in COMISAF’s Commander’s Action Group in Headquarters ISAF in Kabul. Upon his return from Afghanistan, LTCOL Pashley was posted to the USA as the LNO to MARFORPAC, serving in this role for three years. LTCOL Pashley will take command of 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (2 RAR) in December 2016.
Operationally, LTCOL Pashley has deployed to East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq on multiple occasions and in various roles. In terms of regional engagement activities, LTCOL Pashley has participated in joint exercises or conducted training activities in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.
LTCOL Pashley is married to Heike and they have four children, Emily (13), Fletcher (10), Oliver (9), Annalise (6). His hobby is aiming to be the best father he can be.
Regimental Sergeant Major
Warrant Officer Class One Trent Morris was born in Orange NSW, educated in Bowral NSWand enlisted in the Army in 1991. His service has been spent in Royal Australian Infantry Corps.
On completion of his Initial Employment Training, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. During the next nine years he served as a Rifleman, Section Second-in-Command, Section Commander and completed several special courses. In 1999, Warrant Officer Morris deployed to East Timor as part of the Battalion commitment to INTERFET as a Section Commander in C Company.
In 2001, Warrant Officer Morris was posted to the Parachute Training School where he was served as an Instructor in Training Wing. During his posting to the Parachute Training School, he instructed students in both the free fall and static line parachute techniques. Warrant Officer Morris was promoted to Sergeant in January 2002. In 2004, Warrant Officer Morris was posted again to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in the dual capacity as the Regimental Police and Air Operations Sergeant. Warrant Officer Morris was a Platoon Sergeant in A Company in 2005, and he deployed to Iraq with SECDET IX in 2006 as a Platoon Sergeant in C Company.
In January 2007, Warrant Officer Morris was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two and posted to the 51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment. He served for two years in the capacity of Company Sergeant Major A Company. He enjoyed the diversity and the autonomy that the posting provided, and it made for a rewarding two years.
In 2009, Warrant Officer Morris was posted back to the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. He completed Company Sergeant Major appointments with Administration, B, and Support Companies. In 2011, Warrant Officer Morris deployed to Afghanistan on Operation SLIPPER with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment as part of Mentoring Task Force 3.
In 2012 Warrant Officer Morris was posted as a Small Group Instructor within First Class at the Royal Military College Duntroon.
In 2013, Warrant Officer Morris was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One, and took up his appointment as the Regimental Sergeant Major at the 2nd 17th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment. Warrant Officer Morris was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 1 July 2015.
Warrant Officer Morris’s honours and awards include the Return from Active Service Badge, the Infantry Combat Badge, the Australian Active Service Medal (East Timor, Iraq, ICAT Clasp), Australian Defence Long Service Medal and Clasp, and the Australian Defence Medal. Warrant Officer Morris was also awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Non- Article 5 Medal (ISAF Clasp) and a Commander Joint Task Force 633 Bronze Commendation for his service with Mentoring Task Force 3.
Warrant Officer Morris and his wife, Elizabeth, currently reside in Castle Hill. Warrant Officer Morris and his wife have three children, Lilly fourteen, Olivia nine and Samuel six. Warrant Officer Morris’s interests include hunting, fishing, camping and more importantly spending time with his family in the great outdoors.