Major General A.J Rawlins AM, DSC
Head Force Design, Australian Army
MAJGEN Anthony (Tony) Rawlins was born in Narrabri, NSW on 24 Mar 1968. Following ADFA he entered the Royal Military College Duntroon in Jan 1989, graduating into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. MAJGEN Rawlins is currently serving as Head Force Design.
His career has been dominated by command and planning appointments in Army and joint billets, and operational service. The bulk of his experience in corps roles has been command appointments at Troop, Squadron and Regimental level in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. During this cycle of regimental command appointments he also served with the Queens Royal Hussars in Germany on Exercise Long Look (1994). His most recent command appointment was as Commander 7th Combat Brigade (2016-2018).
MAJGEN Rawlins attended Australian Command and Staff College in 2002, and was subsequently posted to the Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army (DOCM-A) as Career Adviser Armoured and Intelligence. On promotion to LTCOL he served as the Senior Career Adviser before assuming command of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in 2006. He attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2013.
MAJGEN Rawlins has also fulfilled a number of staff, training and representational appointments including Divisional Officer at ADFA (1996-1998), Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General (1997-1998), Instructor at Australian (2008) and Canadian Command and Staff Colleges (2009-2010), and Colonel – Plans at Headquarters 1st Division/DJFHQ (2010-2012) and Director General – Military Strategic Commitments (2014 – 2016). His most recent command was as Commander of the 7th Combat Brigade (2016-2018). He served as Deputy Chief of Army from 2019-2021.
Operationally he has served as a military observer on UNTSO (1999) and deployed as the Commanding Officer of Overwatch Battle Group West – 2 (OBG(W)-2) in Iraq from Nov 2006 – Jun 2007. He most recently deployed as the Chief of Joint Operations (CJ3) on Headquarters International Security Assistance Force (HQ ISAF) from Jan – Oct 2014.
MAJGEN Rawlins was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for command of OBG(W)-2 on operations. In 2013 he was awarded a Chief of Army Commendation for his joint amphibious capability development work as Colonel – Plans at HQ 1 Div/DJFHQ (2010-2012), and SEC/CDF Commendation for his work in transferring the Bushmaster into service with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (2018). He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
MAJGEN Rawlins has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and three Masters Degrees in Management, Arts and Defence Studies. In 2011 he was admitted as a Barrister/Solicitor to the ACT Supreme Court.
He and his wife Sarah have a young son (Zachary – 11 years old) and his leisure interests include all motorcycling genres, mountain biking, kayaking, and playing music.