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MAJGEN Cheryl Pearce

Major General Cheryl Pearce, AM, CSC

Deputy Chief of Army

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Major General Cheryl Pearce was appointed Deputy Chief of Army on 5th June 2023.

Major General Cheryl Pearce graduated from the Officer Cadet School Portsea in December 1985 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Major General Pearce has extensive experience both in and out of Defence. She has been employed in a range of regimental command positions within the domestic and operational environments, as well as various staff appointments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of Defence.

Major General Pearce commanded the Defence Police Training Centre and 1st Military Police Battalion over the period 2003 to 2006 and in recognition of her exceptional service during her four-year command tenure, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. Following numerous staff positions across Headquarters 1st Division, Army Headquarters, Australian Defence College, Joint Capabilities and Special Operations, in 2017, she was appointed as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Major General Pearce’s operational experience includes deploying as part of the United Nations in East Timor in 2002 where she was awarded a Chief of Defence Force Commendation for Bravery, and in 2016 as the Commander Task Group Afghanistan where she received a Commendation for Distinguished Service. More recently, from 2019 – 2021, Major General Pearce was assigned as the Force Commander, United Nations Forces in Cyprus. Here, she received a Conspicuous Service Cross for her outstanding achievements.

Upon returning from Cyprus, Major General Pearce served as the Deputy Commissioner Australian Border Force with the Department of Home Affairs from 2022 – 2023.

Major General Pearce attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2001 and Higher Defence College in 2013. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, Masters of Intelligence, Policing and Counter Terrorism from Macquarie University and a Masters of Arts (Defence Studies) from Deakin University.

Major General Pearce has a partner, Paul, two daughters, and remains an enthusiastic (albeit slow) participant in long distance running and triathlons.