Below are the latest biographies of RACT HOC members:
RACT - HOC
Brigadier Cameron Leigh Purdey CSC - Head of Corps, Royal Australian Corps of TransportMore →
Brigadier Cameron Purdey was born in Geelong on 10th September 1968. He enlisted in the Australian Army in 1988, graduated from the Royal Military College in 1989 and was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Corps related postings include Troop Command Transport Platoon, Bandiana Logistics Group; Second in Command 86th Transport Troop, 26th Transport Squadron; Troop Command Transport Platoon, Northwest Mobile Force; Staff Officer Grade Three Operations, Army School of Transport; Officer Commanding 30/35 Water Transport and Terminal Squadron, 10th Force Support Battalion and Career Advisor - Royal Australian Corps of Transport/Australian Army Catering Corps.
He has served in a wide variety of other staff appointments including Regional Fleet Manager Puckapunyal Logistics Battalion; Staff Officer Grade Three Operations, 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion; Staff Officer Grade One Doctrine and Staff Officer Grade One Combat Service Support, Land Warfare Development Centre and Staff Officer Grade One Logistic Plans (Domestic/Exercises) at Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
During his tenure as the Officer Commanding 30/35 Water Transport and Terminal Squadron, he deployed his Squadron on operational service as part of the 10th Force Support Battalion commitment to INTERFET, with responsibility for port operations at Dili and distribution to INTERFET elements across the theatre. 10th Force Support Battalion was subsequently awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation for its efforts in East Timor.
Brigadier Purdey was posted as the Commanding Officer 10th Force Support Battalion in January 2007. He was fortunate to deploy to the Middle East as the Commanding Officer of the third rotation of the Force Level Logistic Asset from Aug 2007 - Feb 2008, the joint 150 person contingent providing logistic support to all deployed Australian force elements in the Middle East Area of Operations. For his services as Commanding Officer he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2010 Australia Day Honours List.
On promotion to Colonel he served an appointment as the Colonel Logistics (G4) at Headquarters Forces Command, as well as a short period as the Director Senior Officer Management. In March 2014 he was promoted and posted as the Director General Land Manoeuvre Systems, Defence Materiel Organisation and commenced his current role within Army Headquarters as the Director General Logistics in January 2016.
Brigadier Purdey is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College (2001) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2013). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (History and Strategic Studies), a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) and a Masters in Management and Defence Studies. Married to Virginia and with two teenage children, his interests include supporting Geelong Football Club and playing the guitar.
On 27th January 2016 Brigadier Purdey was appointed as the Head of Corps of the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Rogers - Deputy Head of Corps, Royal Australian Corps of TransportMore →
Lieutenant Colonel Rogers enlisted into the Army in October 1992 and was posted to 176 Air Dispatch Squadron. After completing his year 12 course in 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Rogers graduated from the Royal Military College in June 1998 into the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
Lieutenant Colonel Rogers has held a number of regimental appointments, including Troop Commander at Road Transport Wing, and 26 Transport Squadron. Lieutenant Colonel Rogers has held two regimental appointments at field grade, as the Officer Commanding 30 Terminal Squadron, 10 Force Support Battalion, and Officer Commanding Force Support Team – Tarin Kot, Force Support Unit 4.
Staff appointments have included: Staff Officer Grade Three Transport, Land Warfare Development Centre; Watchkeeper, Land Headquarters; Staff Officer Grade Three Capability Development, Headquarters Training Command; and Staff Officer Grade Three Logistic Operations Planning, 3rd Brigade Headquarters. In 2013 Lieutenant Colonel Rogers was selected as the Staff Officer to Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas. His final staff officer appointment for 2014-15 was as a Staff Officer Grade One on Army Headquarters; responsible for the LAND 121 Capability Implementation Team.
Lieutenant Colonel Rogers has had one overseas posting, which was on exchange to the US Army Transportation School, in Fort Eustis, Virginia, 2007-2009.
Lieutenant Colonel Rogers has seen operational service on four separate occasions. Troop Commander 86 Transport Troop; in Dili, East Timor, 1999. Troop Commander Headquarters Troop, Force Logistic Squadron Three; in Dili, East Timor, 2001. In 2006 Lieutenant Colonel Rogers was deployed from Headquarters 3rd Brigade as part of the Defence Supplementary Staff, again into Dili, East Timor. After several weeks in the JTF HQ he was selected as the JTF liaison officer to the Australian Federal Police and spent the next four months living and working with the police contingent in Dili. In 2010 Lieutenant Colonel Rogers was deployed as the Officer Commanding Force Support Team – Tarin Kot.
During his deployment as Officer Commanding Force Support Team, Lieutenant Colonel Rogers was given NATO Tactical Command of a 53 person US Army distribution element. This coupled with the 49 Australian Soldiers under command provided a unique and challenging command experience, both inside and outside the wire that has comprehensively exposed him to coalition logistics and operations. Lieutenant Colonel Rogers was awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service as Officer Commanding Force Support Team – Tarin Kot.
Lieutenant Colonel Rogers is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College 2012, and has a Masters of Military Studies, from the Australian National University. Lieutenant Colonel Rogers and his wife Melanie have been married for 23 years and they have two daughters; Brinsley aged 19 and Madelyn, aged 12.
Warrant Officer Class One Robert Jericevich - Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, Royal Australian Corps of TransportMore →
Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Robert Michael Jericevich was born in Hastings, New Zealand, on 04 January 1970 and was educated in Sydney, NSW. He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 15 June 1988. From the 1st Recruit Training Battalion he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport.
After completing his initial employment training at the School of Transport, Puckapunyal, WO1 Jericevich was posted to numerous units both Corps and non Corps. These postings ranged from the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, 1st Air Transport Service Regiment, located at Richmond in Sydney, which at the time was Headquarters for Air Transport, as a driver, during this posting he completed his basic parachute course.
As a JNCO, WO1 Jericevich was posted to 5th Transport Squadron, Brisbane, and the Royal Military College Duntroon. This was followed by a posting to 21st Construction Squadron in the capacity as the Transport Manager. He was posted to the 9th Transport Squadron, Townsville, as a section commander and deployed with the 3rd Brigade Administrative Support Battalion to East Timor, a thoroughly rewarding posting. During this posting, he assisted in the Sydney Olympics, in 2000, working as the Transport Operations corporal.
As a SNCO, WO1 Jericevich has had postings to 176th Air Dispatch Squadron, Richmond as the Transport Supervisor. During this time, he took part in the static line parachute trial of the new in service Hercules C130J model. In 2002, he deployed with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, to East Timor as the Transport Sergeant for the Battle Group. WO1 Jericevich was posted to the 3rd Combat Services Support Battalion, 9th Transport Squadron, as Troop Sergeant. There he deployed to the Solomon Islands in the capacity as Troop Sergeant of the Transport Troop. WO1 Jericevich was posted on promotion to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, as the Transport Operations and Control Warrant Officer (TOCWO).
WO1 Jericevich was posted to the Army Logistic Training Centre as an instructor to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport, special to Corps cell. Here, he instructed on the Subject Two for Warrant Officer Course along with the Logistic Officer Basic Course. WO1 Jericevich was posted to the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, as the TOCWO. During this posting he deployed to Afghanistan, in 2010, on Operation SLIPPER, with Mentoring Task Force One, as the Company Sergeant Major for the Logistic Support Company. WO1 Jericevich was posted as the Squadron Sergeant Major, 1st Signal Regiment Logistic Support Squadron.
WO1 Jericevich attended the Regimental Sergeant Major course December 2011 and was appointment as the Regimental Sergeant Major of 4th Combat Service Support Battalion 2013. WO1 Jericevich assumed his current appointment as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army School of Transport 2015.
He has been awarded the Commander 1st Division Commendation.
WO1 Jericevich is married to Laura and has three children, Luke 19, Laura 17 and Charlie 3 months. He enjoys mountain biking, surfing, snow skiing, gym, soccer and spending time with his family.