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FINDLAY, Brigadier Adam George AM

FINDLAY, Brigadier Adam George AM

Col Adam Finlay, 2006.

Col. Adam Findlay, 2006.


Lt Col Findlay was formally awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2006 on 12 June. The Governor General presented the medal on 15 September 2006. It was awarded specifically for command of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Parachute). He was a student at the College from 1978 to 1983.

Adam Findlay receiving Royal Military College Award, 1983.

Adam Findlay receiving Royal Military College Award, 1983.

The citation read: 'For outstanding achievement in the performance of duty as the Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Parachute). Lieutenant Colonel Findlay developed a high readiness war fighting capability for short notice military deployments in support of the Australian Government. Under his guidance and direction, his 700-man battalion recorded excellence in personnel, administrative and equipment readiness. This was operationally tested with successful rapid deployments of Australian troops to restore law and order in the Solomon Islands and East Timor. Concurrently, his soldiers continued to perform with distinction within Iraq.

Lieutenant Colonel Findlay demonstrated a personal determination, tactical excellence, compassion and wisdom that marked him with the highest order of leadership for his men. His leadership of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Parachute) has raised his organisation into a well disciplined and highly regarded battalion that has set the standard and direction for other Australian Army units to follow. His commitment, leadership and achievement in command have been outstanding. His recreations are headed by rugby, and he represented the Australian Army in 1990.'


Promoted to Brigadier he was, by 2011, Director of the Military Strategic Committments Branch, Canberra.

An active all-round sportsman he was a member of the Swimming Team from 1979 to 1982, Athletics Team from 1980 to 1982, rowed in the 1st VIII in 1983 and at various times at School played baseball, hockey and tennis. He won the Nigel Boyes Trophy for three years in a row from 1981 to 1983. He was also a Wettenhall House Prefect.


Sources: Ad Astra Dec 2006; 'Geelong Collegians at the Second World War and Subsequent Conflicts' compiled by James Affleck p566.
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