Ronald Alwyn GREY AO DSO
Late of ? , Canberra, ACT, Australia
Australian Federal Police Force
Regd. # ?????
Rank: Commissioner – appointed ? February 1983
Final Rank = Commissioner
Service: From ? February 1983 to ? ? 1988 = 5 years Service
Service name: Ronald Alwyn GREY
Service number: 57011
Rank: Major General
Unit Name: 7th Battalion. Royal Australian Regiment ( RAR )
Australian Staff Corps.
Date of birth: 2 July 1930
Place of birth: Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia
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NS Training: ?
Conflicts: Indonesian Confrontation. 1962 – 1966
Vietnam. 1962 – 1975
Follow Up Training: ?
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Next of Kin: ?
Honours & Awards: Unit: Australian Staff Corps
Conflict: Indonesian Confrontation, 1962 – 1966
London Gazette: 13 December 1966 – p 13461
Unit: 7th Battalion. Royal Australian Regiment
Conflict: Vietnam. 1962 – 1975
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
London Gazette: 21 December 1971, p 13968
Award: Mention in Despatches.
London Gazette: 13 December 1966 p 13461
Conflict / Operation: Indonesian Confrontation 1962 – 1966
Medals: None for display
Retirement / Leaving age: = ?
Time in Retirement from Police: ?
Awards: Companion of the Distinguished Service Order ( Imperial ) – granted 21 December 1971 ( Lt Col )( 7 Royal Australian Regiment – Commanding in Vietnam )
National Medal – granted 14 July 1977 ( Brigadier )
1st Clasp to National Medal – granted 14 July 1977 ( Brigadier )
Officer of the Order of Australia ( AO ) – granted 26 January 1983 ( Major General )( for service to the Australian Army, particularly as Chief of Operations Army and as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command )
National Medal – granted 8 March 1984 ( Commissioner )
2nd Clasp to the National Medal – granted 8 March 1984 ( Commissioner )
1st Clasp to the National Medal – granted 14 December 1988 ( Commissioner )
2nd Clasp to the National Medal – granted 14 December 1988 ( Commissioner )
Born: Wednesday 2 July 1930
Died on: Thursday 20 January 2022
Age: 91 years, 6 months, 18 days
Event location: ? , Canberra, A.C.T., Australia
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Friday, 21 January 2022, Publish time: 4:22pm
The Australian Federal Police was today informed of the death of former Commissioner Major General Ronald Alwyn Grey AO DSO (Retd). Major General Grey was appointed as the second Commissioner of the AFP in February 1983 after a distinguished 35-year career in the Australian Defence Force.
Major General Grey played a significant role in expanding the AFP’s International Liaison Network from four to 12 countries during his tenure. The network now has AFP representatives in 33 countries and continues to play an important part in the AFP’s mission to combat serious organised crime.
Major General Grey endorsed a drive to modernise police methodology, with his term as Commissioner including the introduction of significant legislative reforms in the areas of telephone interceptions, proceeds of crime and cash transaction reports. The AFP undertook Operation Lavender during his tenure, a drug seizure that culminated in the arrest of 20 offenders in August 1985 and the dismantling of a major criminal enterprise involved in drug trafficking.
Major General Grey also led significant reforms in ACT Policing which resulted in reductions in property-related crime and the expansion of the Neighbourhood Watch program.
AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said Major General Grey was critical in leading the early development of the AFP into the world-leading law enforcement agency it is today. He served five years as Commissioner during the organisation’s formative years.
“It was during his tenure that the AFP significantly expanded the number of officers in offshore liaison roles to better combat the criminal threats targeting our country, and his emphasis on the value of criminal intelligence to target organised crime is a legacy that continues to this day.
“The AFP and Australia owes Major General Grey a great deal of thanks for ensuring the safety of the community we live and work in.
“I extend our condolences to Major General Grey’s family at this sad time, but also our appreciation for everything he did for this country throughout his accomplished career.”
Ronald Alwyn Grey
|Born||2 July 1930
Subiaco, Western Australia
|Died||20 January 2022 (aged 91)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
|Years of service||1949–1983|
|Commands held||Field Forces Command (1980–83)
7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1968–71)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Cross of Gallantry (Vietnam)
|Relations||Jeffrey Grey (son)|
|Other work||Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (1983–88)|
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1971 for his role as the Commanding Officer of 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam, and was also awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
He served as Chief of Operations – Army, and as General Officer Commanding Field Force Command in the early 1980s. For his service in these positions, Grey was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Commissioner, Australian Federal Police
Later career and death
In 1988, Grey was commissioned to undertake a review of the rescue services in New South Wales. The recommendations of his review were implemented by the New South Wales government in 1989.
Grey died on 20 January 2022, at the age of 91.
57011 Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Alwyn GREY
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Grey graduated from the Royal Military College on 12 December 1951 and was allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry. After a number of staff and regimental appointments both in Australia and overseas, he was appointed on 25 November 1968 as Commanding Officer, 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and arrived in Vietnam on 23 February 1970.
Lieutenant Colonel Grey has commanded his Battalion with distinction during its tour of duty in Vietnam. His tactical application together with his personal knowledge of the capacity of his officers, junior leaders and his soldiers, have enabled him to gain the maximum result from his force at all times.
From 3 August 1970 until 10 September 1970, Lieutenant Colonel Grey’s Battalion was engaged in Operation Cung Chung II in Southern Phuoc Tuy Province. Lieutenant Colonel Grey’s skilful and tenacious handling of the force in all areas allotted to him caused the enemy to lose control of the population centres in the 7th Battalion area.
Following a sub?unit contact on 30 December 1970, Lieutenant Colonel Grey rapidly redeployed elements of his force to cover probable enemy withdrawal routes. This timely action together with his knowledge of the enemy, the terrain and his force’s capabilities subsequently caused a major defeat to be inflicted on an enemy unit from which it is unlikely to recover for some time.
His tireless energy, devotion to duty, personal courage and tactical skill have shown him to be an outstanding Commander and his leadership of the Battalion has been in the highest tradition of his Regiment and the Australian Army.
Nothing further, than what is recorded above, is known about this person at the time of publication and further information and photos would be appreciated.