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Ronald Alwyn GREY


Ronald Alwyn GREY  AO DSO


Late of , Canberra, ACT, Australia


Australian Federal Police Force


Regd. #  ????? 


RankCommissioner – 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

Date of intake:

Date of exit:

Total Days:

NS Training: ?

Conflicts:                      Indonesian Confrontation. 1962 – 1966

                                      Vietnam. 1962 – 1975

National Service:

Follow Up Training: ?

Basic Training: ?

Next of Kin: ?

Honours & Awards:   Unit:  Australian Staff Corps

Conflict:  Indonesian Confrontation, 1962 – 1966

Rank:  Major

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



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Ronald Alwyn GREY, Ron GREY

RON is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED





May they forever Rest In Peace 

Australian Police YouTube Channel 


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.”

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Ronald Alwyn Grey
Born 2 July 1930
Subiaco, Western Australia
Died 20 January 2022 (aged 91)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1949–1983
Rank Major General
Commands held Field Forces Command (1980–83)
7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1968–71)
Battles/wars Korean War
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
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)

Major General Ronald Alwyn Grey, AO, DSO (2 July 1930 – 20 January 2022) was a senior Australian Army officer who served as Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (1983–88).

Military career

Grey served in the Australian Army from 1950 to 1983, attaining the rank of major general in 1978. During his career he served in Borneo, Korea, and Vietnam.[1]

Grey was Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished conduct in the Borneo Territories during the period 24 December 1965 to 23 June 1966.[2]

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1971 for his role as the Commanding Officer of 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam,[3] and was also awarded the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.[1]

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.[4]

Commissioner, Australian Federal Police

Grey was the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police from 1983 to 1988.[1][5]

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.[6]

Grey died on 20 January 2022, at the age of 91.[7]

Gen R.A.Grey, DSO, MID

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.

Gen R.A.Grey, DSO, MID



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.




24 January 2022



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