Head of Corps

    BRIG Marcus Allan Thompson, AM

Brigadier Marcus Thompson was born and raised in country Victoria. On graduation from the Royal Military College in 1988 he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. As a junior officer, he served in a variety of command, regimental and Special Operations appointments. As a Major, Brigadier Thompson was posted to the Directorate of Minor Capital Projects within Support Command (Army) as the Project Manager - Communications. Following attendance at Army Command and Staff College in 2000, he commanded the independent 103rd Signal Squadron. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, Brigadier Thompson was posted to Army Headquarters to raise the Directorate of Network Centric Warfare - Army. During this time he deployed to Iraq as the as the J6 of JTF 633. Brigadier Thompson commanded the 3rd Combat Signal Regiment during 2005-06. His tenure included the deployment of the Regiment (minus) to Timor Leste, for which he was awarded a Commander Joint Operations Commendation. Following unit command, he was posted to the Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army, where he served as the Career Advisor Lieutenant Colonels, and Staff Officer Grade One Postings. On promotion to Colonel in January 2009, Brigadier Thompson was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) as the Senior Advisor Defence Policy and Operations. He remained at PM&C during 2010 as the Deputy National Security Chief Information Officer, before returning to Army Headquarters in July 2010 to advance Army's counter improvised explosive device capability. Brigadier Thompson attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in 2011. Upon promotion to Brigadier in December 2011 he was posted to Headquarters Special Operations as the Director General Special Operations Capability. He was subsequently deployed as the Director CJ35 Future Operations at ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan. Following a period of long term schooling, during which he completed a PhD in cyber security, Brigadier Thompson assumed his current appointment as Commander 6th Combat Support Brigade. He has since been appointed as the Chief of Army's Special Advisor on cyber security and cyber warfare. Brigadier Thompson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, and a PhD in cyber security from the University of New South Wales.

Deputy Head of Corps

    LT COL Deane Limmer

Lieutenant Colonel Deane Limmer began his professional career with Victoria Police, where he gained experience in policing both city and country environments. In January 1997 he entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon, graduating into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in June 1998. Lieutenant Colonel Limmer has five years of troop command and four years sub-unit command experience in signals units in strategic, land, special operations and training environments. These units include 138th Signal Squadron, 1st Joint Support Unit, 126th Signal Squadron, and the Defence Force School of Signals. More recently, Lieutenant Colonel Limmer has served in Military Strategic Commitments as the Deputy Director of Regional Commitments and as the Chief of Staff. In 2014 he was selected to perform the role of Incident Manager for Army, within the Office of the Chief of Army. Lieutenant Colonel Limmer has served operationally with the 1st Joint Support Unit in Timor Leste in 1999 and in Afghanistan in 2011 where he was the Senior Signals Officer for the Special Operations Task Group. Lieutenant Colonel Limmer holds as Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Science in Information Technology from the University of New South Wales. He is a graduate of the Singapore Command and Staff College and is currently studying a Masters of Arts in Strategy and Management. Lieutenant Colonel Limmer was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Commendation for excellence in communications management and leadership while Officer Commanding the 138th Signal Squadron and a Silver Commendation for his performance as the Chief of Staff of Military Strategic Commitments. Lieutenant Colonel Limmer is married to Kylah and they have two children. He enjoys camping, rugby and cricket.

Corps RSM

    WO1 Richard Cartwright

Warrant Officer Class One Rick Cartwright was born in Kilmore, Victoria. After completing his HSC at St Bernard's College, Essendon, he became an Electronic Technician at LM Ericson's, Broadmeadows. On the 27th January 1982, he enlisted in the Australian Regular Army, Corps enlisted as a Technician Electronic. In December 1982 he was posted to 139 Sig Sqn as an Operator Communications Systems. WO1 Cartwright has had a diverse posting history,

having served at all 3 manoeuvre Brigades, 17 Combat Services Support Brigade,the Divisional Signal Regiment, numerous training establishments as well as having served at both Commando Regiments. In August 2000 WO1 Cartwright resigned from the Regular Army and became a member of the Victoria Police. WO1 Cartwrights time in Policing was a challenging and rewarding time, and provided exposure to a diverse community. Whilst in the Victoria Police he served as a general duties police member, was employed on Special Duties for 12 months and undertook Detective Training. Towards the end of his time with Victoria Police WO1 Cartwright was seconded to a newly formed capability as an Acting Sergeant specifically designed to deal with Domestic Violence. During this time WO1 Cartwright maintained his link with the Army by serving at 2 Coy, 1 Cdo Regt as a reservist. He re-enlisted in the ARA in 2008, was reduced to Warrant Officer Class Two and was posted to 126 Sig Sqn, 4RAR. In January 2011 he was again promoted to Warrant Officer Class One and was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Combat Signal Regiment. During his time at the 1st Brigade, WO1 Cartwright deployed as the RSM of Force Communications Unit 8, a career highlight. On return he was appointed as the RSM of the Queensland University Regiment. WO1 Rick Cartwright has had a broad exposure to Army, and has had the opportunity to experience soldiering at all levels. He has a great respect for any person who chooses the Military, as a career. He hopes to soldier on as long as he can actively contribute to the Army, in what ever capacity the Army sees fit. WO1 Cartwright has had very diverse sporting interests, but his current passion is a custom Harley Davidson.