Ashley Collingburn, DSM
Army Officer in Canberra, Australia
Colonel Ash Collingburn graduated from Duntroon to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in December 1996.
His Regimental service include command appointments as a Troop Leader and Squadron Commander at the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, and as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd / 14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry).
Colonel Collingburn’s operational experience includes three United Nations missions - once to East Timor (UNTAET) and twice as a United Nations Military Observor, first in Lebanon (UNTSO) and then Sudan (UNMIS). Colonel Collingburn served in Iraq as both a combat team commander with Overwatch Battle Group (West) – 3 in 2007 and in 2015 he commanded the first Australian and New Zealand training team at Taji. Additionally, he served as a strategic advisor to Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF) in Afghanistan throughout 2013.
Colonel Collingburn is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps University where he attended Command and Staff College and the School of Advanced Warfighting, for which he received the Cates Award as the Distinguished Graduate. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in 2016.
Colonel Collingburn holds an accounting degree from Monash University, as well as a Masters of Military Studies and a Masters of Operational Studies from the United States Marine Corps University.
Colonel Collingburn was awarded a United States Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his service in Afghanistan. In the 2017 Australia Day honours he was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished leadership in warlike operations in Iraq.
Colonel Collingburn is a PhD candidate at Deakin University, researching the role of armour in future war.