Head of Corps

    BRIG Susan Coyle, CSC, DSM

BRIG Susan Coyle was born in Kyogle, NSW on 21 May 1970. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy, she graduated from the Royal Military College in 1992 into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. She assumed her current appointment as Commander of the 6th Combat Support Brigade in June 2017. BRIG Coyle has worked at the tactical, operational and strategic level in a variety of command and staff appointments. BRIG Coyle has commanded at every rank, including Commanding Officer of the 17th Signal Regiment (2009-10) and as the inaugural Commander Task Group Afghanistan (2015). BRIG Coyle has seen operational service as the J6 on Operation Citadel (East Timor) in 2002 and Officer Commanding 104th Signal Squadron on Operation Anode (Solomon Islands) in 2004. She has also spent 12 months in the Middle East, which included Deputy Commander - Afghanistan within Joint Task Force 633, which transitioned into Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 636 before raising Task Group Afghanistan from July 2014 - July 2015. Her staff appointments have included Chief of Staff / Director Workforce and Behaviours within the First Principles Review Implementation Office, Director Soldier Career Management - Army, Directing Staff (including three months as Director of Studies - Land) at the Australian Command and Staff College, Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Army and Aide-de-camp to Commander Australian Theatre. BRIG Coyle holds post-graduate qualifications in a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, and a Master in Organisational Development and Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of New England. She graduated from the Australian Command and Staff College in 2005, and the United States Army War College as a Distinguished Graduate in 2017. BRIG Coyle has received a Distinguished Service Medal as the Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 636 and Commander Task Group Afghanistan, and a Conspicuous Service Cross as the Commanding Officer of the 17th Signal Regiment. She has also received a Chief of Joint Operations Command Commendation as Officer Commanding 104th Signal Squadron on Operation Anode, and a Commander Australian Theatre Commendation as Staff Officer to the Commander Australian Theatre Joint Intelligence Centre. Whilst working in the United States Army as a Captain she received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal as the 11th Signal Brigade Satellite Engineer. She is married to Mark, an Engineer in the Army, and together they have three wonderful and mostly charming children Jessica, 20, Susie, 20 and Jack, 16. Her hobbies include attending the theatre, reading and travelling.

Deputy Head of Corps

    LTCOL Adam Strickland

LTCOL Strickland joined the Australian Army in 1998 and graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1999. LTCOL Strickland has four years of troop command experience, and held a range Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance postings as a Captain and Major. His postings have included the 136th Signal Squadron, the 1st Joint Support Unit, Headquarters 1st Division, Capability Development Group, the Australian Signals Directorate and the Defence Force School of Signals where he Commanded Support Wing. LTCOL Strickland is also a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. More recently, LTCOL Strickland as served as the Staff Officer to the Vice Chief of Defence Force and as an Assistant Director in ASD. At ASD, LTCOL Strickland was responsible for the strategic planning, capability development and leading current operations for ASD's Cyberspace Operations capability. LTCOL Strickland's operational experience includes Operation ANODE in the Solomon Islands in 2003, the Al'Muthanna Task Group in Iraq 2005, and the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2009. LTCOL Strickland assumed Command of the Defence Schools of Signals in January 2017. LTCOL Strickland has graduated with Distinction as a Master of Science in Information Systems from ADFA, and with Distinction as a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the ANU. He is married to Lisa and has two daughters. His major interests include reading widely, new information systems technology, and cycling.


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.