Biography - Deputy Head RYD
Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division / Deputy Commander ADF Cadets, Brigadier Nicole Longley.
Brigadier Nicole Longley was born in NSW. She graduated from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1993 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps.
During her career, Nicole has served in roles which have primarily focussed on Logistics, Training and Leadership. Having commanded at all levels, her role as Commander of Defence’s seven Joint Logistic Units was considered a particular privilege. She particularly enjoyed the benefits and challenges of leading a joint and fully integrated workforce.
Although only for a short period she enjoyed the more strategic nature of the role of Deputy Chief of Joint Logistics and the accompanying roles of Director General of Strategic Logistics and Logistic Systems Branches. The need to think broadly and futuristically was both daunting and exciting.
In addition to her primary duties, Nicole also has the honour of being the current Head of Corps for the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and enjoys being a member on the not for profit Board for Relationships Australia, Canberra and Region.
Brigadier Longley’s operational deployments have been to the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers as the Staff Officer Personnel and Postal, and to Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 - Afghanistan.
Nicole has received the Force Commander’s Commendation for her service in the Sinai, a Silver Commendation for her role as Officer Commanding Supply Company 1st Combat Service Support Battalion, and a Gold Commendation for her work as the Military Assistant to the Chief of Joint Operations. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Strategy and Management, Nicole is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she is currently undertaking a Senior Executive Masters of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School/Melbourne University.
Nicole is married to Gerard who flies the Emergency Medical Helicopter in Canberra. They have four children Liam (22), Kai (21), Jake (20) and Sian (15). This is an exciting time for Nicole and Gerard as they transition from being parents of children to parents of adults!