It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of the Patron of the AFP Former Members Association and former AFP Commissioner Major General Ronald Alwyn GREY AO DSO (Retd).

Major General GREY passed away on 20 January 2022 aged 91 years. Major General GREY was appointed Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police on 16 February 1983 and retired on 15 February 1988.

Major General GREY had a long and distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) spanning 35 years prior to his appointment as Commissioner. At the time of his retirement from the ADF in 1983, he was General Officer Commanding, Field Force Command.

Major General GREY made a number of significant contributions to the AFP in his time as Commissioner, including the establishment of National Headquarters on Northbourne Avenue, the reorganisation of command and organisational structures to improve accountability by senior command and which aligned AFP resources to enable greater inter-agency cooperation to meet the changing nature of crime.

Major General GREY was also the first Australian Police Commissioner to make an official visit to the People’s Republic of China where initial steps were taken to establish a program of cooperation aimed at curbing international crime.

For his service, Major General GREY was awarded:

  • Officer of the Order of Australia,
  • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order,
  • Mention in Despatches, Australian Active Service Medal 1945-1975,
  • Australian Service Medal with Clasp,
  • Australian General Service Medal with Clasp,
  • Vietnam Medal,
  • National Medal,
  • Defence Force Service Medal,
  • Australian Defence Medal,
  • Defence Service Medal,
  • Infantry Combat Badge,
  • United Nations Service Medal (Korea),
  • Vietnamese Campaign Medal,
  • Pingat Jasa Malaysia,
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

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