Major General Adam Findlay, AM, graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon in 1987. He has served regimentally in 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment and the Special Air Service Regiment. He commanded 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), (2003–05) and in 7th Combat Brigade (2014–16).
He has deployed on operations to East Timor in 2001–02, twice to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2012–13, and twice to Iraq 1998 and 2016–17. On 29 June 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Major General and assumed the appointment of Special Operations Commander – Australia. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD in Military History from the University of New South Wales and is a fellow of the Harvard Business School.
Major General Findlay was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his command of 3RAR and awarded a US Legion of Merit for his command of the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Iraq in 2017.