Assistant Chief Army (Reserves)
Colonel G.B.H. Fahey
Colonel Bede Fahey was born in Napier and was educated at St Johns College Hastings and Pompallier College Whangarei.
He was commissioned into the Territorial Force as a Second Lieutenant in November 1981 serving in various junior command appointments within the 7th Battalion (Wellington and Hawkes Bay). He transferred to the Regular Force in May 1987, as a Lieutenant with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
He subsequently served in a variety of command and staff appointments, completing overseas postings to Australia and Malaysia and three operational deployments
In January 2003, he transferred back to the Territorial Force and was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 7th Wellington Hawkes Bay Battalion Group.
In Aug 2009, he was promoted to Colonel and posted to Army General Staff as the Assistant Chief of General Staff Human Resources (TF). In June 2010 he was posted to the appointment of Deputy Commander 2nd Land Force Group.
In 2011 he was posted to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command (NZ) as Commander TRADOC (NZ) Reserves and in December 2013 was posted to Headquarters Joint Force (NZ) as the Reserve Advisor to the Land Component Commander.
In September 2015 He transferred back to the Regular Force on a short term engagement to deploy to the Multinational Force and Observers based in the Sinai, Egypt as the Chief of Plans and New Zealand Senior National Officer.
He has completed six operational deployments serving twice in the Middle East; and Afghanistan, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.
In December 2016, Colonel Fahey transferred back to the Army Reserve and was appointed Director Army Reserve.
In his civilian employment, Colonel Fahey works for NZ Police in a civilian capacity. He is a graduate of Massey University and holds a Master of Philosophy degree majoring in strategic studies.
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This page was last amended on 15 March 2018