Reg Carruthers commenced with Defence SA as Director, Aerospace in October 2016. The focus of his role is to grow the aerospace industry in the state including supporting the growth of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) hub, support to the P8 Poseidon, Triton and EW aircraft and growing the Air Weapons Range capabilities.
Reg joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1981, graduating from the RAAF Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science. After graduating as a Navigator, he flew the P3C Orion completing numerous operations and exercises nationally and internationally. He completed a three year exchange program flying the CP140 Aurora in Canada, and completed numerous commands including 28 active reserve squadron, the 92 Wing detachment in Butterworth Malaysia, 10 Squadron RAAF Edinburgh and the AP3C Operational Task Group on active duty in the Middle East Area of Operations.
Reg’s last military command was as Commander of the Aerospace Operational Support Group (now Air Warfare Centre) responsible for electronic warfare, cyber, intelligence, aviation medicine, aviation publications and flight test, weapons and engineering squadrons, as well as the Woomera Test Range.
Reg has completed staff positions in policy and plans and as staff officer to the Chief of Air Force, as well as an instructor on the Australian Command and Staff College. He is a graduate of the Australian Staff Course and a Distinguished Graduate from the US National War College conducted in Washington DC; and has Masters Degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies and International Relations.
After 31 years in uniform, Reg transferred to the Public Service as Director of the Woomera Test Range in 2012. He was appointed as Program Director for Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) and Ranges Air Force in January 2016.
Reg remains an active member of the Air Force Reserves and as a Group Captain is Honorary ADC to the Governor General.