Warrant Officer Mark Pentreath, CSM
Warrant Officer Mark Pentreath joined the Australian Regular Army in April 1981 and graduated from Training Squadron, 7th Signal Regiment (EW) in June 1982 as an Operator Signalman. After postings to 7th Signal Regiment (EW), Joint Telecommunications Unit Melbourne and the Joint Telecommunications School as an Initial Employment Training (IET) instructor, Warrant Officer Pentreath transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force as a Signals Operator (Linguist) (SIGSOP(L)) in March 1992.
As a SIGSOP(L), Warrant Officer Pentreath saw postings to the Defence Signals Directorate, Joint Telecommunications School, No. 462 Squadron and Deputy Director - Intelligence Support Air Force Headerquarters as the SIGSOP Senior Mustering Advisor.
Between 1999 – 2002, Warrant Officer Pentreath was posted to the Australian Defence Force Academy as a Divisional Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) and Squadron Sergeant Major Air Force Squadron. It was during this tour that Warrant Officer Pentreath was awarded an Australia Day Medallion in recognition of his contribution to the development of Officer Cadets at the Academy.
Warrant Officer Pentreath has seen operational service in both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2007 respectively. In recognition of his performance in the Cryptologic Services Group Baghdad, Warrant Officer Pentreath was awarded a Chief of Defence Force commendation by General Cosgrove in September 2004.
Warrant Officer Pentreath remustered to the Executive Warrant Officer mustering in April 2008 as the Group Warrant Officer for the Aerospace Operational Support Group (AOSG). He graduated from the Australian Command and Staff College in 2010 - having attended the Foundation Studies and Air Force Single Service components, and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious service to AOSG on Australia Day 2011. Warrant Officer Pentreath was posted to the Air Force Training Group in 2011 before being appointed as the seventh Warrant Officer of the Air Force on 14 November 2011.
Warrant Officer Pentreath's interests include running, cooking and trying to keep up with his daughter, Paris, born in 2000.
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