Brigadier Gary Bornholt served as an inaugural member of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal from July 2008 to July 2014.
Brigadier Bornholt is an experienced infantry officer who, prior to his retirement in April 2006, served for 33 years in the Australian Army in command positions in airborne and mechanized units. He later served in key international and strategic level assignments as a senior officer.
Brigadier Bornholt has served on operations in Malaysia and Iraq, and in the Middle East where he commanded Australian joint forces on Operation SLIPPER (Enduring Freedom), which included Special Forces combat operations in Afghanistan.
A graduate of the German Army Command Academy, Brigadier Bornholt has served as Military Adviser at the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York, overseeing Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police operations with the United Nations in Africa, the Middle East and East Timor. He later served in the United States as the Military Attaché at the Australian Embassy in Washington.
During his service Brigadier Bornholt was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, and awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross and the United States Legion of Merit.