GPCAPT Richard Alberts (Alby) joined the RAAF in 1991. As a Junior Officer, his postings included time in Darwin as Exercise Logistics Support Officer and Movements Officer, as well as a short stint in Air Force Headquarters in personnel policy.
GPCAPT Alberts was posted to Headquarters Air Command in 2000 as a Staff Officer in the Logistics Plans directorate. From there he served in a number of joint operational postings including Officer in Charge of Strategic Lift in Headquarters 1st Joint Movement Group and Logistics Plans within Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
GPCAPT Alberts spent a number of postings in Joint Logistics Command including as the Staff Officer to Commander Joint Logistics and Officer in Charge of the Defence National Storage & Distribution Centre, Williamtown site. He completed staff appointments in Strategic Logistics Branch and Logistics Assurance Branch, as Deputy Director Defence Strategic Logistics Reform Program and a year as the Acting/Director Logistics Performance Measurement.
GPCAPT Alberts command positions include Commanding Officer No 1 Air Terminal Squadron in 2006 and Commander Joint Logistics Unit (South) from 2014 – 2016.
GPCAPT Alberts has a significant deployment history, including flood and cyclone relief operations within Australia, drought relief operations in the Papua New Guinea highlands in 1997 as part of OP PLES DRAI. and deploying to Iraq in 2004 as the CJTF-7 liaison officer to the G4 of the Polish-led Multi-National Division in Centre-South. Of note, GPCAPT Alberts was appointed Officer Commanding Joint Movement Coordination Centre – Sumatra, conducting relief operations in response to the Tsunami of December 2004. Most recently, in 2017, he deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months as the Senior Logistics Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Defence.
GPCAPT Alberts was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2000 for his work in Darwin supporting the initial INTERFET Deployment into East Timor and a US Meritorious Service Medal for his work as Logistics Advisor in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course.
In his spare time, GPCAPT Alberts enjoys sailing, bushwalking and running.