BG Leigh R. Tingey

Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver)
1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss

Brigadier General Leigh R. Tingey was commissioned into the Royal Engineers of the British Army in 1989. He spent his formative years as a Troop Commander and Operations Officer within close support and commando units and completed a Civil Engineering Bachelor’s degree at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. A busy tour as the Adjutant of 22 Engineer Regiment was followed by two highly enjoyable years as a Platoon Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In 2000, he returned to the Defence Academy to complete a Defence Technology Master’s degree and Advanced Command and Staff Course 6. Appointments followed in the Directorate of Equipment Capability in the Ministry of Defence, in command of 30 Armoured Engineer Squadron and as an instructor at the British Army’s combined arms training centre in Alberta, Canada. He returned to the Ministry of Defence in 2009, spent a year as an SO1 in the Policy Branch of the General Staff and took command of 24 Commando Engineer Regiment in 2010. During an exceptionally rewarding command tour he deployed with the regiment on Exercise AURIGA, a two month amphibious exercise with the USMC, led the Task Force Helmand Engineer Group throughout Operation HERRICK 14, and oversaw the regiment’s return to contingency, notably deploying it to the Mediterranean in support of the Responsive Force Task Group on Exercise COUGAR 12. Eight months as a Syndicate DS on the Advanced Command and Staff Course preceded a move into the Army Division of the Defence Academy as a Divisional Director in 2013. After three professionally stimulating years delivering training and education to newly promoted majors, he took over as the Assistant Head International Engagement, part of the Army Staff in London, in August 2016. From September 2017 to July 2018, he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and on promotion to Brigadier General took over as the Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver) of the 1st Armored Division in August 2018. He has completed numerous overseas exercises and operational deployments, the latter taking him to the Gulf (1991), Northern Ireland (1997), Bosnia (1999), Iraq (2005) and Afghanistan (2007 and 2011). For his last tour in Central Helmand he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.