Colonel Royal Engineers
Colonel Don Bigger was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1985. Early service was with 24 Field Squadron followed by two years as squadron operations officer, 33 Independent Field Squadron. Following Junior Division of the Staff College he was posted as Adjutant 26 Engineer Regiment, followed by 2 years as a platoon commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before spending 8 months in Zimbabwe and Mozambique as part of a British Military Training Team.
After attending the Army Command and Staff Course he commanded 77 Armoured Engineer Squadron (1998-2000) which included operational deployments to Bosnia and Kosovo. In 2000 he moved to Headquarters 1 (UK) Armoured Division as the SO2 G2/G3 Engineers.
Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2001 he moved to the Equipment Directorates in the MoD. In September 2003 he deployed to Sierra Leone as the Chief Operations Officer of the UN Mission. He assumed command of 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment in 2004. Promoted to Colonel in 2006 he assumed the post of Assistant Chief of Staff Engineers and UK Senior National Representative within the Headquarters 1st German / Netherlands Corps. From September 2008 till March 2009 he was the Chief Planner within the US Iraqi Assistance Group as part of the XVIII US Airborne Corps in Baghdad.
In November 2009 Colonel Bigger deployed to Afghanistan for one year as the Chief Planner within the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) responsible for planning the expansion and training of the Afghan National Security Forces. On returning to the UK he became the Assistant Director of the Army International Branch on the General Staff in Main Building. From November 2013 till December 2014 he deployed to Djibouti as the Chief Planner within the US led Horn of Africa Task Force. He was appointed Colonel Royal Engineers and ADC in August 2015.
Colonel Bigger is married to Patricia; they have two grown up children both at University. He enjoys sea kayaking, hill walking, rugby and re-discovering Ireland’s military heritage and past.