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Principality of Hutt River's
Chief of the Royal Hutt River Artillery
Commander, 1st Regiment of the RHRA Royal Artillery
Commander, RHRA Royal School of Artillery
Commander, RHRA Royal School of Infantry
Commander, Royal Hutt River Military College
&
PHR Special Envoy to North Florida


RHRA Artillery Crest
 

    
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Maj-Gen. Sir William B. Speir Jr.,
KCOWL., KRO., RCH., SCM., RHRA.


Today we introduce one of the Principality's most awarded and senior members of it's Defence Forces:
Maj-Gen. Sir William B. Speir Jr., KCOWL., KRO., RCH., SCM., RHRA.

Bill Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962.  A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Bill has lived in Alabama, Michigan, Texas, Connecticut, and Florida.  He has spent most of his professional life as a Management Consultant, having worked with clients across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  He has lectured on ethics and business practices on college campuses, and has lectured on Scottish History, American History, and Military History to schools, civic and historic organizations.  Bill has helped incorporate a number of non-profit corporations, and has served as an officer and director of several groups including the South Central Association for Southern Re-enacting and Living History Inc., the 2nd Florida Light Artillery, and The John Pelham Historical Association.  Bill has been a long-time supporter of American Civil War battlefield preservation efforts.  Bill has authored a number of muzzle-loading artillery training manuals that are used by the United States Army Field Artillery Association at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  Bill resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Lee Anne, their two children: Sonya and Brad, and their cat, Major (a grey Maine Coon named for Major John Pelham, J. E. B. Stuart’s chief of artillery).

Bill Speir has been a Management Consultant and Leader, focusing on technology solutions, organizational change, and operations for the better part of 25 years.  In his various roles, Bill has had the opportunity to work in and with organizations in the Insurance & Financial Services, Human Resources, Professional Services & Consulting, Warehousing & Distribution (Automotive, Medical Supply, Wireless Communications), Field Service (Call Centre Management, Dispatching, Resource Management), Manufacturing (Automotive, Chemical, Apparel, Steel, Paper), Restaurant, PEO (Employee Leasing), and Retail industries, as well as with clients in the government and military.

For the last 15 years, Bill has specialized in Business Process Management and Change Management consulting, which includes business process design and reengineering, corporate restructuring, merger and acquisition integration, organizational and job design, cultural transformation, business and HR strategy, regulatory compliance, business continuity planning, technology strategy, strategic information systems planning, and outsourcing strategy, with an emphasis on the human impact of change.  Bill has worked with clients in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Bermuda, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


R.H.R.A. Military Service Record:

RANK PROGRESSION:
 

22 October 2003 --- Commissioned – Major
23 October 2005 --- Promotion – Lt. Colonel
01 July 2008 --- Promotion – Colonel
01 January 2013 --- Promotion to Major-General

 


APPOINTMENTS:

6 June 2005              Executive Officer and Adjutant, 1st North American Royal Guards
                       
6 June 2005             Chief of the Royal Hutt River Artillery
6 June 2005              Commander, 1st Regiment of the Royal Hutt River Artillery
6 June 2005              Commander, The RHRA Royal School of Artillery
        
10 August 2007          Commander, The RHRA Royal School of Infantry

10 August 2007           Commander, The Royal Hutt River Military College

28 August 2007           Quartermaster for the 1st North American Royal Guards

28 August 2007           Inspector General for the 1st North American Royal Guards

28 August 2007           Civil Affairs Officer for the 1st North American Royal Guards


RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS:

4 December 2005      Honourable & Ancient Orders of St. Barbara Service  Awards, RHRA

25 November 2006     Knight of the Royal Order (K.R.O.) – Awarded for Services to the PHR

27 August 2008       Red Cross of Hutt – Awarded for Humanitarian Service

01 January 2013      Awarded the Sovereigns Commendation Medal (SCM) for continued service with the RHRDF

27 August 2007       Elevated to Knight Commander in the Order of Wisdom for his outstanding support and representation of the Royal Hutt River Defence Forces

30 May 2009         Honourable Order of St. Barbara, USFAA


ACHIEVEMENT BADGES/AWARDS: 

23 August 2008       Muzzle-Loading Artillery Instructor Certification,
USFAA

1 May 2009          Unit Humanitarian Service Initiative Leadership Badge


ORDERS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

10-11 September 2005  Hurricane Katrina Relief volunteer activity, Governor’s Foot Guard Armoury, Hartford, Connecticut USA.

15 October 2005      Habitat for Humanity volunteer activity, Hartford, Connecticut USA .
                   

26 November 2005    US Field Artillery Association of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma USA, an organization of the United States Army, commits to use the Royal School of Artillery training manuals for muzzle-loading, ceremonial artillery.  Negotiations began 26 June 2005.  Manuals were started in April 2001.

30 December 2006    Submitted updated drafts of the Unit Handbook for the 1st North American Royal Guards in 5 volumes: Overview, Uniform Code, Guard Procedures, Mess Night Manual, and Code of Justice.  Submitted these to the Council of Commanding Officers and to the Commander-in-Chief.  Uniform Code was approved on 15 January 2007.  Handbooks were started in June 2005.

20 August 2007       Created and launched the web site for the 1st North American Royal Guards, The Royal Hutt River Artillery, and the Royal Hutt River Military College (Royal School of Artillery and Royal School of Infantry).

23 August 2008       First Course of Instruction taught by the Royal School of Artillery conducted.

1 October 2008       Production began on the first DVD produced with the United States Army Field Artillery Association Artillery School using the Royal School of Artillery training manuals for muzzle-loading, ceremonial artillery.  The Royal Hutt River Artillery funded most of the production.  DVD release date is scheduled for late Summer 2009.

LINK:   Royal Hutt River Defence Force Site


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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Re-enactment Uniform

 

 

 

 


Insignia of the RHRA Royal Artillery


Insignia of the RHRA 1st North American Royal Guards

   


Insignia of the RHRA Royal Military College

 

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RHRA Patch

   


RHRA Royal School of Artillery Shield

 

 

 

 

 


RHRA Royal School of Artillery

 

 

 

 

 


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RHRDF Crest

 



Colonel Sir William (Bill) Speir Jr K.R.O., RCH., R.H.R.A.

Author of:
            
      
                               
"Knights of the Saltier" Trilogy
Read more here!

Interview with the author:
http://www.sellingbooks.com/william-speir-knights-of-the-saltier

Authors Blog:
http://speir.aegauthorblogs.com

Authors website:
http://www.williamspeir.com



Second book in the trilogy
"Crusaders of the Saltier"

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William Speir blog on Amazon
(May 2011)
 

 

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