Colonel Mick Garraway was born in western Victoria and raised in the Riverina district of New South Wales. He entered the Royal Military College in 1992, and graduated in 1993 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His initial appointment was as a Platoon Commander in the 5th/7th Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment, where he served as a platoon commander for three years.
He served as a company second in command and Training Development Officer at the Army Recruit Training Centre, as Adjutant and Operations Officer at the 1st/19th Battalion of The Royal New South Wales Regiment, and as the Current Operations Captain on Headquarters 1 Brigade. He served on exchange with the British Army in 2002 and 2003, with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Muenster, Germany.During this period, he deployed with the company to Iraq on Op TELIC, participating in the invasion of Iraq and the battle for the city of Ba
Colonel Garraway returned to Australia in January 2004 and took command of B Company 5 Battalion for two years, which included operational service in southern Iraq with the Al Muthanna Task Group on Op CATALYST from April to November 2005. In 2006 he served as the Operations Officer of 5th/7th Battalion.He attended the Australian Command and Staff College in 2007, and upon graduation, served as Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Army. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Career Advisor for psc Majors and SSO Lieutenant Colonels. He assumed his appointment as Commanding Officer of 7th Battalion in December 2009.
Colonel Garraway and his wife Leanne have two sons. His main sporting interest is Rugby which he played and coached at various levels.
In 26 January 2013 He was made Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in the field of officer career management in 2009 and as Commanding Officer, 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, from 2010 to 2012.