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© 2012 Matt Lewis

CT-C CHQ Uruzgan Provence, Afghanistan

I am currently serving in Israel with Operation PALADIN and preparing to return back home next week. I look forward to being a very active contributor to the "Half Circle". I intend to follow in the footsteps of Dave French and continue to make sure we have a very strong relationship in the future.

Just to give you an overview of myself, I started my Army career as a Reservist in Adelaide with the 10th/27th Battalion, The Royal South Australia Regiment whilst I was at University completing a degree in Physiotherapy. I quickly realised that my passion was in soldiering and after completing my studies and practising for two years, I decided it was time for a change in career and joined the ARA.

I started my professional soldiering in Townsville with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and deployed to Iraq as a Rifle Platoon Commander. I have spent most of my career as a Light Infantryman with subsequent appointments at the School of Infantry and the Combat Training Centre. I have more recently been an Instructor at RMC-Duntroon then an OPS Captain with HQ 1st Brigade. This year I have been serving on the Golan Heights as an observer with the UN based in Northern Israel.

It goes without saying that I was extremely happy with my posting to the 5th Battalion as a Mechanised OC and look forward to the challenges of this new environment. To hear that there is a very active and supportive ex-Serviceman organisation for C Coy has made this an even better opportunity. Once again, I look forward to communicating with other members of the Half Circle once I get settled into the position next year.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch with me and I am sure this is the start of a long and enjoyable partnership to keep the best traditions of C Coy, 5RAR alive.

Major matt Lewis

The above is a transcript of an email sent to Don Harrod, the editor of "Half Circle", the newsletter of C Company 1969-70.

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