Iraq, no bar, Lieutenant Matthew Anthony Baines, Royal Engineers.
After graduating from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned to be Subaltern (Lieutenant), on 14th April 2007 with seniority 9th October 2005.
He was posted to Iraq, from December 2007 until December 2009.
During which time he was in command of a team of 35 individuals, responsible for the airfield & facilities damage as well as construction within the UK and whilst deployed in Iraq.
He was then promoted to Captain, on 14th October 2009, on a short service commission.
His new post as Royal Engineers Operations Manager, with 35 Engineer Regiment.
He was Chief training organiser for a department of 100+ personnel, directly responsible for the planning, co-ordination and execution of a key overseas training exercise in Kenya.
He then Planned, prepared and delivered 3 major construction projects to military and civilian organisations working within the British Army Training Unit Kenya.
From February 2011, he was posted to the war in Afghanistan, as Squadron Second in Command of 21st Engineer Regiment, ‘Ripon’s Engineers’
During this time he managed and controlled the functioning of a military engineering department of over 150 personnel, from within a larger 600 personnel engineer unit.
Reporting directly to senior board directors and budge holders whilst deployed on operations in Afghanistan in 2012/13 delivering counter improvised explosive logistical assurance and whilst maintaining a multi million pound capability.
Whilst serving as Captain, Talisman Second-in-Command, he reported in the Ripon Gazette as part of the Afghan diary;
“Talisman soldiers have continued to work with Brigade Manoeuvre assets having supported the Surveillance and Intelligence Group through the first few weeks of the year.
The continued support and hard work by the lads is ensuring that follow-on units avoid the constant threat of Improvised explosive devices, allowing them to conduct successful operations to counter insurgent activities.”
He appears to have resigned his commission after returning in 2013. medal is court mounted for wear.
(J3758) E.F. £495