For the first time in many years, Commander Chris Jones, of the RAN, will be overseas for Anzac Day.
He is deployed on Operation Accordion at Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region (MER) as the J4 Logistics Officer.
Commander Jones has strong ties to Kapunda, South Australia, where he was raised.
“I grew up and lived in Kapunda before I joined the military in 1982. I feel I will always have a strong connection with the town as a passionate member of the Kapunda RSL and the Bombers football club,” Commander Jones said.
Every Anzac Day for many years he has given a speech at the Dawn Service at the RSL.
“Sadly this year I won’t be able to attend, but I know being here doing my job is vital to the ADF’s mission requirements in the MER,” he said.
Commander Jones plays an integral role providing expert advice to command on all matters relating to strategic logistics across the MER.
“I ensure policy and strategic intent is met in logistics planning and execution. I also ensure that all of the task groups and task units are sufficiently supported to be able to carry out Australia’s mission requirements in the MER.
“To be able to provide this across land, sea and air platforms I manage a team who help provide strategic logistics support to all ADF Operations within the MER.”
This is Commander Jones’s seventh deployment to the Middle East in a career that has spanned more than 38 years in both the Army and Navy.
On each deployment he has been invested in providing key logistic support to the operation.
“I enjoy the travel within theatre to various task groups and task units to logistically plan and to produce solutions to meet their current logistics requirements,” Commander Jones said.
“I have been fortunate during my career to be deployed many times before, being able to mentor and provide guidance to my team, which has been incredibly rewarding.”
This Anzac Day he will serve alongside about 1200 deployed ADF personnel throughout the Middle East who will continue to serve Australia’s national interests.
Commander Jones will return to Navy headquarters in South Australia later this year, where he will continue his role as a project officer.