James Lewis is an officer from the First Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. He led an Urban Close Combat (UCC) Mentoring and Training Team (MTT) on Operation AUGURY – Philippines. The observations and lessons included above have been drawn from a number of sources, including key AFoP personnel, the initial Commander – Joint Task Group 629, and the initial Commander – JTG629 (Land). Observations have also been drawn from other previous MTT commanders from UCC, Joint Fires, Combat Engineering (Urban Search and Breaching), and Sniping and Counter-Sniping.
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