Matthew Jones is a Royal Australian Infantry Officer in the Army Reserves. In 2020 he was employed as OC C Coy, 8/7RVR, deploying on both OP BUSHFIRE ASSIST and OP C19A, receiving an ADF Bronze Commendation for the later. In 2021 he was promoted to Major and posted as OC D Coy 5/6 RVR. In his civilian role, Matthew is a Paediatric Surgical Registrar at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, where he is training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and completing a part-time PhD.
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