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Army September 17, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
INFANTRY officer Maj Paul Shields has
been made an MBE for his operational
service in Iraq with the 1st Battalion Scots
Guards (1SG) during a 2½-year exchange
posting from 2006 to 2008.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce invest-
ed Maj Shields at Government House on
Maj Shields, 5RAR, served as the opera-
tions officer with the British armoured-infan-
try battlegroup during its lead-up to deploy-
ment, and later as the Battlegroup Warfare
Officer on operations.
British authorities highlighted Maj
Shields' "exceptional personal contribution"
to the success of the British Op Telic 11 in
Basra, with 1SG BG undertaking more than
60 battlegroup-level operations, including 27
His citation underscored the extraordinary
circumstances of an exchange officer assum-
ing such a senior role in an operational battle-
group. It highlighted his "legendary capacity
for turning complex tasks into simple plans".
The exchange was a long-term goal for
Maj Shields, who jumped at the rare oppor-
tunity to work in an armoured-infantry envi-
ronment of that scale. "It is a privilege to be
part of an organisation like that and to be
deployed on Op Telic 11, and then to get the
MBE is a fantastic experience," he said.
The battlegroup deployed to Basra Air
Station from November 2007 to June 2008.
It included a Challenger 2 squadron from
the Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG), two
armoured-infantry companies from 1SG, and
a composite Warrior protected mobility com-
pany from the RDG and the 1st Battalion the
Royal Regiment of Scotland.
"Once deployed to Basra we had a wide
range of tasks, including C-IDF/IED patrols,
quick-reaction tasks, projected Iran/Iraq bor-
der security patrols and strike operations."
It was Maj Shields' commitment to the
daily grind of operational planning that
impressed the British.
Then CO 1SG Lt-Col William Swinton
said the award acknowledged the differ-
ence the Australian made to the build-up and
deployment of the unit. The Australian was
the best operations officer he had worked
with in 20 years of service.
"Nothing seemed to faze him ... and he
was always guaranteed to maintain his trade-
mark cool-Queenslander approach whatever,"
Lt-Col Swinton said. "Astonishingly, some-
where in the margins before deployment, he
single-handedly rewrote a vastly improved
version of battlegroup SOIs."
Maj Shields returned to Australia and a
posting as OC B Coy, 5RAR, in August 2008.
His wife, Evelyn, attended the ceremony.
She said it was a special occasion and "I am
very proud of him".
Proud moment: Maj Paul Shields accepts a congratulatory kiss from wife Evelyn after Governor-
General Quentin Bryce made him an MBE.
Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington
AN INTERNAL assessment has found Australian
soldiers involved in two shooting incidents in
Afghanistan in August operated within the rules
On August 3, a soldier on patrol with the
Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team shot and
killed a suspected insurgent.
Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen Mark Evans
said the soldier "used lethal force on the assessment
of the person being a credible and imminent threat".
On August 11, MRTF 2 soldiers shot two Afghan
men on a motorcycle who failed to obey signals to
stop at a vehicle check point. One man was killed
and the other was wounded. They were later identi-
fied as members of the Afghan National Police.
Lt-Gen Evans said the internal assessment had
found the soldiers had responded appropriately, but
the incident would now be reviewed in the light of
possible changes to check-point procedures.
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