10 January 2010

Every Day Hero

Meet Warrant Officer Class 1 Tony Hobbins:

Para made MBE for 'outstanding and meritorious service'

A People In Defence news article

6 Jan 10

A veteran of Afghanistan and one of the most experienced soldiers in the Paras has become a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Warrant Officer Class 1 Tony Hobbins

Warrant Officer Class 1 Tony Hobbins, Regimental Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
[Picture: Corporal Rupert Frere, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

Warrant Officer Class 1 Anthony Hobbins is the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), and served in that role during the battalion's most recent and most arduous tour of Afghanistan in 2008.

WO1 (RSM) Hobbins has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List for his 'extensive, outstanding and meritorious service'.

His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Harrison MBE, said in the citation:

"In over 20 years of military service I have never seen an RSM command such respect."

WO1 Hobbins, who lives in Colchester and is married with four children, said:

"It's difficult to put into words how pleased and proud I am. When I was told I was gobsmacked; absolutely speechless."

The award comes as he nears the end of his two-year period as RSM, itself a great achievement. In addition, WO1 Hobbins has also recently received his Queen's Commission and in April will become Captain Hobbins.

He said:

"The pinnacle was RSM for me, but the MBE just really tops it off. The last two years and the last few months in particular have been a rollercoaster, it's fantastic news for me and the family."...

Read the story on this Every Day Hero here.

Thank you for your service, sir.

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