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7 November 2012

A Journey of Leadership and Bravery

SPEAKER: Lieutenant Colonel W R Lynch – 7 PARA

DATE: Thursday 29th November 2012

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Lt Col Will Lynch was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in Aug 1997.  His first tour was spent in 34 (Seringaptam) Battery RA based in Larkhill, Wiltshire, providing support to ongoing artillery training at the Royal School of Artillery.  In Sep 2000, after 2 happy years firing the guns nearly every day, Lt Col Lynch was posted to 29 Commando Regiment RA, completing the All Arms Commando Course and then the UK Basic Parachute Course.  He then joined 148 (Meiktila) Battery in Jan 2000 as a Naval Gunfire Forward Observer, deploying worldwide in support of RN Ships’ live firing.  This saw him deploy to Norway, Malaysia, the Falkland Islands, France, Scotland and Oman. 


In Sep 2002, after completing the Army Junior Staff Course at Shrivenham, Lt Col Lynch was posted to 47 Regiment RA based in Thorney Island as the Operations Officer for the Regiment’s UN tour on the ‘Green Line’.  Keeping the peace between the Greek and Turkish militaries proved a fascinating experience, which also coincided with the first opening of the border between northern and southern Cyprus in 30 years.  In May 2003, Lt Col Lynch deployed with 3(UK) Division to Iraq in the aftermath of the invasion of Mar/Apr 03.  On return, he then spent a further 2 years in the Divisional HQ, until posted as a Battery Commander (BC) in 40 Regiment RA, based in Topcliffe, N.Yorks.


Lt Col Lynch then completed a second tour of Iraq from Oct 06 - Jun 07, which coincided with the heaviest fighting in and around Basrah since the initial invasion and the US troop ‘surge’.  After completing intensive preparations to deploy his Battery to Afghanistan, Lt Col Lynch was posted to Scotland in Jun 2008 where he served as a Brigade Chief of Staff for two very happy years.  Lt Col Lynch was selected for promotion to Lt Col in May 2010 and then completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course from Aug 10 - Jul 11.


Parachute Regiment RHA (the Army’s only airborne artillery unit) in Jul 12.thLt Col Lynch was then posted to the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ (PJHQ) in Jul 11.  For a hectic year, he was heavily involved in the day to day management of UK operations in Afghanistan and latterly planning the UK’s transition from combat operations to handing over responsibility for security to the Afghan National Security Forces.  Lt Col Lynch assumed command of 7

LOCATION: Sir Bobby Robson Suite, South Stand at the Ipswich Town FC


7.30am: Arrival tea and coffee and networking opportunities

7.45am - 8.00am: Breakfast is served

8.30am: Presentation begins, draws to a close with Q&A

9.10am -10.00am: Members and guests invited to network further or depart



PARKING: Spaces are available at the stadium and accessible via our main entrance located on Constantine road. Our security team will be on hand to direct you to parking spaces and our Sir Bobby Robson Suite.

If you would like any further information or have any queries in relation to this event , please do  not hesitate to contact us on 01473400580 or via email and we shall be happy to help.

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