Area Colonel

Brigadier Jon Swift OBE

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Capt John Jones

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Brigadier Jon Swift OBE
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Captain ( retd) John Jones
Our chairman Lancashire

Captain Jones was born in Rochdale Lancashire and educated at Kingsway Secondary Modern.
He enlisted into the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Junior Drummer on 29th April 1964 aged 15 and was
posted to Sutton Coldfield where he underwent training for the flute, bugle, side drum plus more
academic education.

In June 1966 he joined the Drums Platoon 1st Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers stationed at
Weeton Camp Blackpool, during this time he did a short deployment to Jamaica before being
posted with them to Hong Kong from October1967-August 1969.
On disbandment of the 4th Battalion he was posted to the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
and saw service in Berlin, Depot the Queens Division as a Skill at Arms Instructor, several tours of
Northern Ireland as Recce Platoon Sergeant, and Warminster as a Tactics Instructor Platoon
Commanders Division.

A further tour of Berlin as Company Sergeant Major B Company and Training Wing Sergeant Major
during the Battalions Tour in the Falkland Islands.
On completion of the All Arms RQMS Course he was posted as Force RQMS in Belize for two years,
returning to the United Kingdom as Regimental Sergeant Major Depot the Queens Division.

He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in November 1988 and served as MTO
With the 2nd Battalion and 2i/c Infantry Training Instructor at the Army Apprentice College Royal
Engineers, Chepstow. He was discharged in 1992.

He has been married to Laraine for 47years and has two children, five grandchildren and one
great grandson.
He still enjoys keeping fit, walking the Derbyshire Dales and Lake District and the SUN £9.50p
Caravan Holidays!

Congratulation Brigadier Jon Swift OBE Promoted to be Brigadier and appointed as Commander 38th (Irish) Brigade wef August 2017

Our Colonel Lancashire biography

After Commissioning into the Fusiliers in 1995, Colonel Jon deployed as a Platoon Commander in both Bosnia and Northern Ireland.  After further time in Province as a company operations officer, he moved to 2RRF as an armoured infantry company second in command. The Junior Command and Staff Course was followed by two memorable years as a ‘lout’ at RMA Sandhurst.

On returning to 1RRF he completed a short tour as the Operations Officer before taking command of the Recce Group in November 2002, deploying in that role for Op TELIC 1.  Moving from one desert to another, this was followed by an appointment as the British exchange officer to the US Army National Training Centre in California.  He was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal in August 2004. 

After completing the Defence Technology and Advanced Command and Staff Courses, in July 2006 he was posted to Afghanistan to command A Company, 2RRF (Theatre Reserve Battalion) on Op HERRICK 4.  He was Mentioned in Despatches in July 2007.  Command was followed by two appointments in Main Building: first, as Military Assistant to the Master General of the Ordnance and Director Battlespace Manoeuvre; second, as the UOR Protected Mobility desk officer in Capability Ground Manoeuvre.

On promotion, he deployed to Afghanistan as Commander of the BASTION Training Centre and SO1 J7 Training in HQ Joint Force Support (Afghanistan). Subsequent command of 1RRF included deployments to BATUS, Op OLYMPICS and Op HERRICK 18 as Transition Support Unit Nahr-e Saraj for which he was awarded the OBE. On relinquishing command, he returned briefly to acquisition as the senior requirements manager for in-service platforms within the Armoured Vehicles Programmes team before taking up his current post as Assistant Director Capability Plans in August 2014

out Going Colonel Lancashire biography
and now Colonel of the Regiment

Major General P A E NANSON CBE, Late RRF

Brigadier Paul Nanson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and educated at Merchant Taylor's School in Crosby. Forgoing a University education, he joined 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1986 and spent the next 8 years at Regimental Duty as a rifle and reconnaissance platoon commander and Adjutant, including tours in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Bosnia, Germany and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he was fortunate enough to be seconded to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment as a Company Commander both in Warminster and Cyprus.

In 1998, he attended ACSC 3 at Bracknell followed by a 'black bag' job as Chief of Staff 102 Logistic Brigade during which time he took part in Exercise SAIF SAREEA and was deployed on Operation VERITAS. In 2002, he was posted to First Fusiliers in command of Y Company for a 2 year tour that included Operation TELIC 1. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 2004, he was posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College as a member of the Directing Staff where he taught on the inaugural Initial Command and Staff Course (Land). In 2006, he returned to 7th Armoured Brigade and took command of First Fusiliers on Operation TELIC 7 and then saw the battalion through a Brigade training year and Operation TELIC 12.

On promotion to Colonel he was posted to Herford as Chief Of Staff 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division from where he attended HCSC. He assumed Command of 7th Armoured Brigade in January 2011.

Brigadier Nanson was awarded a QCVS in 1996 for service in Bosnia and appointed MBE in 2002 for his time as Chief of Staff 102 Logistic Brigade.

He is married to Louise and has two young children; Milly and Henry. He enjoys his Mini Cooper, walking in the Lake District and motor cycling - although he is no longer allowed to possess a motorbike.

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