Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC, MG

Corporal Roberts-Smith enlisted in the Australian Army on 11 November 1996. In 2003, Corporal Roberts-Smith completed the SASR selection course and was selected to commence the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) reinforcement cycle.

Benjamin Roberts-Smith

On completion of the reinforcement cycle, he was posted to 3 Squadron, where he served as a member of the Tactical Assault Group West and the Contingency Squadron.

2006 saw Corporal Roberts‑Smith deployed as part of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) in Afghanistan where he was subsequently awarded the Medal of Gallantry.

In 2009, Corporal Roberts‑Smith was then posted to 2 Squadron where he deployed as a patrol second in command to Afghanistan. Upon his return, Corporal Roberts‑Smith completed the SASR Patrol Commanders Course, and in 2010 was again deployed with the SOTG in Afghanistan.

For his actions carried out within Tizak, Afghanistan, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by Her Excellency the Governor‑General of Australia at Campbell Barracks, Perth on 23 January 2011.

Corporal Roberts‑Smith is currently posted to the Special Air Service Regiment.

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