Marine Reservist receives George Medal

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  1. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    From today's DefenceNet:

    Open source link at

    Colonel Paul Anthony Jobbins, a Royal Marine Reserve, is honoured for his actions in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2004 and receives the George Medal.

    Col Jobbins was responsible for tactical control of all UN forces in Bukavu, the major city in the eastern Congo, when serious fighting broke out and the city fell to insurgents in June 2004.
    Women were raped, innocent children murdered and homes pillaged. Throughout this dangerous period, unarmed and at great personal risk, Col Jobbins worked ceaselessly to conduct negotiations with faction commanders, arrange the withdrawal of all forces and rescue UN personnel and Congolese civilians.

    Col Jobbins drove through crossfire to meet with a dissident General, persuaded him to halt his advance, and personally rescued many terrified civilians, often under fire. He personally ensured the safety of thousands of civilians and is cited for his commitment and courage, and his gallant leadership under fire.

    Paul Jobbins was born on 2 April 1948 in Bristol. In 1972 he joined Royal Marines Reserve Bristol as a recruit, completing commando training in April 1973 and he was commissioned in April 1975. He was awarded the Reserve decoration in 1983 and achieved a bar to this award in 1993.

    Subsequently he assumed command of RMR Bristol in 1994 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 2001 he was appointed as Royal Marines Reserve Colonel the senior RMR post and was appointed OBE in the Golden Jubilee Honours list in 2003 for services to the RMR.

    In his civilian occupation, Paul Jobbins served as a Fingerprint officer with Avon and Somerset Constabulary until his retirement in 2001. With the support of the police he was able to make a substantial commitment to Royal Marines Reserve Bristol holding a number of training appointments in the unit and serving with the Regular Corps.

    He served with 45 Commando in Northern Ireland in 1981 and with 3 Commando Brigade during Op CORPORATE (Falklands War) in 1982. In 1999 he led a Royal Marines training team in Egypt working alongside Egyptian regulars. On his return to UK he volunteered for mobilisation for operations in Bosnia serving 2 tours consecutively.

    Returning to his civilian employment, he was immediately mobilised again to serve as the British Military Liaison Officer to the High Commission in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone he was heavily involved in attempts to rescue a UK patrol kidnapped by the gang known as the West Side Soldiers which resulted in Op BARRAS.

    More recently Colonel Jobbins served with MONUC, the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo acting as lead Military Observer in South Kivu, the scene of unrest in June 2004.

    Colonel Jobbins is married to Nicola, a Fingerprint officer with Avon and Somerset Police and has three children. In his spare time he has a keen interest in field sports. He is a member of Wessex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, serving as the selected marine member for RFCA in Gloucestershire, and is Chairman of the Badminton and District branch of the Royal British Legion.

    His citation reads in full:

    "Colonel Jobbins deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo in April 2004 as Chief of Staff United Nations Joint Operations Centre, Bukavu, the major city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. He was delegated tactical control of all United Nations forces in Bukavu, amounting to two infantry companies. After three months of increasing tension and ill discipline between two rival factions of the Congolese Land Forces based in the city, serious fighting broke out on 26th May 2004. The fighting, which lasted two weeks, claimed over one hundred lives, hundreds of injured, and forced the displacement of thousands of the minority community. Women were raped, innocent children murdered and houses pillaged. Bukavu fell to the insurgents on 9th June. Calm of sorts was finally restored after the authorities regained control five days later. Throughout this extended period, unarmed, at great personal risk, Jobbins continuously demonstrated remarkable gallantry. He conducted ceasefire negotiations with the faction commanders, arranged the withdrawal of all forces, and rescued United Nations personnel and Congolese civilians. These actions were frequently conducted under small arms and mortar fire between the opposing forces.

    "After negotiating a ceasefire Jobbins arranged a meeting between the dissident former General Nkunda, who was advancing on Bukavu with four thousand soldiers, and the United Nations Force Commander. Unable to contact other military personnel, still unarmed and with only one officer to support him, Jobbins drove through sustained crossfire between retreating Government forces and the advancing rebels. He successfully persuaded Nkunda to halt his advance and meet the Force Commander. Jobbins then drove to the airport, through which any evacuation would be conducted, to assess the situation where fighting had isolated United Nations logistic units. He encountered hostile crowds due to the United Nations' perceived inaction. Learning that United Nations troops were reluctant to escort much needed supplies to Bukavu, he quickly organized a convoy and led a small escort. Jobbins then again assisted the United Nations Brigade Commander to create a buffer zone between the rebels and Government forces. With the city being pillaged by successive groups, the dangerous and deteriorating security situation threatened the lives of thousands. Confronted by this chaos, Jobbins worked tirelessly to rescue those who requested assistance. Assisted by a few brave volunteers, including United Nations civilians but with few reliable military personnel, he personally rescued many terrified civilians, often under fire, and always at risk.

    "Recognized by all United Nations personnel in Bukavu, civil and military alike, as one of the few United Nations' officers with commitment and courage, his gallant leadership under fire inspired renewed confidence of those around him. Despite being threatened personally by both factions, his negotiation skills contributed directly to the successful outcome of the Bukavu crisis. He personally ensured the safety of thousands of innocent civilians. Unarmed, Jobbins' repeatedly gallant actions throughout the crisis were in the finest traditions of the British Armed Forces and clearly went well beyond the normal limits of United Nations peacekeeping."


    This guy is in USN parlance a " mustang " , having served 2 years as a booty junior rank before commissioning. Be interesting to hear what coverage Ms Wade's rag gives this award.....

    Le Chevre
  2. Sounds nails to me....

    A well deserved award!
  3. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    yeah - check this for details of operational awards in addition to Col Jobbins:

    Interesting addition ( which I've not seen before) is a list of personnel who have been awarded US citations:


    Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer)

    Major General Andrew Peter FARQUHAR CBE
    Late The Green Howards

    Lieutenant General Sir John Panton KISZELY KCB MC
    Late Scots Guards

    Major General Jonathon Peter RILEY DSO
    Late The Royal Welch Fusiliers

    Bronze Star Medal

    Major Adam Timothy Stephen CRAWFORD
    Royal Marines

    Lieutenant Colonel Jani MAROK
    Royal Marines

    Major Simon James BANTON
    The Staffordshire Regiment

    Corporal Thomas Edward BOND
    Royal Tank Regiment

    Major General John COOPER DSO MBE
    Late The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

    Lieutenant Colonel Neil Davidson FRASER
    Royal Corps of Signals

    Lieutenant Colonel Mark Andre HOLDEN
    The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters

    Colonel Paul Richard Lorimer LANE
    Late Royal Regiment of Artillery

    Warrant Officer Class 2 Lee James MASON
    Royal Corps of Signals

    Major John Stuart McDONALD
    The Parachute Regiment

    Major John Christopher PEREZ MBE
    Royal Gibraltar Regiment

    Major Michael William SHERVINGTON
    The Parachute Regiment

    Colonel Mark Evan WARING OBE
    Late Royal Regiment of Artillery

    Captain Colin WHITWORTH
    The Royal Logistic Corps

    Lieutenant Colonel Peter Simon Paton WORSLEY
    Royal Regiment of Artillery

    Major John Charles Julian WRIGHT
    The Royal Anglian Regiment

    Dunno what the Bronze Star equates to ? QCVS ?

    Le Chevre
  4. [quote="Goatman] Be interesting to hear what coverage Ms Wade's rag gives this award.....

    Le Chevre[/quote]

    If any..........................
  5. Reading between the lines of that write up , he is very very nails indeed. Congratulations to Col. Jobbins.
  6. Well earned recognition no doubt. Not wishing to take away from any efforts or well deserved awards but I always feel a little bit let down with the lack of OR's on these lists.

  7. Congratulations to Col. Jobbins on both his award and a genuinely outstanding career as a reservist in HM Forces.

    Fair play to A&S Police for supporting him in his career(s), looks like a model of how a civilian employer should look after, and recognise, reservist employees.

  8. nice one.
    bloke at my unit got some tinpot gong from the septics, cant wear it though, wouldnt want to either its bloody awful!!
  9. Well done that man.
  10. Colonel Jobbins was awarded the GM in March and it certainly made the mainstream press and MoD sites at the time. The news may have been lost in the shadows of Private Beharry's VC. Search 'Jobbins' and ARRSE hasn't mentioned him until today, but it isn't new news.