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Lieutenant Colonel C R Marks MA GCGI


2002, he led his second Rifle Company, as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, on operations to liberate Iraq in 2003 and subsequently completed two additional operational tours of duty in Northern Ireland - the first in South Armagh and the second in Londonderry. During this appointment, he found time to deploy to the USA on an exchange exercise with the 101st US Airborne Division and to undertake the duties of the chief fire officer for the County of Bedfordshire during the British firemen’s strike of 2002.


Lieutenant Colonel Colin Marks assumes command of the 2nd Battalion from Lieutenant Colonel Simon Banton at the end of 2009. This Biography is published a couple of months in advance of his arrival rather than in the next issue of the journal in a year’s time.


Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Lt Col Marks was educated at Ballyclare Grammar School before entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1989. He was commissioned into The Royal Irish Rangers in December 1989 and joined the 2nd Battalion in Lemgo, Germany. He has held regimental appointments as Rifle Platoon Commander, Battalion Intelligence Officer, Adjutant and Rifle Company Commander twice. During his first stint as a Company Commander, he spent eighteen months on operations in Northern Ireland conducting operations across the 3rd Infantry Brigade area of responsibility including two deployments at Drumcree. After graduating from the Joint Services Command and Staff College in


He has held a variety of staff appointments including that of Deputy Chief of Staff Headquarters 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) between 2004 and 2006. During this appointment, he was responsible for planning and executing the Brigade’s deployment to and recovery from Iraq during Op Telic 7. In 1999, he deployed to Bosnia on the staff of Headquarters 20th Armoured Brigade, where he held the appointment of SO2 G5 Plans within Headquarters Multi- National Division (South West) in Banja Luka. He has also been an instructor on the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course at the Infantry Battle School and, prior to arriving in Canberra, he spent a brief period teaching at the Intermediate Command and Staff Course. Lt Col Marks is currently the British Exchange Officer at the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra where he is a member of the Directing Staff, an appointment he has held since July 2007.


Lt Col Marks holds two Master of Arts degrees - one from Cranfield University and the other from King’s College, London. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales for the past two years. Married to Sarah since 1992, they have a daughter (Jessica), aged eight, and a son (Matthew), aged two. Apart from his family, his greatest passion is playing and composing bagpipe music, a hobby which he enjoys very much. He is an avid rugby union fan with a bent towards the ACT Brumbies and he still enjoys cross country running and orienteering.


Congratulations to the following:


Births Cpl and Mrs Brooks on the birth of Harvey on 22 Aug 08 Cpl and Mrs Murray on the birth of Skye on 11 Sep 08 LCpl and Mrs Jennison on the birth of Ethan on 20th October 2008 Pte and Mrs Browning on the birth of Amy Pte and Mrs Jammeh on the birth of Bintou on 8th December 2008 Maj and Mrs Ginn on the birth of Mariella on 22 September 2009


Marriages


Maj Ginn on his marriage to Alexandra Maj Jerome on his marriage to Claire Capt Agnew on his marriage to Jenny Pte Busby on his marriage to Tammy Pte Hennessy on his marriage to Robbyn


56 October 2009


The Mercian Eagle


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