Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs SA – well qualified for the role
Friday, 17 October 2014
RADIO ADELAIDE: 9th October 2014
In 1971 a young man called Martin Hamilton-Smith graduated from Marion High School with a scholarship to attend the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He graduated as an officer in 1975 and went on to gain an impressive list of achievements in the education and military fields.
Martin served in 6th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment and the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR). He commanded Australia’s first counter-terrorist assault force in the SAS in 1980. He saw service in Malaysia on counter-terrorism and special recovery operations and as Commanding Officer of the 1st Commando Regiment based in Sydney. In 1993 he was posted as Commanding Officer of the Australian contingent in the 11 nation Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt, also serving as Assistant Chief of the 3,200 man force which monitors the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt from Gaza to the Gulf of Aqaba.
The Legacy Hour’s Helen Meyer caught up with Martin Hamilton-Smith to chat about his military background, Veterans and Veterans families, and the role that Legacy fulfills within this field.