Queen’s honour for Portsmouth army major

AWARD Major Matthew Jones
AWARD Major Matthew Jones
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PORTSMOUTH army officer Major Matthew Jones has scooped the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

Maj Jones, 36, was recognised for his military intelligence work in Afghanistan in the Operational Awards List published today.

The soldier commanded intelligence staff in Afghanistan from late 2010 until early this year and is credited with translating complex, raw intelligence into simple and useful material extremely quickly. He has written two handbooks which are regarded as ‘seminal works’ in the intelligence community.

His citation read: ‘Major Jones is, in his own field, a genius.’

Maj Jones, who currently works for the MoD in London, attended Portsmouth Grammar School. He went to Cambridge University before joining the army in 1997. His parents still live in Portsmouth and he often goes to Pompey matches with his father.