Growing up with a father who served in the Australian Army, Babcock Australasia’s Chief of Staff, Matthew Williams, has always held deep respect for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and its service personnel. An inspiration to follow in his father’s footsteps, combined with a childhood passion for aviation, sparked Matthew’s 22-year career with the Australian Army.
My career with the ADF began in 1997, when I joined the Australian Defence Force Academy. Over the following two decades, my military experience extended from flying roles, to representational roles as an Aide-de-Camp, to staff opportunities in Special Operations Headquarters.
During my service, I had the privilege of leading talented men and women to deliver an extremely professional aviation capability for the Australian Army. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of being a Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot and developing to achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
I also had the opportunity to deploy on operations in both Afghanistan and East Timor. My most significant memories are of these opportunities and being able to work with highly skilled teams and individuals, who performed to exceptionally high standards to deliver aviation support in challenging circumstances.
On Anzac Day, I reflect on the long and proud history of military service in Australia, my family’s long line of service to the ADF, and acknowledge the sacrifices made by so many. Anzac Day is also an opportunity for me to reflect on my own service and appreciate the friendships I’ve made during my career.
Now that I have transitioned from the military into a civilian role at Babcock, I can continue my commitment to Defence through a corporate lens. Today, I contribute to delivering the services and programs to keep the nation secure, communities safe, and critical services operational.