Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Gallery: Troops’ efforts in Afghanistan are recognised at honours ceremony at RAF Honington

12:00 31 January 2013

Operation HERRICK medals are presented to No. 1 Squadron at RAF Honington who recently returned from Afghanistan.

Operation HERRICK medals are presented to No. 1 Squadron at RAF Honington who recently returned from Afghanistan.

Archant

TROOPS based at RAF Honington have been awarded operational service medals for their deployment to Afghanistan last year.

shares

Yesterday, Commandant General of the RAF Regiment, Air Commodore Nick Bray, presented 15 medals, including a clasp, to these servicemen during a ceremony in a hangar at the base.

The troops were deployed to Afghanistan between April and November last year in support of Operation Herrick.

Air Comm Bray also awarded one operational service medal for a tour of Libya and four servicemen who represented the RAF at judo received RAF Colours to recognise their sporting prowess.

Officer Commanding No 1 Squadron, James Rowe, from Chelmsford, and who also received an operation service medal for his tour in Afghanistan, said all the servicemen being recognised had made a “vital contribution”.

“There are some young guys out there who are given a lot of responsibility for challenging circumstances and they haven’t failed yet, so [I feel] very proud, yes.”

Speaking of the RAF Regiment’s role in the British military, Air Comm Bray said the RAF Regiment said: “It is men and women just like this who are out there conducting themselves with courage and determination. They are doing a marvellous job. It’s great to see you all here today to welcome you all back from where you have been and to wish you the best of luck for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Sergeant Pete Scarlett, 41, who is originally from Tilbury in Essex, said the tour of Afghanistan had been “fine,” adding they had been providing protection for the British contingency. In total he has been on 18 tours in his career.

His father Alan, 66, from Tilbury, said: “At times it can be frightening, worrying, but then you get something like this and you are proud of what he’s done.”

Senior Aircraftman Bobby Edney, from London, said the tour of Afghanistan had been a “good experience”.

shares

0 comments

Votes will be counted overnight for Colchester and Ipswich Borough Council elections

Votes cast in Colchester and Ipswich today will be counted through the night and our reporters Will Lodge and Paul Geater will be there to hear who has been elected in each ward.

The crash happened in Granville Street, which is just off Norwich Road.

A man has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Granville Street, Ipswich.

Twiggy is a big fan of Suffolk

Suffolk isn’t know for its glitz and glammer and A-list celebrities but there are an ‘A-Team’ of stars linked to the county, as Connor McLoone discovered.

Councillors are fighting for a seat in Colchester Town Hall.

Polling stations are still open across Colchester - have you voted for your borough councillors or the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner?

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury.

Union leaders have raised “serious concerns” about the amount of money spent on senior NHS staff in the region at a time when frontline workers have seen real time reductions in their earnings.

Pupils from Holbrook primary with some of the 3D printed enhaler caps inspired but Tim Peake. 
Tristan and Jack

It isn’t every day your school gets a message from space.

Abellio Greater Anglia train

Due to a fault with barriers at a level crossing at Kelvedon trains have to run at a reduced speed on all lines.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24