Woodbridge: Soldier receives military honour

Sapper Adam Oxley of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), based at Woodbridge, has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service. Sapper Adam Oxley of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), based at Woodbridge, has been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service.

Friday, March 21, 2014
6:05 AM

A Suffolk-based soldier has been awarded a military honour for delivering vital force protection during his tour of Afghanistan.

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Sapper Adam Oxley of 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), based at Rock Barracks, Woodbridge, received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for his work as the Resources Yard Commander within Task Force Helmand (TFH).

A role usually fulfilled by a more senior soldier, the 24-year-old was in charge of stock worth millions of pounds.

His ability to deliver force protection measures, especially to forward patrol bases, has been acknowledged as crucial.

The QCVS recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations.

The announcement of Spr Oxley’s award was made with today’s release of operational honours and awards for 117 personnel.

The awards are principally for actions between March and September 2013 during Operation Herrick 18.

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