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Operational Honours and Awards Citations: 19 March 2010

A History and Honour news article

19 Mar 10

A total of 146 members of the Armed Forces and one civilian have received honours and awards in the Operational Honours List dated today, 19 March 2010.

Here follows short citations for the highest awards.


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier David Arthur HOOK, Royal Marines, Deputy Commander Operations - Regional Command (South) Helmand, October 2008 - September 2009

Between October 2008 and September 2009, Brigadier Hook served as the deputy commander and chief of operations to a Dutch Major General commanding Regional Command (South) in NATO's International Security and Assistance Force mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He performed a very valuable service to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and was a quite excellent ambassador for the UK. For his service on operations, Brigadier HooK is appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Colonel Greville Kenneth BIBBY, MBE, late Coldstream Guards, Deputy Commander - Task Force Helmand, March - December 2009

Between March and December 2009 Colonel Bibby was based in Lashkar Gah where he served as Deputy Commander of Task Force Helmand. His principal role was as one of five civilian and military deputies in a multi-national, multi-agency environment. His leadership and judgement in this operational Provincial Reconstruction Team was notably effective and produced a step change in civilian/military integration at an important juncture in Helmand. For his service on operations, Colonel Bibby is appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Lieutenant Colonel Simon James BANTON, The Mercian Regiment, Commanding Officer Operational Mentoring and Liaison Teams Battle Group, Helmand Province, March - September 2009

During a six-month period, over a violent summer in Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel Banton has acted as chief mentor to the 3/205th ANA Brigade. His has been a complex and dispersed leadership challenge which has served to lay the foundations for embedded partnering.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Simon CALDER, The Royal Anglian Regiment, Commanding Officer Battle Group Northwest Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Lieutenant Colonel Calder, understanding the significance of establishing enduring governance in Musah Qaleh, quickly identified the issue and then invested heavily in rebuilding relationships through integrated planning, combined military operations and considerable social interaction. He has led with compassion, humility, resolve and great courage.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Robin James CAMPBELL, The Royal Logistic Corps, Commanding Officer, Afghanistan, March - September 2009

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell has commanded the Close Support Logistic Regiment (CLSR) on Operation HERRICK for the last six months. Campbell's leadership, courage, drive, energy and personal sacrifice have been second to none and have contributed significantly to the success of Task Force Helmand over the past six months. His performance in the most demanding of circumstances has been extraordinary.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen John CARTWRIGHT, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Commanding Officer Regional Battle Group (South) Southern Afghanistan, April - October 2009

Over a busy and demanding six month period on Operation HERRICK 10, Lieutenant Colonel Cartwright, as Commanding Officer of 3 SCOTS (The Black Watch), has led his soldiers in 13 dangerous Battle Group operations. Throughout, he has planned and conducted his operations with great measure thereby, crucially, limiting the extent of collateral damage.

Acting Colonel Douglas McKenzie CHALMERS, MBE, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Commanding Officer, Helmand Province, April - September 2009

As the Commanding Officer of the Theatre Reserve Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Chalmers took over a new BG (CS) area in the second phase of Op SOND CHARA. His ability to inspire his own men and connect, cajole and persuade the local population is both rare and exceptional.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Staff Sergeant Thomas Edward John BRENNAN, Royal Army Medical Corps, Hospital Squadron Sub-Unit Quartermaster, Camp Bastion, April - October 2009

Staff Sergeant Brennan has been responsible for sustaining the hospital's military effectiveness. The time, effort, energy and dedication required to fulfil all of these critical tasks has clearly been beyond the call of duty, yet he has not flinched or faltered in his pursuit of them.

Major Oliver Jerome KINGSBURY, The Parachute Regiment, Chief Of Staff - Task Force Helmand, Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, March - August 2009

Major Kingsbury has been the Chief of Staff of Task Force Helmand over the most complex, difficult and fraught of summer tours in Helmand Province. That he has done it as a first staff appointment as a Major is extraordinary.

Major Eldon Nicholas Somervile MILLAR, Corps of Royal Engineers, Officer Commanding Joint Force EOD Group, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Major Millar has been the Officer Commanding the Joint Force Explosive Operations Group (JF EOD Gp) during the most technically complex and frenetic Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-lED) battle period that Helmand has yet witnessed. Despite the complexity of his operations room, the demands of commanding his dispersed squadron, provision of compassionate support to the wounded and his relatively junior rank, he recognises fully the strategic and national importance of doing so.

Major Samuel Joseph PLANT, The Light Dragoons, Officer Commanding C Squadron The Light Dragoons, Forward Operating Base Keenan, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Major Plant commanded C Squadron Group, The Light Dragoons, which consisted of a platoon of Mercians, a platoon of Rifles, and a mixed cap badge Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team for his platoon of Afghan National Army. He devised, gained the necessary support and drove home a comprehensive plan to alter the approach, clear the fields of view around the FOB and alter the patrolling routines. He sought to protect and secure the local population as best he could and undermine any latent support that might exist for the Taliban.

Bar to Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Lieutenant Colonel Angus George Costeker FAIR, DSO, The Light Dragoons, Commanding Officer Light Dragoons Battle Group, Helmand Province, March - September 2009

Lieutenant Colonel Fair was Commanding Officer of The Light Dragoons Battle Group in Helmand between March and September 2009. Lieutenant Colonel Fair dealt with extraordinary levels of tactical complexity and danger in command of his Battle Group. His tactical understanding and his ability to motivate and cajole his men in the very harshest of operational environments proved decisive. His leadership during this phase of the operation was nothing short of inspirational. For his service Lieutenant Colonel Fair is awarded a Bar to his Distinguished Service Order.

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Major Giles Richard HARRIS, MBE, WELSH GUARDS, Company Commander, Nad E Ali, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April - September 2009

Major Harris was a Company Commander in Helmand between April and September 2009. Major Harris's fearless approach and determination to close with the enemy would in itself be worthy of recognition, but he also captured a Taliban stronghold, opened a school there and changed the dynamics of an entire area for the better through his personal leadership, which makes him quite extraordinary. This amazingly courageous officer put his life at risk time and again to achieve his mission and inspire his men. For his service, Major Harris is awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Brigadier Timothy Buchan RADFORD, OBE, late The Light Infantry, Commander, Task Force Helmand, Afghanistan, April - September 2009

Brigadier Radford commanded Task Force Helmand - a force of several thousands of soldiers on Op HERRICK 10 between April and October 2009. Arguably the most ambitious, complex and dangerous tour to date. Brigadier Radford, as the Task Force Commander, planned, led and commanded Operation Panther's Claw, which was synchronised with the United States Marine Corps, to provide a timely and unprecedented boost to the momentum of ISAF operations, with widespread implications. Furthermore and throughout his tour he often took personal risk to reinforce his orders face-to-face in the front line, and under fire. For his time in Command of Task Force Helmand, Brigadier Radford is awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Acting Colonel Robert John THOMSON, MBE, The Rifles, Commanding Officer Battle Group North, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

As the Commanding Officer of 2 Rifles in Helmand between April and October 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Thomson led the fight in Sangin. Through brilliant leadership, he ensured that all members of his Battle Group remained focused and ultimately succeeded against a resurgent and agile insurgency. His resilience and determination, under quite unbelievable pressure, marked him out. For his service, Lieutenant Colonel Thompson is awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Associate Royal Red Cross Medal (ARRC)

Captain Gail Lesley WHITTLE, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, Nursing Officer, Camp Bastion, April - October 2009

Between April and October 2009, Captain Whittle provided critical continuity during an exceptionally busy tour. Captain Whittle was the key clinical success factor for emergency platelet and blood donation during the time of both 202 Field Hospital and the Danish Hospital Squadron. She used her leadership, tact and diplomacy to ensure that all nationalities worked collaboratively while encouraging the highest nursing standards within a UK governance framework. For her service, Captain Whittle is appointed as an Associate of The Royal Red Cross.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)

Sergeant Alan Gordon DENNIS, The Mercian Regiment, Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team, Team Second in Command, Helmand Province, April 2009

Sergeant Dennis was second in command of an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) operating from Patrol Base (PB) Jaker, near Nawa. His team was deployed to conduct a joint patrol with Warriors of the Afghanistan National Army (ANA) and whilst patrolling the Helmand River Valley his patrol was ambushed. His example and initiative brought the ANA into the battle which saved the patrol from defeat. He was calm and collected under intense fire and displayed cool courage.

Gunner Steven William GADSBY, The Royal Regiment of Artillery, Fire Support Team Signaller, Helmand Province, May 2009

In May 2009, Gunner Gadsby was serving as a signaller with a Fire Support Team based in Check Point Haji Alem in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand. He was part of a routine foot patrol when it came under attack and sustained two casualties. His decision to collect and carry them individually across an Infantry Foot Bridge in view of the enemy, rather than to cross the canal in cover, gave the two casualties the very best chance of survival by getting them to medical aid as quickly as possible. For his actions that day Gunner Gadsby is awarded The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Sergeant Marc Kevin GILES, The Mercian Regiment, Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team, Team Second in Command, Helmand Province, June 2009

In June 2009, Sergeant Giles was on a joint patrol with Warriors of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Basharan to the north of Lashkar Gar when they were ambushed by the Taliban. His Commander was trapped in the killing zone and Sergeant Giles took command. Within minutes, an ANA Warrior forward with the OMLT commander was seriously wounded. Sergeant Giles dashed across open ground grabbed the casualty, threw him over his shoulders and ran with him back across the killing zone and to the emergency rendezvous. As a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) drew close to the fight, Sergeant Giles went to guide them with 2 Warriors but was almost immediately blown off his feet and thrown violently against a compound wall. Composed, calm and fully aware of the danger the entire patrol faced, he ordered the QRF to halt, coordinated the patrol's defence and, still recovering from the effects of the bomb blast, and under sporadic small arms fire, personally conducted a clearance to mark a safe route to marry up the patrol with the QRF. Sergeant Giles's actions were selfless and courageous and in recognition he is awarded The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Serjeant Jaime MONCHO, The Rifles, Platoon Serjeant, Helmand Province, July 2009

Serjeant Moncho was with the rear section of a platoon's patrol when, there was an ear-shattering blast which was immediately followed up by accurate small-arms fire. Ignoring the incoming fire, Moncho raced forward to the site of the explosion to find that his lead section had been ripped apart by the explosion. Moncho immediately gripped the situation, barking short sharp orders at his team. He then turned his attention to the casualties, personally leading the triage, and delegating troops to treat the casualties. Once he saw that the evacuation was underway, Moncho gathered the remnants of his platoon together and established a fire-base from which he could protect those returning to base. His supreme courage in the face of the most testing of circumstances was exemplary and his personal actions steadied all those around him.

Lance Bombardier Gary PROUT, The Royal Regiment of Artillery, Fire Support Team, Helmand Province, March 2009

In March 2009, Lance Bombardier Prout was deployed with a patrol to probe the Taliban's forward defences as part of a Fire Support Team (FST). It was the most dangerous terrain within the Company's Area of Operations and every patrol would came under effective and sustained insurgent attack. For the duration of this event Lance Bombardier Prout consciously risked his life, on three separate occasions, and it was a miracle he was not killed. He displayed the most incredible courage which goes beyond that normally expected of a NCO in the face of the enemy and surpassed the actions of any other soldier on that day. For his outstanding courage in attempting to save a mortally wounded colleague, who tragically later died, Lance Bombardier Prout is awarded The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Lance Corporal Kyle Patrick SMITH, The Mercian Regiment, Section Second in Command, Helmand Province, July 2009

In July 2009, Lance Corporal Smith's platoon was ambushed by insurgents from a well sited and strong position. The ambush was initiated by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) strike, as a consequence of which, several soldiers in Smith's section became casualties. Lance Corporal Smith moved to the nearest casualty, administered first aid and dragged him into cover. In the process of doing so he knowingly and with great courage had to expose himself to heavy insurgent fire over 100 or so metres of open ground. Having reached the safety of cover and ensured that the casualty was secure he immediately returned to extract a further casualty, once again placing himself in the line of fire, pausing only to return fire at insurgent positions. He successfully dragged his comrade to safety. Without the selfless, brave and timely actions of this young NCO, two of the casualties from the initial engagement would have remained exposed to the enemy and undoubtedly suffered further injury. For his conduct that day, Lance Corporal Smith is awarded The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

Military Cross (MC)

Warrant Officer Class 2 Mathew Robert TOMLINSON, CGC, Royal Marines, Group Sergeant Major, Basharan, Nr Lashkar Gar, Helmand Province, May 2009

In May of last year, as Sergeant Major of the Armoured Support Group, Warrant Officer 2 Tomlinson had deployed forward to visit a troop operating within the area of operations. He was the vehicle controller of the second vehicle in a packet of five Viling. The lead Viking struck a substantial explosive device that blew the front and rear cab 20 metres apart, followed immediately by heavy, and accurate small arms fire, as well as rocket propelled grenade fire. Tomlinson dismounted and moved forward to the casualties arriving at the burning front cab he began to search for casualties, despite ammunition exploding in the fire he found the driver on the ground and assisted by another Viking Operator, administered life saving first aid close to the burning cab with continuous enemy fire impacting around them. His calm, confident leadership reassured and stabilised several chaotic situations. He was directly responsible for saving the life of the driver and organising an ordered extraction that day. For his conduct, Warrant Officer 2 Tomlinson is awarded the Military Cross.

Corporal Craig ADKIN, The Mercian Regiment, Company Medic, Babaji, Helmand Province, July 2009

In July 2009 Corporal Adkin was on patrol with his Company in Babajii. Following a Rocket Propelled Grenade strike, Corporal Adkin, the company medic, immediately pushed forward to locate the casualties and exposed himself to great danger. Having assessed the situation, he decided to run across 100 metres of open ground under fire in order to reach and treat the casualties. Knowing that further casualties remained in the killing area, he again crossed the open ground which was still under heavy fire, in order to provide first aid and triage to the other casualties. Subsequently, all casualties were safely extracted and the insurgent position destroyed. His selfless and courageous actions have undoubtedly saved lives during the tour and he has placed himself in the most dangerous areas throughout. For his actions that day, Corporal Adkin is awarded the Military Cross.

Captain Edward Robert BROWN, The Mercian Regiment, Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT), Team Commander, Jaker, Helmand Province, March - July 2009

Captain Brown commanded an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) at Patrol Base (PB) Jaker in Nawa, an isolated location no more than 500 metres away in all directions from the enemy's forward line. The only manoeuvre force was Brown's OMLT and a platoon of Warriors from the Afghan National Army (ANA). Brown's bravery and commitment were sustained for months, he took the fight to the enemy at every opportunity and his leadership inspired the OMLT and ANA.

Major Jo BUTTERFILL, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Company Commander, FOB Nolay, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

During his tour in Helmand between April and October 2009 Major Butterfill's company endured 12 lED strikes but crucially found a staggering 63 devices. Major Butterfill's operations have been characterised by a robust offensive spirit. Taking the fight to the enemy his personal example to his Fusiliers was inspirational. His courageous actions, reflected his position as an inspirational leader of men under the most testing of combat situations. For his actions in Helmand, Major Butterfill is awarded the Military Cross.

Corporal Steven Graham CHILDS, The Rifles, Acting Platoon Serjeant, Helmand Province, June 2009

Corporal Childs found himself as Acting Platoon Serjeant following an explosion which killed one of his Riflemen and blew out the ear drums of his Platoon Serjeant. Ten days later he was to find himself as Platoon Commander when his was mortally wounded by an lED concealed in a compound roof. Childs steadied the Platoon and personally led them back into the security of the Forward Operating Base. For a seasoned Platoon Serjeant these actions would have been extraordinary. For a Corporal they were exemplary - his leadership, exceptional determination, decisiveness and compassion were way above and beyond that which would reasonably be expected of a Junior Non Commissioned Officer of his experience.

Corporal Richard CLARK, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Aviation Assault Company Section Commander, Southern Afghanistan, July - October 2009

Corporal Clark served as a Section Commander in Afghanistan between July and October 2009. On one occasion, Corporal Clark led his section in an attack on an enemy machine-gun nest. Corporal Clark sized up the situation and, one after the other, fired two 66 mm rockets at the enemy. Corporal Clark's speed of thought alerted him to the need to act quickly and decisively before the enemy infiltrated any closer. Displaying exemplary courage, leadership and initiative, he left the relative safety of the compound and led his section across open ground to clear the enemy from the position. In this incident and others Corporal Clark's instinctive courage in the face of the enemy and leadership have ensured the success of the mission. For his service, Corporal Clark is awarded the Military Cross.

Major Neil Darren GRANT, The Mercian Regiment, Officer Commanding Brigade Reconnaissance Force, Helmand Province, March - October 2009

As a junior Major, Grant has trained and led the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) through some of the most dangerous and bold operations on Op HERRICK 10. He has conducted operations deep within insurgent-controlled areas and has been at the forefront of deliberate operations - most notably during Op PANCHAI PALANG. The BRF has had a massively disproportionate effect to its relative small size - in defeating elements of the insurgency. Grant's leadership under fire and persistent courage has been exemplary.

Lieutenant Tresham Dames Rowley GREGG, The Light Dragoons, Troop Leader, Helmand Province, July 2009

In July 2009, Lieutenant Gregg led a mixed troop of reconnaissance vehicles and dismounted soldiers attached to a rifle company during Operation PANCHAI PALANG. Lieutenant Gregg insisted on leading from the front; resolute and firm in his determination to take the fight to the enemy at all costs. His courage, forthright leadership and determination to complete the mission in the face of heavy casualties were pivotal to the success of the operation. His bravery, leadership and the outstanding personal example he set have all been exemplary. For his service Lieutenant Gregg is awarded the Military Cross.

Major Karl Christian HICKMAN, The Rifles, Company Commander, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Major Hickman has personally led his Riflemen out time after time; his men have never once shirked their responsibility and met the challenge head-on inflicting significant damage on the enemy whenever the opportunity presented itself. His leadership and personal courage has been exemplary throughout a harrowing six months; his men clearly derived strength from his gallantry under attack from both lEDs and the small arms fire which often accompanied the blast.

Lieutenant William James Archie HIGNETT, The Rifles, Platoon Commander, Sangin, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Hignett's Platoon discovered over 44 lEDs in its three months in Wishtan and yet hardly suffered a casualty - testimony to Hignett's professional leadership, thorough preparation and his superb grasp of the enemy's tactics and techniques. For six gruelling months his actions have been characterised by distinction and a startling gallantry against a ruthless enemy. His inspiring leadership has been extraordinary and he has never waivered.

Private Alexander Robert KENNEDY, The Mercian Regiment, Rifleman, Helmand Province, June 2009

Private Kennedy was involved in his company's deliberate operation to clear an area of Garmsir. His multiple suddenly came under ferocious small arms fire, a fellow soldier, was caught in the first burst and dropped to the floor shot through the legs. Kennedy immediately crawled to the injured man and administered first aid. Taking control of the rest of the section, he directed their fire and ensured that they were engaging the enemy positions. This suppressed the enemy, allowed the casualty to be extracted and the rest of the multiple to move into cover. This is all the more impressive from a private soldier with six months experience in the Army. Kennedy acted with a level of leadership and situational awareness far above that expected of a private soldier, demonstrating selfless bravery and a cool head under fire.

Corporal Paul Edward MATHER, Army Air Corps, Company Forward Air Controller, Helmand Province, June 2009

Corporal Mather was a member of a joint ISAF/ANA patrol when a number of IEDs were discovered. The platoon went to ground but very shortly afterwards but they came under attack from grenades, that caused several fragmentation casualties, including Corporal Mather, who was the most seriously wounded. Realising that the situation was desperate and despite heavy bleeding and considerable pain, Corporal Mather crawled into cover and immediately began to request air support. He refused to relinquish his radio until he was placed aboard the helicopter. Badly wounded, he showed complete disregard for his own safety and well-being. He focused solely on delivering the accurate fire support needed to extract his comrades from danger, acts of the utmost professionalism and selflessness, in close contact with the enemy. For his actions, Corporal Mather is awarded the Military Cross.

Lieutenant Alexander John PHILLIPS, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Rifle Platoon Commander, Helmand Province, April - August 2009

Lieutenant Phillips has conducted nine aviation assaults since arrival in theatre. Throughout, Phillips' leadership has been exemplary. For example, his company conducted an aviation assault into the area of Yakchal to disrupt an insurgent grouping. With the break-in Platoon fixed dealing with an Improvised Explosive Device (lED), Phillips without any prompting, instinctively led one of his sections under fire to launch an assault on the compound. He gave the order to fix bayonets and led the assault through the gate, the aggressiveness and speed of Phillips' counterattack forced the insurgents to flee. He led his men fearlessly and with conviction in the face of a very real danger and he led, as ever, from the front.

Corporal Christopher Sean REYNOLDS, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Sniper Commander, Babaji District, Helmand Province, April - September 2009

Corporal Reynolds has repeatedly demonstrated extreme bravery and outstanding technical ability as a Sniper Commander during offensive operations in Southern Afghanistan. On one occasion, Reynolds exposed himself in order to personally observe the insurgent firing point, realising the imminent danger that the enemy posed, Reynolds engaged with his sniper rifle until he ran out of ammunition, he then grabbed an SA8O, stood up in the face of considerable enemy fire and continued to suppress the enemy. He then picked up a Light Machine Gun and again, fully exposed to the enemy fire, engaged from the rooftop. Throughout the tour, Reynolds has shown extraordinary bravery, whilst understanding the risks to which he was exposed.

Corporal Craig Richard SHARP, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Section Commander, Helmand Province, August 2009

Corporal Sharp was the lead section commander, responsible for providing flank protection for the lED disposal team who were clearing a route for the Jackal reconnaissance vehicles. As Sharp's team began climbing over compound walls into the main street of the village, the enemy opened fire with machine guns and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). The nature of the terrain was such that the rest of the BRF were unable to provide much fire support, which resulted in Sharp having to lead his section through what became a desperate 12 hour struggle for the village. Sharp, cajoling and encouraging his section, personally moving back and forth to carry out ammunition re-supplies and water replenishments. He called for a mortar mission less than 80 metres from his position, successfully destroying several of the enemy.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Nicholas THOMPSON, The Rifles, Company Serjeant Major, Upper Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, April - October 2009

Warrant Officer Class Two Thompson's personal courage has been an inspiration to every man in his Company every single day of a long and gruelling six months. Thompson has been a leader of utter selflessness and an extraordinary example in the highest traditions of the British Army. His actions as Serjeant Major of a Company which has endured such terrible casualties and been in the forefront of the most challenging of operations for a relentless six months, has been inspirational.

Lance Sergeant Matthew Philip TURRALL, The Irish Guards, Team Commander within the Laskah Gah Operations Company, Lashkar Gah Helmand Province, May 2009

Lance Sergeant Turrall is a Section Commander within IX Company, which was responsible for an area around Lashkar Gah. Turrall's Section was at the forefront of activities, facing life threatening danger over a prolonged period, tasked to guard a new Patrol Base. The insurgents launched a major attack against it and a civilian car had been caught up in what was by now a very fierce and intense fire fight between the ISAF soldiers in the Patrol Base and the insurgents to the North. Within the car were a father and his three children, and showing outstanding initiative, Turrall ran out, in full view of the enemy and with no thought for himself, he shepherded them to safety. His act that day was a physical embodiment of our mission to improve the lives of the Afghan people.

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Flight Lieutenant Marc Alan HEAL, Royal Air Force, Chinook Pilot, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, July 2009

In July 2009 Flight Lieutenant Heal was the Captain of the Chinook Immediate Response Team (IRT) aircraft during Operation PANCHAI PALANG (PP), based at Camp Bastion. Flight Lieutenant Heal commanded eight IRT missions and throughout this most intense operational period, with the associated high casualty rate, his superior flying skills, inspirational command of his crew and calmness under fire set an outstanding example of gallantry and professionalism. For his actions, Flight Lieutenant Heal is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

George Medal (GM)

Rifleman Paul Raymond JACOBS, The Rifles, Rifleman, Upper Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Whilst on patrol with his Vallon mine detector, Rifleman Jacobs was leading his patrol up one of the most heavily IEDd stretches of road in the whole of Afghanistan. An alleyway had been isolated to deny the enemy the opportunity to attack by command wire and a member of his Company was clearing south down the alley-way when there was an enormous explosion resulting in the soldier being fatally wounded. Rifleman Jacobs, all alone less a single cover man, immediately set about clearing up to and around the body. As he did so, he confirmed that a secondary device was lying on the surface. As he moved back up the alleyway towards his cover man who had now come forward, another device suddenly exploded, killing his comrade. Rifleman Jacobs was seriously wounded, suffering severe fragmentation damage to his eyes but bleeding heavily from multiple wounds, he had the presence of mind and experience to drag himself back onto the safe route he had just cleared and into a position where his extraction would be safer to others. His sheer personal courage and startling determination, unswerving courage, selflessness, devotion to duty and dedication to his comrades was faultless. For his action Rifleman Jacobs is awarded The George Medal.

Captain Daniel Marc SHEPHERD (Killed in action), The Royal Logistic Corps, High Threat IEDD Operator, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, June 2009

In June 2009 Captain Shepherd and his team were deployed to provide close support to the Regional Battle Group (South) in Helmand. Following an aviation assault with A Company his Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Team were tasked to conduct an Improvised Explosive Device (lED) clearance of a known drugs bazaar and insurgent high threat area. Captain Shepherd led his team through a continuous explosive ordnance disposal operation in which he personally, and at huge self-risk, rendered safe, exploited and disposed of 13 separate lEDs. Operating without the benefit of a remote controlled vehicle, a protective EOD suit or specialist Electronic Counter Measure equipment, Captain Shepherd relied on his technical expertise and completed over 20 manual approaches and countless fingertip searches to deal with 13 victim operated devices in 36 hours of unbroken activity. During this time he was under sporadic enemy fire and used only manual clearance means. He was an inspiration to his team; his personal actions directly and demonstrably saved the lives of innumerable Afghans, Coalition and British forces before he made the ultimate sacrifice. For his actions that day, Captain Shepherd is posthumously awarded the George Medal.

Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Warrant Officer Class 2 Peter John BURNEY, The Rifles, Company Serjeant Major, A Company, 2 Rifles, Sangin, Helmand Province, August 2009

During an operation in Sangin during August 2009, Company Serjeant Major Burney moved with the lead section to mark the start point of an operation to conduct a deliberate clearance of an area full of lethal devices. As the section moved forward, an explosion ripped through the very middle of the patrol seriously injuring the Section Commander. Warrant Officer 2 Burney immediately took command, issuing orders and organising protection. Burney confronted the most extreme physical and psychological pressure; his decisive actions prevented further loss of life. His steadiness and steely determination in the face of the most horrific attack was inspiring and his personal courage exemplary. For his actions Warrant Officer 2 Burney is awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal.

Captain Wayne Edward James OWERS, The Royal Logistic Corps, High Threat IEDD Operator, Helmand Province, March - August 2009

Captain Owers operated with every Battlegroup and the Brigade Reconnaissance Force during a phenomenally intense period. He has rendered safe and exploited 93 lEDs; the greatest quantity ever dealt with in a single operational tour by a British Operator. Such courage and resolute determination to complete tasks irrespective of the risk to his life has been inspirational and served to instil real confidence in commanders and subordinates alike, enabling countless missions to succeed and has directly saved innumerable lives.

Corporal Carl Peter THOMAS, The Rifles, Combat Medical Technician, Helmand Province, June - July 2009

On one occasion in the Summer of 2009, a huge explosion ripped through the platoon with which Corporal Thomas was serving. Corporal Thomas commenced triage of casualties as the enemy opened fire. Whilst evacuating the casualty, there was a second even bigger explosion 70 metres behind him. Corporal Thomas immediately ran straight back and did not leave until all casualties had been recovered. Corporal Thomas's extraordinary and repeated actions whilst under small arms fire and lED attack are utterly in keeping with the highest standards of the British Army. For his actions Corporal Thomas is awarded The Queens Gallantry Medal.

Lance Corporal David James TIMMINS, The Royal Logistic Corps, High Threat IEDD Infantry Escort, Sangin, Helmand Province, June 2009

In June 2009, Lance Corporal Timmins, along with a Royal Engineers Search Team, was tasked to provide support to 2 Rifles Battle Group during an operation to clear Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Fully aware of the risks, the teams started to clear the road, and detected a victim operated lED (VOIED), the team pulled back to prepare for the disposal action. Whilst clearing a safe area, a second VOIED was initiated by a team member resulting in his traumatic injuries, Corporal Timmins assessed the situation and worked fast but highly effectively, remaining cool and calm. Throughout his deployment, Corporal Timmins's incredible commitment was pivotal to the sustainment of the enduring fighting spirit of the Joint Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. His actions and selfless sacrifice are in the very finest traditions of the Service. For his service, Lance Corporal Thomas is awarded the The Queens Gallantry Medal.


Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier Thomas Anthony BECKETT, late The Parachute Regiment, Commander British Forces, Basrah - Iraq, November 2008 - May 2009

Between November 2008 and May 2009, Brigadier Becket was in Command of British forces in Basra. Brigadier Beckett performed superbly in Iraq at a time of rapid change. He ensured his UK training teams had absolutely the right mix of personnel to progress development of 14 Iraqi Div, the police, reconstruction and civil-capacity building. Throughout a most demanding period Beckett has led from the front and has been involved in the detailed preparation and smart delivery of the early, but key, stages of the withdrawal from Iraq by British Forces. He has shown inspirational leadership during an uncertain, unfamiliar and hugely testing period. In recognition of his efforts, Brigadier Beckett is appointed as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Commander James Robert DEAN, Royal Navy, SO1 J5 Plans, HQ JFLogC, Op TELIC

Commander Dean was employed in the Joint Force Logistic Component, appointed to the task in acting rank at only two days notice. He was instrumental in the successful achievement of the UK's Strategic End-state throughout an unprecedented period of drawdown activity. Dean maintained the necessarily demanding tempo of very high quality operational staff work vital in the maintenance of such a prodigious, high quality output over a sustained period on operations.

Colonel Andrew DENNIS, late The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Chief of Staff FSEC, MNF-I, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2008 - June 2009

Colonel Dennis has completed a magnificent tour in fulfilling the pursuit of opportunities for reconciliation between the Government of Iraq (Gol) and Shia and Sunni insurgents both inside Iraq and throughout the Region, a pivotal role in enabling successful strategic engagement. Throughout, he has provided a magnificent example of intelligent, focused leadership, a rare ability to think laterally and dogged determination to succeed, despite the obstacles.

Major Simon Peter HAMILTON, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Chief of Staff Force Support/Deputy Chief of Staff, Basra, Iraq, October 2008 - May 2009

On arrival in Basra, Acting Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton realised that the in-place scheme for drawdown, by reducing notice to move, would not suffice. Working closely with the Chief of Staff he established the minimum level of combat equipment required successfully to complete the extraction from Iraq. He had the intellect to spot and capitalise on opportunities while minimising risks; all of which demanded boundless energy. The extraction from Iraq in good order, saving Defence millions of pounds and making equipment available for operations in Afghanistan, would not have been achieved so well without his efforts. 

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