Homecoming For York Soliders
6:47am 26th June 2014
The Squadron’s Signallers who are based in Imphal Barracks in Fulford are part of 21 Signal Regiment whose headquarters is in Colerne in Wiltshire.
65 and soldiers, including three Army Reserves from 39 Signal Regiment based in Bristol, were charged with delivering mission critical communications from the strategic level to the frontline throughout Afghanistan.
The Squadron not only delivered and maintained the already in-place communications infrastructure but also delivered communications to new locations and significantly improved communications supporting the Afghan National Army Officer Academy.
The Squadron was also heavily involved in the logistic efforts of drawing down the military footprint across Helmand.
The service, attended by senior military officers and the Signallers’ families, will be led by The Reverend Canon Peter Moger, Canon in Residence for York Minster assisted by the Reverend Jason Clarke, Padre for 2 Signal Regiment. It will include the “Last Post” being played by a bugler from the Royal Signals Band.
Following the service the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies will present the soldiers with their Operational Service medals.
Major Stephen Bennett, Officer Commanding 214 Signal Squadron, who will be leading the parade said:
“Personnel from 214 Signal Squadron have spent the last seven and a half months deployed throughout Afghanistan supporting British forces through the provision of robust communications networks and services."
“Our service in York Minster is an event that all of the officers and soldiers are greatly looking forward to. It will mark our homecoming in a public way in front of the people that we serve, but also in a more private way as families and friends join us to celebrate our return. It is a special day for everyone involved with its themes of thanksgiving for a safe return and recognition and celebration of the Squadron’s effective contribution to operations in support of the Afghan government to build a better and more secure future for Afghanistan and its people”
214 Signal Squadron was transferred to 21st Signal Regiment for operations in Afghanistan. Following this successful tour on Op HERRICK 19, the Squadron is transferring back to 2 Signal Regiment, also based in York which returned from operations in Afghanistan last year. The transfer is part of the Army 2020 restructuring programme.
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