Afghanistan medals for returning Yorkshire heros
12:01am 25th November 2011
Soldiers from 214 Signal Squadron, 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support) have returned to York after a six month operational tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The 300 officers and soldiers were supporting 3 Commando Brigade and subsequently 20 Armoured Brigade by delivering mission critical communications to the frontline. They installed equipment that allowed tactical commanders to not only direct their troops but also target insurgents and support helicopter operations including casualty evacuation.
Lieutenant Colonel Graham Addley, Commanding Officer 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support) said he was extremely impressed with the expertise and enthusiasm shown by all his soldiers throughout the tour:
"After a very busy year of preparation and training, the officers and soldiers of the Regiment have excelled in Afghanistan and I am extremely proud of them. Our key role was to manage and continuously improve communications and computer networks that we provided to the Brigade and across Helmand and Kabul.
"This required soldiers to move around in very austere conditions, and in extreme temperatures for most of the tour. They conducted themselves with the utmost professionalism and deserve the hard earned praise they received from the senior commanders they supported. It is clear they made a real difference."
The Regiment will receive their operational service medals at York Minster on Friday 25th November 2011. They will be presented with their medals by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York, Councillor David Horton.
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