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South Cerney Soldiers To Receive Awards
South Cerney Soldiers who served in Afghanistan making sure that all the Christmas letters and parcels reached their correct destinations are being presented with their Operation Herrick medals at a parade on Thursday 9 June.
Members of 88 Postal Squadron, 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (29 Regt RLC), spent seven months from October 2010 to April 2011 supporting soldiers across the whole British Area of Operations in Helmand Province. The ‘Posties’ were based everywhere, from the massive Camp Bastion to the smallest of the Forward Operating Bases right on the front line, sorting, handling and delivering the morale-boosting mail. During the hectic Christmas period they dealt with over 30,000 bags of letters and parcels.
The parade will also mark the last day 88 Postal Squadron exists as a single unit – it will be amalgamated into other Squadrons to form multi-role units dealing not just with mail but also with the vital role of moving soldiers to various theatres of operations.
The Officer Commanding 88 Postal Squadron, Major Ed Lewis, said, “The time away from families and loved ones is always hard and we are very pleased to be back. It has been a particularly busy tour especially over the Christmas period and the soldiers should be commended for all of their hard work. We are now looking forward to some well-deserved Post Operational Tour Leave after retiring the Squadron in style with a good party – the members of the Squadron are determined to have one last bash all together.”
: 31/05/2011 10:24:01
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