Army dog handlers receive their Afghanistan medals07 April 2011
Colonel Neil Smith inspects the parade and presents the campaign medals to soldiers from 104 Military working Dog Squadron.
Soldiers from 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment (Royal Army Veterinary Corps) were honoured in front of proud families and friends on Wednesday, 6th April when they received their richly deserved Op HERRICK campaign medals at St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham.
The family of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker who was tragically killed in Afghanistan were presented with his medal alongside his Squadron colleagues. Lance Corporal Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which Lance Corporal Tasker was struck and died from the injuries he sustained. Sadly, on returning to Camp Bastion, Theo suffered a seizure and died.
The Squadron and four RAF Police Dog Handlers deployed to Afghanistan in the support of 16 Air Assault Brigade in Afghanistan. Together with their military working dogs the Squadron’s role was to provide protection and search capabilities as well as helping to clear routes, buildings and vehicles.
The highly trained dogs and their handlers carried out tasks that included patrolling the bases where fellow British soldiers are based, searching vehicles at check points and going out on patrols on the front line to search for weapons, ammunitions and explosives....
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Liam and Theo: