A member of the Commando Helicopter Force receives his Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan from His Royal Highness Prince Charles at Clarence House in London
[Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Nicky Wilson, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]
19 Dec 11
122 members of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) marched through London to Clarence House last week to receive their Afghanistan Campaign Medals.
Tourists and well-wishers lined the Mall and the gates of Buckingham Palace to cheer the 'Junglies', as members of the CHF are known, along their way. On arrival at Clarence House, the servicemen women were each presented with Afghanistan Operational Service Medals by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Lieutenant Jonathan Crawford, a Mobile Air Operations Team leader, explained:
"Today has been a fantastic occasion. Marching down the Mall in front of cheering and appreciative crowds was a wonderful feeling, and to be then presented with my Operational medal by Prince Charles in the garden of Clarence House, with my partner looking on, was an extremely proud moment; something I will remember forever.
"Prince Charles was really interested in my experiences in [Afghanistan], and I told him that, as part of a CHF unit, I lead a small four-man team that is part of a ground troop which selects helicopter landing sites and coordinates the extraction of ground troops by helicopter."
Chief Petty Officer Colin Harvey, an aircraft engineer on 845 Naval Air Squadron, was also asked about his experience in Afghanistan:
"Being in charge of a large number of sailors is quite a responsibility. But we all feel a great sense of pride and achievement knowing that our efforts were keeping the aircraft serviceable 24-7," he said....
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Thank you for your service, Junglies!