Friday, May 20, 2011


Bomb disposal specialist wins hero award

A History and Honour news article

19 May 11

An Army bomb disposal specialist who defused the greatest number of improvised explosive devices in one day during Op HERRICK 13 in Afghanistan has won the Forces Hero category of a Scottish newspaper's 'Our Heroes' awards.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin

Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin with his 'Our Heroes' Award
[Picture: Phil Dye, Daily Record 2011]

Royal Logistic Corps Ammunition Technical Warrant Officer Class 2 Iain Martin defused 12 IEDs ranging in size from five to 15kg which were targeted at both vehicles and troops, while he was deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year.

His actions resulted in the greatest number of IEDs to have been found and removed on any search on Operation HERRICK 13 during the Counter-IED team's high-risk clearance operation in the Gereshk area of Helmand province.

The IEDs were all pressure-plate initiated and located within 300 metres of each other on a route known as the Bandi Barq road.

At the Scottish Daily Record newspaper's prestigious 'Our Heroes' awards ceremony, WO2 Martin, from Edinburgh, said:

"I don't do anything unless I am backed up with a team. This award goes to them too."...

More here.

Congratulations Sir! Thank you for your service.

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