Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Welcome Home Highlanders!

Highlanders welcomed home from Afghanistan

A History and Honour news article

24 Oct 11

Over 100 Highlanders from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) received an emotional and rapturous welcome when they returned to their base this weekend from Afghanistan.

A Highlander from 4 SCOTS is welcomed home by his girlfriend

A Highlander from 4 SCOTS is welcomed home by his girlfriend
[Picture: Staff Sergeant Ian Houlding RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

They were the last members of the battalion to return from a gruelling six-and-a-half month tour in central Helmand where they supported 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines in preparing the Afghan National Army and Police to fully take over security operations in the country in 2015.

The men and women of 4 SCOTS, which recruits from across Scotland and around the UK, met their families and friends as they arrived at their barracks in Fallingbostel, Germany, after a long flight from Cyprus where they spent their decompression.

500 soldiers from 4 SCOTS deployed to Afghanistan in March as Combined Force Lashkar Gah and conducted operations in support of the Afghan Government across the largest district in Helmand, ranging from the dense Green Zone and farmland of Babaji, through to the deserts and smallholdings of Yakshal and the Arghandab River Valley.

C Squadron from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and B Company from 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment made up the remainder of the Combined Force....

Read the rest of this great story - my most favourite kind of story! - here.


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