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Hundreds cheer homecoming parade in Bury St Edmunds

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Hundreds lined the streets in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday to applaud troops returning home after a demanding six months in Afghanistan.

Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, more than 100 servicemen from II Squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Honington, marched from Angel Hill, through the town centre up to the Arc Shopping Centre.

A medal ceremony was then held outside the Apex.

Members of 2 Squadron have been manning towers around the perimeter as well as providing protection patrols around Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.

These duties have been vital in assisting with the continued safe withdrawal of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops and equipment from Afghanistan.

Squadron Leader Liam Mitchell said; “I am extremely proud to have commanded the officers, Royal Air Force Gunners and airmen of 2 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment throughout this tour of duty in Afghanistan.

“The Squadron had delivered outstanding results despite austere conditions and protracted separation from home, all in the face of a determined and dangerous enemy.

“I offer my heartfelt thanks to the families and loved ones of all II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment personnel for their unwavering support, their contribution to our operational output is extremely valuable.”

 

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