Soldiers awarded jubilee medals

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SOLDIERS who fly and maintain Apache attack helicopters based at Wattisham have been presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal on their return from operations in Afghanistan.

Troops from the 654 squadron, 4 regiment Army Air Corps returned from a four month tour of Helmand Provionce on May 31. The regiment paraded to wlecome the 150 troops home and to mark the Queen’s jubilee.

Major Mark Ackrill, Officer Commanding 654 Sqn, said: “It is an honour for the squadron to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal as we celebrate our safe return from operational service. The medal recognises the service of the military to Queen and country, as well as that of the Queen for the country.”