Three cited in military honours

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THE bravery of a Wattisham-based soldier has been recognised in the latest honours and awards announced today.

Major Mike Neville, 38, lead attacks on Lybia from the aircraft carrier HMS Oceon, flying his Apache under fire.

He is to receive a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service along with two others from Wattisham. Captain Neil Sierens, who has now left the Army, receives the Distinguished Flying Cross and Warrant Officer Class 1 Jonathan Lane is Mentioned in Dispatches.

Major Neville was the officer commanding 656 squadron of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps which were tasked to fly strike missions over Lybia.

Major Neville commanded aircrews on 22 missions in which Apaches hit 100 targets.

On two sorties, he came under enemy fire.

His citation states: “It is his outstanding bravery in command while understanding the risk he takes on every mission that make him a remarkable officer and worthy of recognition.”

Major Neville said: “I’m immensely proud to receive this honour. The air and ground crews under my command faced unprecedented professional demands but achieved all that was asked of them.”

WO Lane was the front seat Apache commander beginnng an attack run who was engaged by a surface to air missile and managed to use flares to decoy the missile and return fire.