THE PRINCE of Wales was in Wattisham on Wednesday to present medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.
His Royal Highness, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, presented 35 Afghanistan Operational Medals to soldiers in front of their families as well as three long service and good conduct medals.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Martyn Leadbetter was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
4 Regiment Army Air Corps operated in Afghanistan from May 2010 to January 2011 when 3 Regiment Army Air Corps took over responsibility.
After presenting the medals, the Prince gave a brief speech to the troops thanking them for their work and gave a special thank you to the families of the servicemen and women for their support.
He said: “It has been a great pleasure just to have these brief opportunities to be with you today and to mark your wonderful contribution.”
Speaking of the support given by the troop’s families he said: “I know how much you have to put up with. I remember when my youngest son had gone away, it was almost worse being left behind.”
The Prince of Wales then joined the soldiers and their families at a reception of tea and sandwiches.
WO1 Martyn Leadbetter said the ceremony was a very proud moment for him and for his regiment.
He said: “It means a great deal for the lads coming back from Afghanistan.
“It is great for them to get recognition for their efforts out there,
“It is good that the families can come and be part of the proceedings.
“Without the support of our families at home we could not do what we do.
“To get the medal today is a great feeling and a very proud moment for me and everyone here.”
The Prince was lead off at one point to have a private meeting with Prince Harry, who is learning to fly Apaches at Wattisham.