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Apache Officer wins Queen's Commendation

Major Mike Neville Credit: Ministry of Defence

A Suffolk based Army officer is to receive a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his leadership and bravery.

Major Mike Neville, who is 38, was the Officer Commanding 656 Squadron, of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps. He commanded Apache attack helicopter missions over Libya.

Despite the risks Major Neville encouraged his aircrews to attack a well-equipped enemy armed with 20,000 surface-to-air missiles.

The Ministry of Defence says the threat to him and his Wattisham based crew was unprecedented. Senior officers say his actions set the standard throughout the tour.