22 Field Hospital in Aldershot

Medals for Medics

Members of 22 Field Hospital who served in Afghanistan, were presented with their service medals by the Countess of Wessex in Aldershot.

Duke of Gloucester presents medals

Medals for proud Army medics

The Duke of Gloucester was in Aldershot today to hand out operational service medals to 4 Medical Regiment.

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Tributes paid to Lance Corporal Brynin

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Purves, Royal Signals, Commanding Officer 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), said:

“Bright and engaging, Lance Corporal Brynin was immensely popular and an outstanding soldier in every respect. Having already completed one tour to Afghanistan, his appointment to support the Brigade Reconnaissance Force was indicative of his talent and leadership qualities.

He was fit, determined and genuinely wanted to make a difference. His selection for promotion to full Corporal earlier this year highlighted his flair for his chosen profession.

“Full of energy and an avid fan of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, he was also involved in every aspect of Regimental life.

Always seeking excellence, he aspired to attend pre-parachute selection on his return fromAfghanistan; his quality was such that I am confident he would have passed with flying colours.

Soldier died protecting civilians and comrades

In a statement just released, the MOD says he died during an operation in the early hours of 15 October, when the BRF deployed from Camp Bastion into the Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province.

They were deployed to counter an imminent threat to both the Afghan population and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Towards the end of the operation Lance Corporal Brynin’s section became the target of enemy fire.

Together with a sniper and machine gunner of the BRF, Lance Corporal Brynin returned fire, but while extracting from the area he received a fatal gunshot wound.

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Soldier killed in Afghanistan from Sussex

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Lance Corporal James Brynin of the Intelligence Corps, who was killed in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, 15 October 2013, came from Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.

Lance Corporal Brynin, was attached to 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), and was deployed to Task Force Helmand in August 2013 as an intelligence analyst. He was working for a Light Electronic Warfare Team (LEWT) within the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) of 7th Armoured Brigade.

British Forces parcel warning

The British Forces Post Office service deliver parcels to Afghanistan Credit: Crown copyright 2013

The Armed Forces are urging the public to support the British Forces Post Office by using Service charities to deliver their mail.

In the 100 day run-up to Christmas, the British Forces Post Office receives a high volume of parcels to be sent to operational zones.

The BFPO receive a high volume of gifts to be sent on to operational zones Credit: Crown copyright 2013

The overload of parcels are sent to personnel in Afghanistan as well as other countries and Royal Navy ships.

Operational machinery delivering gifts and mail to those in Afghanistan Credit: Crown copyright 2013
Staff from the armed forces working to move parcels Credit: Crown copyright 2013

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Afghan teen wins appeal

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Campaigners are celebrating the news that a teenager from Kent who was due to be deported to Afghanistan, is to be allowed to remain in the UK. Najibullah Hashimi, who's 19, had been fostered by a family in Faversham.

They say they've had support from thousands of people who signed a petition to keep Najib here, and that the tribunal recognised the impact on the family that deportation would have.

Najib told Meridian he'd dreaded being sent back to Afghanistan where his father and brother were killed by the Taliban. From Faversham, David Johns reports, speaking to Najib, his stepfather Steven Griffiths, and campaigner Mick Nokes.

Kent teenager wins appeal to stay in the country

19-year-old Najibullah Hashimi Credit: ITV Meridian

A teenager from Faversham, who fled Afghanistan when his father and brother were killed, has won his appeal to stay in the country. More than 2,000 people signed an online petition, when Najibullah Hashimi was told he had to go back when his visa ran out.

The nineteen-year-old's case was heard in London last week.

Pegasus the dog home from Afghanistan

Video. A family have gone to extreme lengths to bring home a stray dog their son befriend while in Afghanistan. Private Lewis, who was killed whilst on patrol, had Pegasus the dog as his constant companion. His family have now taken great solace in giving Peg a new home.

Now an artist from Oxfordshire has painted the remarkable little dog's portrait, which is hoping to raise money for charity. Heather Edwards spoke to Tony Lewis, Private Lewis' father and Shirley Cherry who painted the portrait of Peg.

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