A soldier from Newton Aycliffe has been mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery.
Platoon Serjeant Tony Bramham, of 5th Battalion The Rifles, led his team in a counter attack while under enemy fire.
Serjeant Bramham charged 100 metres towards insurgents on November 10, last year in Babaji, in an area known as the Devil’s Doorstep.
Three soldiers had been killed in the area in the previous three months during 50 attacks with grenades and bombs.
The mention in Despatches is one of the oldest forms of recognition for gallantry within the UK Armed Forces.