George Cross

#1
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
 

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#2
The Sunday Telegraph was speculating that SSgt Oz Schmid would get a posthumous GC. From what has been written about him it would seem richly deserved.
 
#3
buttonsin3s said:
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
The list will be published at 0900 tomorrow. There is a press facility today for some recipients.
 
#4
buttonsin3s said:
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
Speculation is that the second will also sadly be posthumous and go to Captain Dan Shepherd, another ATO.

Some comfort for their families but what a shame neither will ever know
 
#5
Roger_The_Cat said:
buttonsin3s said:
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
Speculation is that the second will also sadly be posthumous and go to Captain Dan Shepherd, another ATO.

Some comfort for their families but what a shame neither will ever know
So you should probably not add to that speculation...
 
#6
barbs said:
buttonsin3s said:
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
The list will be published at 0900 tomorrow. There is a press facility today for some recipients.
cheers barbs.
 
#7
On BBC news 24 now.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#9
Breaking News on Auntie - 2 ATO's awarded GCs. No other details.
 
#11
barbs said:
Roger_The_Cat said:
buttonsin3s said:
It has just been broadcast on Sky News that there is to be a presentation of 2 GCs'. This will be broadcast live on Sky News at 1430hrs. I am assuming that the full list of operational honours and awards for last summer will be published at the same time or at midnight.
Speculation is that the second will also sadly be posthumous and go to Captain Dan Shepherd, another ATO.

Some comfort for their families but what a shame neither will ever know
So you should probably not add to that speculation...
Seeing as I was wrong that's a lesson learned
 
#14
MOD Website said:
SSgt Hughes's actions are described in his citation as "the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan."

A particular incident on the 16 August 2009 is referred to when he was tasked to provide close support to the 2 RIFLES Battlegroup during an operation to clear a route, south west of Sangin.


"The UK has the most gallant and professional Armed Forces in the world but as George Cross recipients, Staff Sergeant Schmid and Staff Sergeant Hughes will always be part of an even more special group: those responsible for the most outstanding acts of bravery."
Bob Ainsworth


In preparation for the operation, some soldiers deployed early to secure an Emergency Helicopter Landing Site and isolate compounds to the south of the route as part of the inner cordon. During these moves a soldier was very seriously injured by an IED and as he was being recovered another IED exploded killing two personnel outright and resulting in four more very serious casualties, one of whom later died from his wounds.

The area was effectively an IED minefield, over-watched by the enemy and the section were stranded within it.

SSgt Hughes and his team were called in to extract the casualties and recover the bodies.

Without specialist protective clothing in order to save time, SSgt Hughes set about clearing a path to the injured, providing constant reassurance that help was on its way.

On reaching the first badly injured soldier he discovered a further IED within one metre of the casualty that, given their proximity, constituted a grave and immediate threat to the lives of all the casualties.

SSgt Hughes calmly carried out a manual neutralisation of the device; any error would have proved instantly fatal. This was a ‘Category A' action only conducted in one of two circumstances; a hostage scenario where explosives have been strapped to an innocent individual and a mass casualty event where not taking action is certain to result in further casualties. Both place the emphasis on saving other peoples' lives even, if necessary, at the expense of the operator. His citation states "It was an extraordinary act."

With shots keeping the enemy at bay, SSgt Hughes coolly turned his attention to reaching the remaining casualties and retrieving the dead. Clearing a path forward he discovered two further IEDs and, twice more, carried out manual neutralisation enabling all the casualties to be extracted and the bodies recovered.

After this the Royal Engineers Search Team (REST) detected a further four IEDs in the immediate area and stoically, like he had on over 80 other occasions in the precious five months, SSgt Hughes set about disposing of them too. His citation stated:

"Dealing with any form of IED is dangerous; to deal with seven IEDs linked in a single circuit, in a mass casualty scenario, using manual neutralisation techniques once, never mind three times, is the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan.

"That he did it without the security of specialist protective clothing serves even more to demonstrate his outstanding gallantry. Hughes is unequivocally deserving of the highest level of public recognition."
A very worthy award with a citation like that.
 
#15
Time was not on his side. He quickly assessed that the shell was in fact part of a live Radio Controlled IED intended to cause maximum casualties in a well populated area. The nature of the device also meant it was almost certainly over-watched by the bomber controlling it.

Without any consideration for his own safety SSgt Schmid immediately decided to neutralise the IED manually. To do this he knew he was employing a render safe procedure that should only ever be employed in the gravest of circumstances and which is conducted at the highest personal risk to the operator.

In an instant, SSgt Schmid made the most courageous decision possible, consciously placing his own life on the line in order to save the lives of countless Afghan civilians and demonstrating bravery of the highest order and well beyond the call of duty.
Nails.......
 
#16
Speechless. They must issue massive brass balls at the end of the HT course.
 
#19
Mrs B and I watched the announcement. We are both in awe of the bravery of these two men. Absolute total and utter respect for them and very honoured that we share the same planet.






As an aside, didn't Sir Jock shake one hand a lot longer than the other??
 
#20
I have had a look at the details behind why these two guys have been awarded the GC and have upmost respect for them and the entire Joint Force EOD Group. These guys and girls are top notch and have balls of steel to do the job they do.
 

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