News story: Defenders of Camp Bastion recognised in Operational Honours List

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Ministry of Defence said:
When 15 armed insurgents launched a night-time attack on Camp Bastion in September last year the RAF Regiment’s Sergeant Roy Geddes and Corporal Kurt Lee instantly went into action. Even though, at that stage, they had no idea what they would be facing, they didn’t hesitate as they drove through total darkness towards explosions and gunfire.
Sergeant Geddes, the resident field squadron Quick Reaction Force (QRF) commander, said:
It was utter chaos, we could see everything erupting, but we didn’t know what was happening, or what to expect. It was just a case of get into the vehicles and get going.
It was total darkness and the only thing that was illuminating the area was the burning aircraft and fuel. They’d totaled 5 Harriers and a fuel storage area.
At first I thought we were getting mortared. It was quite a challenge. I took an instant decision to get the lads in the vehicles with every weapon system we had.
Meanwhile it was a rude awakening for Corporal Lee who was in bed trying to get some much needed rest, having been on a strenuous detail of work for another flight attachment:
No one knew what was going on. It was just get a vehicle and get as many guys in it as I could find and get over to the airfield. I could hear Sergeant Geddes report on the radio. In situations like that, all you want to do is get over there and help.

Sergeant Roy Geddes, Royal Air Force Regiment, during his tour in Afghanistan [Picture: Sergeant Andy Reddy RLC, Crown copyright]By now the airfield had been closed down, giving the QRF complete freedom of movement. But because they had to make their way across the Americans’ flight line, they weren’t as familiar with the terrain as they would have liked, adding to the hazard of the journey.
As Sergeant Geddes and his unit closed in on the intruders, they came under unexpected and extremely accurate rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and machine gun fire as they made ready to locate the next enemy position.
One of the Jackal vehicles which Sergeant Geddes was in was hit by an RPG, wounding all of the crew including Sergeant Geddes, but he continued to rally his team and staunchly defend his position against withering fire before supporting forces were able to come to their assistance.
Ignoring a wounded knee Sergeant Geddes continued to command his men with purpose and effect, galvanising them against the onslaught, and continued to provide situation reports to the operations room in a calm and measured manner. Overall the team came under fire on 3 separate occasions.
Two protected fighting vehicles were now disabled and multiple casualties sustained. Initially pinned down, the QRF were only able to retake the initiative thanks to the actions of Corporal Lee’s section, who by then had raced onto the airfield to reinforce them.
The arrival of an attack helicopter providing air support brought a lull in enemy fire, enabling the reorganisation of reinforcements, the extraction of casualties and the rapid formulation of a plan to take on the enemy.
In the darkness, the first compound was cleared, with no insurgents being found, but a well-fortified bunker lay approximately 30 metres to the south and needed to be overrun as the only possible position where the insurgents could be laying in wait.
The assault force started to close in on this position, with Corporal Lee being one of the two lead men silently creeping forward unseen.

Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner Corporal Kurt Lee during his tour in Afghanistan [Picture: Crown copyright]When within touching distance, Corporal Lee discovered that what had been thought in the gloom to be the wall of the hardened bunker was in fact just a taut camouflaged net with the enemy directly on the other side.
As the enemy position threw out 2 grenades, Corporal Lee sustained minor fragmentation injuries, and ended up dazed, concussed and disorientated by the grenade blasts.
He quickly got up and fired fearlessly into the insurgent position, enabling the assault section to extract to cover. With his underslung grenade launcher, Corporal Lee achieved a direct hit on the bunker and continued to fire into the enemy position to clear it.
Sergeant Geddes has been awarded the Military Cross and Corporal Lee a Mention in Despatches.
Sergeant Geddes’ citation reads:
Geddes prevented his position from being overrun until the arrival of reinforcements, and ensured that the casualties were extracted to safety.
He provided invaluable situational awareness of enemy dispositions, and insisted on leading the assaulting troops to the enemy position, immediately finding himself back in the thick of the action, directing and guiding his men in pressing home the attack.
At first light, when the airfield had been secured, Geddes was extracted for medical attention, but only because he was ordered to.
Sergeant Geddes said:
When I was informed that I would be receiving the Military Cross I was stunned. To be recognised like this is amazing, although I have to say it’s as much for my team as it is for me.
This is a real honour for me; I’m so proud of my men and how they conducted themselves on that night. We showed just how effective and robust the Royal Air Force Regiment is.


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#2
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Sweet Lord, they'll be living off this battle for years. Every RAF Regt bloke you speak to will have been there.
 
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Davetheclown

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#3
I was the fourth man on the barrier, ffs. Another thing for the RAF to justify its existence, how many enemy aircraft have they shot down since the second world war? errr think its ONE.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
did it have a balcony then?

I'd have thought they would have got the forlorn hope badge for storming the breach
 
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Sergeant Geddes’ citation reads:

Geddes prevented his position from being overrun until the arrival of reinforcements, and ensured that the casualties were extracted to safety.
He provided invaluable situational awareness of enemy dispositions, and insisted on leading the assaulting troops to the enemy position, immediately finding himself back in the thick of the action, directing and guiding his men in pressing home the attack.

At first light, when the airfield had been secured, Geddes was extracted for medical attention - pausing only to shoot **** out of his body armour - but only because he was ordered to.
 
#8
Never mind "I was in the balcony" it'll be "I was second in the tent"!! Joking aside, well done to one and all. It takes bollocks and good leadership to head toward bangs, thumps and bad things are happening.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
I was the fourth man on the barrier, ffs. Another thing for the RAF to justify its existence, how many enemy aircraft have they shot down since the second world war? errr think its ONE.
now that's not fair the raf took out the entire fleet air arm the other year without loss of life.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#10
Never mind "I was in the balcony" it'll be "I was second in the tent"!! Joking aside, well done to one and all. It takes bollocks and good leadership to head toward bangs, thumps and bad things are happening.
so do I get a medal for going upstairs when she's looking for something obvious then?
 
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Davetheclown

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#11
lots of lads do this every day on Patrol, think the Oakleys and Volleyball court were under threat, short range desert group blue polyester wearing self promoting twats, one even got a medal for bruising his knee,
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#13
lots of lads do this every day on Patrol, think the Oakleys and Volleyball court were under threat, short range desert group blue polyester wearing self promoting twats, one even got a medal for bruising his knee,
it was a nasty bruise though, he had a limp and everything
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
I'm sure that a Knickerbocker Glory and a slice of Margharita later he was back to fighting-fitness and ready for that barrier.
what a guy - I bet his colleagues call him 'ace' behind his back.
 
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Davetheclown

Guest
#16
Right lads medical kit check,

British Army

Brufen
TubiGrip
Tourniquet
HemClot
Chest Seal
First Field Dressings
Laryngoscope
Battlefield Aspirator
Givens Set
Neck Brace
Morphine
etc......

SRDG

Two aspirin
Calpol
Suncream
Mr Men plasters
Savlon (in case you get a poorly knee)
Stick to bite on,
Lolly for being a good likkle solja there there
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#17
You have to love the RAF PR machine though.

You have a unit whose sole reason for being in theatre is to make sure that the airframes are kept safe on the ground, and the security of the base intact.

Once the fenceline is breached and the aircraft are burning they then go to sort out the mess that they were supposed to prevent, and no doubt get the citations in before the smoke from the burning hulks they were there to protect has had a chance to get blown away on the wind.
 
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Davetheclown

Guest
#18
Just watched a antique programme, there is a RAF antique shop, what do they do stock the shelves and leave it for a hundred years before they can sell it?
 
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