Operational Honours List

#1
My congratulations to all those honoured in the recent list, I am sure they all are highly deserving.

Am I alone to notice that none of our brethren are included? Whilst I appreciate most are generated from courage shown in the face of danger, as we are in a COIN operation surely those who prevent insurgent activity from occurring should be recognised?

I am aware of the excellent and ground breaking work that was conducted on H 11 by members of the int community (not just green hats) and I thought one or two names might appear.

I am sure some will see this as a whine, but I am attempting to raise an interesting point.
 
#3
With the greatest of respect, I do think you are whining over nothing. A good few QCVS have been awarded to deserving Corps' bods over the last few years. Likewise the odd OBE and MBE here and there - although these are usually the realm of the old boys network, a few notable exceptions exist and rightly so. To expect VCs, GCs, MMs and the like is asking a bit much, given the competition. There are many, many names put into the hat for these type of honour and save for a few 'right place, right time, right RO' examples, they are doled out to the most deserving.
 
#4
I am not expecting the gallantry medals to be awarded inappropriately, but the last time we were doing COIN properly (OP BANNER) then be balance was very different.

I think this is a reflection of the emphasis that we still are placing on kinetic operations when all the strategy is passed on influence.
 
#6
There were 3 commendations awarded for H11 to our Coprs personnel. Surely that sort of recognition is cognisant with our type of work in theatre.
 
#7
#8
Am I being even more cynical than normal or is anyone else not surprised that every single recipient of DSO's, OBE's & MBE's on the list is, yet again, an officer. Maybe its something that they need if they want to progress up to the dizzy heights. Or, as someone has already mentioned, its the old boys network looking after their friends and proteges again?

Okay, Rant over.....
 
#9
Am I being even more cynical than normal or is anyone else not surprised that every single recipient of DSO's, OBE's & MBE's on the list is, yet again, an officer. Maybe its something that they need if they want to progress up to the dizzy heights. Or, as someone has already mentioned, its the old boys network looking after their friends and proteges again?

Okay, Rant over.....
The DSO and OBE are normally only to officers so until the powers that be change it we are stuck with only officers getting them, however the MBE is open to all ranks. I think it has already been mentioned that to go places a nice operational award is almost a pre requisite for bigger and better things, that however is not to say that they didn't earn them. In fact well done to all of them, and to those who should have got something but didn't . Thats war!
 
#10
Am I being even more cynical than normal or is anyone else not surprised that every single recipient of DSO's, OBE's & MBE's on the list is, yet again, an officer. Maybe its something that they need if they want to progress up to the dizzy heights. Or, as someone has already mentioned, its the old boys network looking after their friends and proteges again?

Okay, Rant over.....
You'll find this topic is one that another of our brethren has adopted as his raison d'etre in Soldier Magazine. Both you and he have a point though.

The DSO and OBE are normally only to officers so until the powers that be change it we are stuck with only officers getting them, however the MBE is open to all ranks. I think it has already been mentioned that to go places a nice operational award is almost a pre requisite for bigger and better things, that however is not to say that they didn't earn them. In fact well done to all of them, and to those who should have got something but didn't . Thats war!
I think you'll find the OBE is open to non-officers. GSM London District got one not so long ago. The DSO, however, seems to be dolled out for no reason other than for a CO commanding his Bn on Ops. Inf cpls don't get gongs for commanding their sects, so why should a lt col get one for commanding his unit?
 
#12
The DSO and OBE are normally only to officers so until the powers that be change it we are stuck with only officers getting them, however the MBE is open to all ranks. I think it has already been mentioned that to go places a nice operational award is almost a pre requisite for bigger and better things, that however is not to say that they didn't earn them. In fact well done to all of them, and to those who should have got something but didn't . Thats war!
Just to be clear before anything gets out of hand, I'm not begrudging anyone anything - especially as I've not read any of the citations. But it is good to see that I'm not the only one to wonder why it is that certain awards; OBE, MBE, DSO seem to be the exclusive preserve of officers.

Op_Int_and_Spy, I read the articles in Soldier Magazine that you've referred to and the author had a valid point.
 
#13
ah, Soldier magazine. who amongst us does not enjoy reading the letters each month, wondering what the answer will be?

i don't know if there was an error on the website this month or what, but i found this particular answer more "Roger Irrelevant" than most:

Local Overseas Allowance

HAVING served for many years I have heard most of the arguments for and against Local Overseas Allowance (LOA).

However, if the Army Pay Review Body is looking to scrimp and save, I for one would be happier with a lower rate if it strengthened job security.

Why is it that if, for arguments sake, a “local” loaf of bread costs £3, an officer is given £15 a day to cover this purchase while I [a sergeant] only get £10 and a private soldier receives less still?

Surely if the LOA rate for privates and lance corporals was elevated to that paid to corporals and all ranks above were reduced to the same level, a significant amount of money could be saved. – Name and address supplied.

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Brig Mike Griffiths, DPS(A), responds: Your question is tied up with the complex calculations that produce the Local Overseas Allowance (LOA) rates.

While in Germany you will have received LOA; this includes within it an element that is known as car buy/sell. This is provided on the assumption that you will sell your car in one location and purchase another car at your next location as a result of your assignment.

It therefore compensates you for the “loss” you will make through these enforced sales.

The calculation also assumes that as it is the Army’s responsibility to move you between these two locations, you will do so using Service means, which in the case of Germany is via the air trooping service.

For personnel based in Germany the calculation for car buy/sell assumes that they will serve there for two-and-three-quarter years and therefore the monies to cover this loss are repaid over this period.

At your level this equates to a total of around £1,000.

If, as in your case, you chose not to sell your car and not to fly by the trooper it is considered that you have been adequately compensated already for the costs of driving to the UK through your LOA.
WTF?!??!

think the editor owes the brig an apology...
 
#14
Well, the DSO is not specifically for officers: "Since 1993, its award has been restricted solely for distinguished service (i.e. leadership and command by any rank), with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross being introduced as the second highest award for gallantry. It has, however, thus far only been awarded to senior officers as before." That said, the sort of thing it rewards tends to be the preserve of mid-ranking and senior officers, lowlife get MCs and CGCs.
 
#15
Operational Honours and Awards List: 24 September 2010


A total of 130 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards in the Operational Honours List dated today, 24 September 2010.

The full list, which recognises service on operations in Afghanistan and national operations for the period 1 October 2009 to 31 March 2010, and also includes one civilian, is below.

AFGHANISTAN

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Robert Downing FULLERTON, The Life Guards
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas John LOCK, The Royal Welsh

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Major Christopher David DAVIES, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Major Timothy John HARRIS, The Rifles
Major Patrick Simon REEHAL, The Royal Logistic Corps
Major Richard Giles STREATFEILD, The Rifles
Major Toby Patrick Oughtred TILL, Coldstream Guards

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Brigadier James Michael COWAN, OBE late The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Colonel Harry Arthur Blair HOLT, OBE late Irish Guards
Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Jan KITSON, The Rifles
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Roland Vincent WALKER, Grenadier Guards

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)

Sergeant Robert TURNER, Royal Marines
Captain Robin Edwin Geoffrey BOURNE–TAYLOR, The Life Guards
Corporal Lee BROWNSON, The Rifles, (Killed in action)
Lance Corporal Graham Stuart HORN, The Parachute Regiment
Lance Corporal James Lee McKIE, The Rifles
British and Afghan soldiers

Military Cross (MC)

Major Nigel John Powell SOMERVILLE, MBE Royal Marines
Sergeant Richard Edward WISEMAN, Royal Marines
Acting Colour Sergeant Paul Edward BAINES, Coldstream Guards
Acting Corporal Sarah Louise BUSHBYE, Royal Army Medical Corps
Lieutenant Douglas Anthony Keith DALZELL, Coldstream Guards, (Killed in action)
Lance Corporal Daniel John FLETCHER, Royal Army Medical Corps
Corporal Ricky Paul FURGUSSON, The Rifles
Sergeant Ashley Robert HILL, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Rifleman Harry LANCELEY, The Rifles, (discharged)
Lieutenant Colin William LUNN, The Yorkshire Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Angus Donald MACGILLIVRAY, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Lance Corporal Marc Anthony READER, Coldstream Guards
Corporal George Finau SALE, The Royal Welsh
Lieutenant Craig Angus SHEPHARD, Grenadier Guards
Sergeant Adam Charles SWIFT, Coldstream Guards
Lance Corporal Andrew WARDLE, The Yorkshire Regiment
Corporal David Thomas WILLIAMS, The Royal Welsh
Staff Sergeant Gareth David WOOD, The Royal Logistic Corps

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Flight Lieutenant Ian Anthony FORTUNE, Royal Air Force
Flight Lieutenant Andrew Michael NETHAWAY, Royal Air Force
Flight Lieutenant Timothy Richard POLLARD, Royal Air Force

George Medal (GM)

Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Karl John Fairfax LEY, The Royal Logistic Corps

Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Private Callum John BROTHERSTON, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Corporal John Alexander HARDMAN, The Yorkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Julie Elizabeth MAY, Royal Army Medical Corps
Corporal Robert Alan NEALEY, The Royal Logistic Corps
Rifleman Ross David ROBINSON, The Rifles, (since deceased)
Sergeant John Arthur SWITHENBANK, The Yorkshire Regiment
Rifleman Reece William Stevenson TERRY, The Rifles

Mention in Despatches (MiD)

Marine Tobias GUTTERIDGE, Royal Marines
Guardsman Emmanuel ATTUQUAYEFIO, Grenadier Guards
Lance Corporal Lee Colum BLAKE, The Parachute Regiment
Lance Corporal Nikotimo BOLATAGANE, The Yorkshire Regiment
Lance Corporal Daniel Colin James BRAMLEY, Grenadier Guards
Lieutenant Simon Mark BROOMFIELD, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Corporal Daryl Alan BRYANT, The Rifles
Guardsman Lewis Nigel COULBERT, Grenadier Guards
Colour Sergeant Christopher Stephen Mark DUNDON, The Royal Welsh
Captain Hugo James Edward FARMER, CGC, The Parachute Regiment
Sergeant Paul Maurice FOX, Corps of Royal Engineers, (Killed in action)
Lance Bombardier Craig FROGGETT, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Lance Sergeant David Marc Eric GREENHALGH, Grenadier Guards, (Killed in action)
Corporal Paul Michael GEORGE, The Royal Welsh
Lieutenant Stephen James HEALEY, The Royal Welsh
Sergeant Paul Andrew HOWARD, Royal Tank Regiment
Lieutenant Richard David HUTTON, Grenadier Guards
Warrant Officer Class 2 Patrick HYDE, The Rifles
Lance Corporal Alexander David John JONES, The Royal Welsh
Corporal Steven Wayne MARTIN, The Rifles
Staff Sergeant Brian McINTYRE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Captain Andrew Donald MICHAEL, The Rifles
Lance Sergeant Nathan Joseph OWEN, Coldstream Guards
Lance Sergeant William Edward PATES, Coldstream Guards
Acting Colour Sergeant Quintin Benjamin POLL, The Parachute Regiment
Lance Corporal David John RADBAND, The Parachute Regiment
Staff Sergeant Gareth Desmond REID, The Royal Logistic Corps
Acting Corporal Liam Matthew RILEY, The Yorkshire Regiment (Killed in action)
Major Stuart Roderick SMITH, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Corporal Daniel SPRUCE, The Royal Logistic Corps
Lance Corporal Alan Robert TAYLOR, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Corporal Robert James TORDOFF, Corps of Royal Engineers
Rifleman Mark TURNER, The Rifles (Killed in action)
Acting Sergeant Ryan James VICKERY, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Lance Sergeant Mathew James WALLIS, Coldstream Guards
Corporal Ryan Joseph WALTON, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
Lieutenant Charles Edward Rufus WINSTANLEY, The Rifles
Senior Aircraftman Johnathon Tony FREEMAN, Royal Air Force

Queen's Commendation for Bravery (QCB)

Corporal George BURGESS, Royal Marines
Colour Sergeant Mark Stuart KNOWLES, Royal Marines
Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew David GOODWIN, The Royal Logistic Corps
Lance Corporal Jamie HASTIE, The Yorkshire Regiment
Rifleman Peter Leslie Matthew MATTHEWS, The Rifles
Second Lieutenant Connor Neil Heriot MAXWELL, The Rifles
Rifleman Daniel Vincent NICKSON, The Rifles
Captain Daniel READ, The Royal Logistic Corps (Killed in action)
Rifleman Gareth Edward SUTHERLAND, The Rifles
Rifleman Aselemo Kokoidabuli VETANIBUA, The Rifles
Lance Sergeant David WALKER, Scots Guards (Killed in action)
Staff Sergeant Paul Thomas John WRIGHT, Corps of Royal Engineers

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA)

Flight Lieutenant Alexander Nicholas Riddell TOWNSEND, Royal Air Force

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class, Reverend James William AITCHISON, Royal Army Chaplains' Department
Major Ash Giles ALEXANDER–COOPER, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Timothy George BAZELEY, Corps of Royal Engineers
Lieutenant Daniel James BENSTEAD, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Acting Lieutenant Colonel James Maurice Hannan BOWDER, MBE Grenadier Guards
Major Oliver Charles Christopher BROWN, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Sergeant Frederick John GOODING, Corps of Royal Engineers
Acting Sergeant Pritabahadur GURUNG, The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment
Sergeant Nicholas HARRINGTON, The Parachute Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Alexander HEAD, MC The Rifles
Sapper Johnathan Robert HORNER, Corps of Royal Engineers
Second Lieutenant Philip Robert Anthony LENTHALL, The Royal Anglian Regiment
Surgeon Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Hart LEWIN, Royal Army Medical Corps
Captain Jonathan Paul NOLAN, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, Territorial Army
Captain David John POLLOCK, Royal Tank Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Michael ROE, The Yorkshire Regiment
Warrant Officer Class 2 Justin Terence Gordon SEARLE, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Major James Andrew SEDDON, Grenadier Guards
Major Graeme Crichton WEARMOUTH, The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Air Commodore Stuart David ATHA, DSO Royal Air Force
Squadron Leader Daniel Joseph ENDRUWEIT, Royal Air Force
Acting Group Captain Alan Kenneth GILLESPIE, Royal Air Force
Constable Amanda HENDERSON, Ministry of Defence Police

REST OF THE WORLD

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Captain Nigel Anthony JONES, Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Sergeant Philip John CARR, Scots Guards

Queen's Commendation for Bravery (QCB)

Corporal Calvin James COULTER, The Parachute Regiment
Lance Corporal Jamie Martyn TAYLOR, The Royal Logistic Corps

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Commodore Timothy Miles LOWE, Royal Navy
Corporal Andrew Steven BURROWS, Royal Corps of Signals
Corporal Marc David KEECH, Royal Corps of Signals
Warrant Officer Class 2 Peter Joseph LINDSAY, Army Air Corps

MISCELLANEOUS AWARDS

Air Force Cross (AFC)

Flight Sergeant Anthony Richard DAVEY, Royal Air Force

Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Petty Officer Aircrewman Dian Jonathan LACY, Royal Navy

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA)

Corporal Carl Michael BOOTH, Royal Air Force

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Lieutenant Gary McCALL, Royal Navy


Each award thoroughly deserved and many others who equally deserve recognition not on the list this time.
 

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