The RAF Regiment have taken some stick on ARRSE but this man impresses greatly. Bravo! (From MOD website) "An officer from the RAF Regiment, Flight Lieutenant Matthew Carter, who played a vital role in destroying Taliban positions as a forward air controller in Afghanistan, has received his Military Cross from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace following his "selfless bravery". Flt Lt Carter was a Tactical Air Control Party officer within 3 PARA operating in southern Afghanistan in 2006. As such he regularly directed close and accurate attack helicopter fire with devastating results, neutralising the enemy with ruthless precision. In one firefight he left the protection of his vehicle and forced his way to the front line without regard for his personal safety. In another attack, the fire he directed from the air was on a Taliban target only 30 metres from his position. But the risk was essential given the ferocious weight of fire coming in, which would otherwise have resulted in significant casualties. In a further incident he was part of a force being dropped off by helicopter at night to capture a high-value Taliban leader, but the Chinook pilot had to take off after just 20 seconds with Flt Lt Carter still onboard due to sudden incoming fire. Without regard for himself Flt Lt Carter jumped out of the Chinook from 15 ft (4Â½ metres), landed in a ditch and instantly began directing fire onto Taliban positions. He gallantly and repeatedly risked his life during all contacts with the enemy".