Prince Visits Region's Troops

Soldiers who operated the Apache attack helicopter in Afghanistan have been praised for their outstanding performance by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles, who is Colonel in Chief, Army Air Corps, presented Operational Service Medals to soldiers from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC) who have recently returned from Helmand Province.

The Regiment was on parade at Wattisham Flying Station on Wednesday as some 35 soldiers, including both aircrew and ground crew, who had completed their first tour, received their campaign medals.

Addressing the troops Prince Charles said: "The Army Air Corps’ outstanding performance has drawn amazing admiration from those you support. I know all that you do is very much part of a team effort, everyone plays their part and I can only offer my thanks." Prince Charles concluded by thanking all the families for their support and understanding.

Prince Charles also presented a Meritorious Service Medal to Warrant Officer Class 1 Leadbetter and Long Service & Good Conduct Medals to Staff Sergeants’ Hughes, Clifford and Poole.

Soldiers from 4 Regt AAC flew and maintained the Apache in Afghanistan from May 2010 to January 2011, with the Regiment’s 654 and 664 Squadrons each completing a four month tour. From October 2010 to the end of their tour, 4 Regt AAC flew in support of units from 16 Air Assault Brigade, which the Regiment belongs to and was deployed on Op HERRICK 13.