Operational Honors and Awards List honors members of the Armed Forces for distinguished service
The recipients have all shown courage and dedication during operations, from Operation Kibion in the Middle East to United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said:
I am delighted to see such a fine collection of awards on the list, demonstrating some truly remarkable acts of courage and dedication.
The UK is involved in pivotal operations across the world and it is critical that we have the best talent available to ensure their continued success. Once again, the list confirms that we do.
Congratulations for the outstanding service from the men and women who have received an award.
Secretary of State Baroness Goldie said:
It is such an honor to see the caliber of our people in defense up close, and the extraordinary work they do to keep this country safe. The list of operational honors and awards is a testament to their dedication, talent, and courage.
I want to congratulate these brilliant men and women, who show time and time again why we should be proud of our armed forces.
From the Army, Staff Sergeant Adam Humphreys of the Queen’s Dragoon 1st Guards has received a Dissemination Commendation (MiD) for displaying tremendous bravery during United Nations peacekeeping operations in Mali, including his actions on two different occasions that resulted in the detention of militants. Men grab weapons. On another occasion, his actions saved the lives of two soldiers when their patrol was engaged by machine gun fire. His bravery demonstrated the determination of the UN peacekeepers and enhanced the British Army’s reputation among the international allies.
Sergeant Adam Humphreys said:
My troops were on patrol when we came across two armed men near a river. When they saw us they fled, we searched the area to see if we could find them. I found one of them hiding in the water and held it.
I was really surprised, to be honest and very proud. I was just doing my job, and although I never expected this award, it is a great honor.
Other awards to military personnel include the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) to Acting Corporal Stephan Cole, who saved the life of a heat-exhausted civilian by lifting them to safety in the Brunei rainforest under extremely difficult conditions, while Lance Corporal Fraser J was awarded the Queen’s Medal For Courage (QCB) for providing first aid to traffic accident victims and rescuing an elderly civilian from a vehicle in danger of catching fire.
Of the Royal Navy, Admiral Stephen Moorhouse was awarded an OBE Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). As leader of the Carrier Strike Group last year during the inaugural operational deployment to the UK Queen Elizabeth, he was responsible for its command, planning and execution. Commodore Morehouse led 3,500 employees from all three services, the Civil Service and International Partners.
Admiral Stephen Morehouse said:
To receive this national recognition is humbling and I feel incredibly privileged.
However, none of the successes we witnessed during the inaugural deployment of the Carrier Strike Group would have been possible without the truly extraordinary commitment of the nearly 3,500 men and women who deployed with the Strike Group at the height of Covid.
Their professionalism, dedication and flexibility along with the unwavering support of our families has been the foundation of everything we have achieved.
Commander Clare Thompson, HMS Montrose, was awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her role while deployed to Operation Kipion; The UK’s longstanding naval presence in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean is to promote peace and stability in the region, as well as to ensure safe passage for merchant ships. Commander Thompson made significant tactical, operational and strategic impact during her four-month deployment, including the Royal Navy’s first weapons interception in theatre, resulting in the successful seizure of illicit weapons.
Commander Claire Thompson said:
I feel very privileged and very humbled by the news that she has been awarded an OBE.
It is an incredible honor, and this award represents to me each of my ship’s companies and their hard work, professionalism, and dedication as they have been deployed to operations over extended periods of the past year.
The success of HMS Montrose during that period is well documented but the dedicated commitment of the men and women serving on it must be highlighted because without them none of this success would be possible.
From the Royal Air Force, Warrant Officer Kevin Jones was awarded a QCVS for his leading role in the recovery of the F-35B Lightning, which crashed in the Mediterranean Sea and came to rest 2,000 meters below the surface. Warrant Officer Jones demonstrated exceptional leadership in what was a very complex operation, being responsible for planning and carrying out all activities once the wreck was recovered.
Warrant Officer Kevin Jones said:
I am very humbled to receive this award, both for myself and on behalf of the Combined Aircraft Recovery and Transport Squadron team deployed in support of the circumnavigation.
I believe the recovery of the F35B from the Mediterranean is the most complex aircraft recovery of modern times, and one that I am very proud to be a part of.
It amazes me what can be achieved, and this process has definitely been a highlight of my career.
Three Royal Air Force personnel have been honored with awards.
The full list can be found at gov.uk.
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