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    Royal Navy |Army |Royal Air Force |Ministry of Defence|ISSUE #275OCTOBER/13DefenceFocus

    HELPING HIS EXCELLENCY:SHAPING THE AFGHAN MOD

    Looking at what some of ourreservists are doing in Kabul

    RESERVES

    OF STRENGTH

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    COMBATBARBIE

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    NAVIGATORNAVIGATOR

    P26

    Regulars

    P14VERBATIM

    Meet Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock,the MDPs most senior officer

    P30 HEALTH

    The discomfort when your headacheturns into a crippling migraine

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    P26 BOOK REVIEWS

    We look at the latest and best militarymust-have reads

    P28 COMPETITIONS

    Win a break in Brecon in Wales or a500GB PlayStation 3 and a Diablo III game

    Features

    P5 OP HONOURS

    Acts of courage, commitment, sacrificeand derring-do from the Armed Forces

    P8 ROLE OF RESERVISTS

    Soldiers in Afghanistan give theirviews on what it takes to be a reserve

    P12 MAYBE MINISTER

    Nick Carter is the senior UK adviser to

    the Afghan Defence Minister in Kabul

    P19 MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

    Who is the bravest of them all? LanceCorporal Matthew Wilson wins an award

    P20 DEFENCE DOCTOR

    Army reservist Heidi Doughty on jugglingmilitary duty with a demanding NHS role

    P22 GOLFING GRIT

    Battle Backs golfers overcame injury andserious illness to triumph in the US

    P19P22

    REDEPLOYMENT: THE RESPONSIBLE

    REVERSE RESUPPLY CHAIN P16

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    EDITORSNOTEFIONA SIMPSON

    I sometimes feela bit stuck in theWestminster bubble.Although I havea nice view of thebottom left-handcorner of the LondonEye, its always niceto get out and meetsome real people.

    This month Ive actually been let out ofthe office and, even though it was justdown the road, it was a great experience.

    I went along to an event at theTower of London to meet some of theincredibly humble heroes who have beenrecognised in the latest operationalhonours list.

    There are some amazing talesof bravery, often tinged with sadnessfor people who were lost, and you canread just a few of them starting on thenext page.

    Our reservists are also out and

    about, in a much further-flung mannerthan my trip to the Tower. On his recenttrip to Afghanistan Ian Carr met someof the reservists who are deployedin Kabul, working in jobs that rangefrom protection officers to postmen.There is also an interview with medicalreservist Colonel Heidi Doughty, whohas perfectly balanced the civilian andmilitary in her 30-year career.

    Also in the magazine this month isan interview with Alf Hitchcock, not thefamous (and dead) film director, but AlfHitchcock, Chief Constable of the MODPolice. Six months into his appointmenthe talks to Lorraine McBride about hisfirst impressions, what attracted himaway from the regular police, and whathis plans are for the MOD police servicein the future.

    And I can start planning my nextexcursion when Im next allowed out ofthe office. Until then, back to the viewof that bit of the London Eye.

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    For everyone in defencePublished by the Ministry of Defence

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    HONOURS AND AWARDS

    Picture:CorporalSteveBlakeRLC

    Mercian pride: Corporal Josh Griffiths

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    ITS AN HONOURIAN CARR TALKS TO FOUR HEROES FROM OP HERRICK 17 AT

    THE OPERATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS CEREMONY

    How would you react in the face ofextreme peril? Fortunately few ofus get to find out. The servicemenand women recognised in the

    Operational Honours and Awards List

    About 15 minutes into the fight myeye started feeling sore, then one of thelads looked at me and said uh, youvebeen hit in the face guy! I never realisedbecause as we were firing I was onlyusing my right eye anyway.

    Thanks to his immediate actions theinsurgents were halted at the northernwall of the base, allowing the casualtiesfrom the initial explosion to be extracted.

    As other uninjured soldiers began toarrive, Corporal Griffiths again shruggedoff his own injuries and, aided by theSergeant Major, led a small team ofsoldiers as they charged forward in orderto secure the base.

    As well as suffering a damaged eyein the initial blast, the fourth vertebrae inCorporal Griffiths back had been broken.

    His actions certainly savedthe lives of his wounded comradesand contributed significantly to thesuccessful defence of the base.

    On receiving his award he said: Itsa great honour, but we lost a lad that

    day, so Id rather that hadnt happened.Having him alive would be better. Therewere a lot of lads fighting alongside me,so Im lucky for getting this award. Thewhole company was amazing.

    CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY CROSS

    CORPORAL JOSH GRIFFITHS

    THE MERCIAN REGIMENT

    Corporal Griffiths had finished his stintof guard duty for the day at Patrol BaseFolad in north Nad Ali. He had just goneto the cookhouse and was queuing for aplate of beef stir fry with his mates whena massive vehicle bomb tore through theouter wall of the joint Afghan NationalArmy and ISAF base.

    Estimated to be made up of half-a-tonne of explosives, the bomb left a40-metre gap in the perimeter wall,exposing the base to a well organised

    and complex attack. The cookhousewas destroyed, as was the operationsroom, which had been hit by two rocket-propelled grenades, resulting incasualties.

    I thought wed been hit by a mortarat first, and then when I got outside Icould see green fields where the Hescowalls should have been, and I thoughtthat aint the camp, Corporal Griffithstold Defence Focus.

    In fact Corporal Griffiths had himselfbeen seriously wounded. But he ignoredhis injuries when he realised that a smallnumber of determined insurgents hadalready gained entry into the patrol baseand were less than 50 metres away fromhim and the other casualties.

    Wearing no protective equipment,he rallied the dazed soldiers around him.Armed with a light machine gun that he had

    grabbed in the chaos, Corporal Griffithsfaced down the enemy who were throwinggrenades and firing automatic weapons;placing himself and one other soldierbetween the casualties and the insurgents.

    have all faced that test and demonstratedcharacter of the highest order. Yet thesemodest heroes shun praise, preferring tocredit their comrades rather than hog thelimelight. Here are some of their stories.

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    Lieutenant General Bradshaw congratulates Lance Corporal Gurung

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    HONOURS AND AWARDS

    MILITARY CROSS ACTING LANCE

    CORPORAL TULJUNG GURUNG THE

    ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES

    Lance Corporal Gurung, who was at thetime a rifleman, was on guard duty at the

    front gate of Patrol Base Sparta in Nahr-eSaraj in a three-metre-high Hesco Bastionsangar when he was attacked.

    Nearing the end of his duty at fouroclock in the morning he noticed twoindividuals running towards him acrossthe fields from a disused compound 90metres to the south.

    I shouted loudly at them to stop,but once they heard my voice one ofthem started to shoot at me, said LanceCorporal Gurung.

    As rounds struck the frame of thesangar, he returned fire but was struck bya bullet on the left-h