This award rewards all of the Marines and soldiers who worked as part of 40 Commando Group Royal Marines operating as Tactical Support Unit Nahr-e-Saraj.

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson, Royal Marine

The Distinguished Service Order is awarded for distinguished services during active operations against the enemy.

Lt Col Jackson said: “This award rewards all of the Marines and soldiers who worked as part of 40 Commando Group Royal Marines operating as Tactical Support Unit Nahr-e-Saraj.

“Without their hard work, tenacity, loyalty, courage and bravery we would not have been able to transfer responsibility for security to the Afghan National Security Forces as effectively as we did.

“This was genuinely a real team effort and I am proud to accept this award for this collective endeavour.”

One of the highest honours was bestowed to Marine Craig Buchanan, now of Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, who served with 40 Commando and received a Military Cross.

He was given the honour after saving the lives of five colleagues when he faced down and killed a rogue Afghan policeman who had opened fire on his patrol, killing two and wounding a third.

Mne Buchanan said:“I am very humbled to have been chosen to receive the Military Cross, it was completely unexpected, I had absolutely no idea at all.

"I am very proud but I wish it was under better circumstances – if I could give my medal back for my friends who passed away that day I would in an instant.”

A Military Cross is granted in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land.

The personnel will receive their honours at investitures throughout next year.

For the list please see below:

Afghanistan:


Commander Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (CBE)

Brigadier Robert Magowan MBE (read his story here)

Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force, Kabul

For his outstanding contribution to a complex campaign and to the efficacy of British Forces, which resulted in enhanced working relationships and ensured that the United Kingdom was the coalition partner of choice.

Companion Of The Distinguished Service Order (DSO)

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Jackson (read his story here)

Commanding Officer 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his leadership during an intense period of high tempo operations that included responsibility for the transition programme and strengthening the Afghan Forces in his region, and for his actions in the immediate aftermath of fatal IED attacks on British Service personnel.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC)

Captain Owen Davis

Cultural Advisor, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his courage on operations, in particular in an action to neutralise a sniper in a village peppered with multiple IEDs.

Military Cross (MC)

Marine Craig Buchanan (read his story here)

40 Commando Royal Marines

For his immense bravery and remarkable composure under fire when his patrol was attacked by a rogue Afghan policeman.

Marine Harry Robinson

Royal Marines Medical Assistant, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his courageous and life-saving actions following an attack on his Troop by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army.

Queen's Commendation For Valuable Service (QCVS)

Captain Will Goodman

Operations Officer Bravo, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his skill and tenacity in leading the Transition Support Unit’s Operation Room and ensuring that every opportunity was seized in advancing the campaign whilst remaining in relentless pursuit of insurgents.

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Hall

Director Partnering, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force, Kabul

For his outstanding contribution across a wide range of responsibilities, his revision of Police strategy and mentoring of Police units delivered a capability that will endure beyond Transition.

Lance Corporal Thomas Harrison

Company Intelligence Marine, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his exceptional service in providing his Company with first class intelligence that enabled them to make a major contribution to campaign success.

Major General David Hook (read his story)

Director, Force Reintegration Cell, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force, Kabul

For his dedication in support of the high profile Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Programme, where his tireless efforts made a lasting contribution to campaign success

Captain Thomas Limb

Troop Commander, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his leadership and dedication in training and mentoring the Afghan Police Force in his isolated check point in the face of continuous insurgent threats to coalition forces.

Major Michael Scanlon

Officer Commanding Delta Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines

For his contribution to the development of the Advisory Team Enabling Company, where he melded a large and disparate group into an effective capability.

Non-Operational Gallantry:

 

Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Commander Allan Wallace (read his story here)

Head of Future Operations, United Kingdom Maritime Component Commander Bahrain

For his exceptional contribution to operations in the Arabian Gulf where he played a key role in delivering strategically important operational maritime plans for the region during a period of considerable uncertainty.

Member of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Warrant Officer 1 Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering) Mark Hinton

Marine Engineer Officer, First Mine Countermeasures Squadron Crew 1

For his determination, engineering prowess and inspirational leadership in keeping HMS Bangor and HMS Ramsey at the highest state of operational readiness.

Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS)

Lieutenant Commander Ian Feasey

Operations Officer, HMS Monmouth

For his dedication to enhancing operational capability and to ensuring that HMS MONMOUTH took every opportunity to exploit interaction with allied nations.

Petty Officer Logistics (Supply Chain) Paul Statham

Senior Supply Chain Rating, HMS Monmouth

For his contribution to sustaining HMS Monmouth in the face of numerous challenges during an arduous deployment marked by high operational tempo.