Morecambe soldier gets campaign medal

Soldiers from 207 Signal Squadron, part of 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) receive their Op Herrick tour medals from Colonel Paul Eaton whilst on parade in front of their families and friends  in Bergen-Hohne after finishing their operational tour of Afghanistan (Operation Herrick 14).
Soldiers from 207 Signal Squadron, part of 7th Armoured Brigade (The Desert Rats) receive their Op Herrick tour medals from Colonel Paul Eaton whilst on parade in front of their families and friends in Bergen-Hohne after finishing their operational tour of Afghanistan (Operation Herrick 14).

A MORECAMBE soldier has been presented with his campaign medal after a demanding six month tour in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Michael Sheard, 22, provided vital communications support to the NATO led mission to prepare the Afghans to fully take over the security of their own country.

Lance Corporal Sheard is deployed with 207 Signals Squadron which provided communications support across Helmand Province between March and October.

Personnel were primarily involved in bolstering the Communications squadron of 3 Commando Brigade and managing communications at Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and check points, partnering members of the Afghan Army and also taking on an infantry role going on patrols and manning sangers (guard watch towers).

The former Windermere St Anne’s School student joined the army in 2005 as a communications systems operator and received his medal at a special ceremony at his barracks in Bergen Hohne in Northern Germany.

He said: “I was attached to 9th/12th Lancers helping them to train the Afghan National Army as part of the Brigade Advisory Group.”

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