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Proud moment for Ards TA

By Michael Bashford

Published 26/11/2009

A TA soldier from Newtownards has been honoured for his service in Afghanistan at a ceremony at Hillsborough Castle.

Lance Corporal Alan Strain served in Helmand Province in northern Afghanistan, working alongside regular Army counterparts as an integral part of ‘Operation Herrick 10’ where his role was to “keep the military show on the road”.

The service for 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment RLC (Volunteers) was in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, the Colonel in Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps.

Deployed in the most hostile parts of Helmand, the Territorials from ‘152’, helped to achieve some notable milestones, during which they travelled some 12,000 kilometres by road at a time when every outing was highly dangerous.

Commenting on the occasion, Lance Corporal Strain said: “The presence of The Princess Royal made the medal presentation so much more meaningful. We were all delighted at the honour of her visit.”

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