A RUGBY mother has been awarded the Operation Herrick Medal for service in Afghanistan.
The presentation to Lance Corporal Sharron Brady was in recognition of the six months she spent in Camp Bastion, Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan as part of the Joint Theatre Logistic Group.
Lance Cpl Brady is married to SAC Steve Brady (RAF), who served in Afghanistan in 2010. She has two teenage children and works for cement company Lafarge.
She said: “Our initial training for this operation started back in 2009. The training was hard and lasted almost 12 months covering everything we might encounter during our operational tour. It culminated in a two-week exercise in Altcar in June 2010 before final selections were made.
“Having spent so long preparing for this tour is was a relief to finally be selected to deploy with 282 Movement Control Squadron RLC.”
Personnel from 282 Sqadron were deployed in November 2010 to fill posts at Kandahar, Kabul, and Camp Bastion.
They filled diverse roles throughout the tour including air transport liaison, flight booking coordinators, surface container coordinators, customs liaison officers and logistic planning officers.
Their work was made more difficult with the severe weather problems encountered during the early part of their deployment.
During her tour of Afghanistan Lance Cpl Brady was employed as an air transport liaison officer working in Camp Bastion, Kandahar and Kabul.
The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Sheryl Stonehouse, said “This is the first time that the entire Movements Component supporting Operation Herrick has been drawn from the Territorial Army and it just goes to show the confidence our regular Army colleagues have in us.”
Lance Cpl Brady joined the Territorial Army in 2005 and in 2007 she won the STASAAM (Shooting) Young Soldier Competition.
In 2008 she was a member of the winning team for the RLC military skills competition and in 2009 she came third in the RLC Cross Country Championships.
Lance Cpl Brady has undertaken training exercises in Gibraltar and throughout the United Kingdom.
She said: “It’s been a fantastic experience to serve on operations alongside our regular colleagues and was one of the reasons I joined the Territorial Army in the first place. I’m just so lucky for the support of my family and my employers.”