Sandiacre soldier to get service award

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A Sandiacre soldier has been honoured for his efforts while serving in Afghanistan .

Captain Dean Eamer, 45, of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was Engineering Operations Officer for 1 Close Support Battalion during his tour of duty in the country.

It was Dean’s job to make sure that the fleet of more than 2,900 vehicles, 1,700 weapons systems and 136 surveillance systems stayed above 90 per cent availability, making a significant contribution to the campaign success.

In short it meant operations were never compromised by equipment issues and British lives were saved.

His citation reads: “Eamer’s success can be attributed to a number of things, however there are three which stand out, a superior engineering intellect, untiring selfless commitment and aninsatiable desire to get stuff done, and done well.”

The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service recognises meritorious service during, or insupport of, operations.

Dean said: “I am very humbled and proud. It is an honour to receive the award - it is not just recognition for me, it recognises my family, especially my wife, who supported me whilst I was deployed.”

“I would also like to thank everyone at 1st Battalion who supported me and my soldiers whilst on operations in Afghanistan.”

Dean is one of 116 personnel set to receive an hounour named thi week.

The awards are for actions during Operation HERRICK 17.