2nd Battalion | 03 February 2022

2nd Battalion Soldiers Honoured for Mali -Operation NEWCOMBE

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment who have spent the last 6 months deployed in Mali have been presented with their Operational Service Medals.

In the past year, the Battalion, known as The Poachers, has completed two successive six-month UN peacekeeping tours to Mali, West Africa, as part of Operation NEWCOMBE.

Lieutenant General Wooddisse, Commander Field Army said; “I am hugely proud of the way you have engaged with the United Nations, the way you have worked with the various multi-national elements that were out in the country and the way you have supported and helped them where required.”

The first deployment was in December 2020 and included over 70 soldiers from B (Leicestershire) Company, who deployed as part of the Long Range Reconnaissance Group (LRRG) that was led by the Light Dragoons.

The second deployment in May 2021 saw The Poachers lead the UK Task Group, which A (Lincolnshire) Company deployed as part of, with soldiers from C Squadron, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) in support. Soldiers from the QDG were also on parade to receive their medals as well as soldiers who provided the specialist capabilities to the Task Group such as engineers and medics.

The LRRG provided a reconnaissance capability with the soldiers conducting patrols to gather intelligence and engage with the local population, helping the UN better understand how to help.

2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment Soldiers Honoured for Mali -Operation NEWCOMBE
2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment Soldiers Honoured for Mali -Operation NEWCOMBE

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