Archbishop Peter Smith, of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, presented Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to four soldiers from 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. The LSGC Medal is given to soldiers who have served for 15 years with a clean disciplinary record.
The Archbishop made the presentations while visiting Merville Barracks in Colchester on yesterday Wednesday 13 June to learn more about military chaplains. Their role is to provide spiritual support, pastoral care and moral guidance to a unit’s soldiers and their families, both at home and on operations.
He said: “We should all be very proud of our Armed Forces and be thankful for all that they do. It is always a pleasure to mix with soldiers, who are decent fellows doing difficult jobs. It was a wonderful privilege to be able to present these well-deserved awards, and I found it very interesting to hear about the soldiers’ different backgrounds and experiences across their careers.”