Medals Ceremony For SSVC Staff

Members of staff from Forces TV and BFBS have been awarded medals to recognise their "long service on campaign" for working alongside the Armed Forces on deployed operations overseas. 

Four were awarded Accumulated Campaign Service Medal (ACSM) - the qualifying criteria for which was approved by Her Majesty The Queen and means individuals must complete more than 24 months, or 720 days, campaign service.

Medals Ceremony For SSVC Staff

L to R Back Row: Hermina Campbell, James Fox, Chris Pratt, Lt Gen John Lorimer, Paul Wright, Roger Giles, Nick Pollard

L to R Front Row: Julie Knox, Cassandra Allwood, Nicky Smith, Prem Gurung, Hal Stewart, Carla Prater

Those serving in the Armed Forces, MoD Civil Servants or Contractors on Deployed Operations are eligible for the honour.

Eight others were awarded Operational Service Medals (OSM) for their work in Afghanistan. In addition to an ACSM, BFBS broadcast engineer Prem Gurung also received a commendation from the Commander of Camp Bastion for his work which often took him to the frontline, working in Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in Helmand.

Medals Ceremony For SSVC Staff
Medals Ceremony For SSVC Staff

Paul Wright was awarded an ACSM for a total of over 1800 days in operational theatre recognizing service in Op Telic, Op Herrick and Op Toral.

Presenting the medals - at SSVC, the not-for-profit charitable organisation that runs BFBS and Forces TV - former Deputy Commander of ISAF in Afghanistan Lieutenant General John Lorimer said..

"I am under no doubt at all of the value that is provided by the BFBS and Forces TV."

Before adding "To everyone who has been deployed, my sincere thanks, because you provide a real service"

"The message you get down for our own families and our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines is critical, for people at home to see what our people are doing, whether it's exercises or operations is key, thank you for that."

Medals Ceremony For SSVC Staff