07 March 2008

Operational Honours and Awards List

The Ministry of Defence have announced that 181 members of the British armed forces, along with three MoD civilians, have been awarded medals for their service. ZUI this article from the MoD Defence News:
Five Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses, five Distinguished Service Orders, 28 Military Crosses, and three Distinguished Flying Crosses have been awarded in the honours list for the period 1 April 2007 to 30 September 2007.


Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, said:
"The Service personnel that we honour today have all distinguished themselves - many in the face of great danger - and some have risked their own lives to save others. They have all earned the nation's thanks and respect, and I pay tribute to their outstanding achievements in the face of most difficult and dangerous circumstances."

Amongst the recipients was Flt Lt Michelle Goodman, RAF, the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. ZUI this article, also from the MoD Defence News:
Flight Lieutenant Goodman was awarded the DFC today, Friday 7 March 2008, for an act of courage during her deployment to Iraq in June 2007, when as Aircraft Captain of an Incident Reaction Team (IRT) Merlin Helicopter she flew into an extremely dangerous area of Basra City to rescue a casualty.

Flying on night goggles and under very heavy fire she landed next to the casualty and extracted him, despite mortar rounds landing nearby. Without the IRT, the casualty would have died within 15 minutes.

Other awards included a posthumous Military Cross for Captain David Hicks, The Royal Anglian Regiment, who was killed in Afghanistan, and an MC for service in Iraq by Corporal David Hayden, the RAF Regiment, the first airman to receive this award. A third Defence News article, about medals awarded for Afghanistan, is here.

The complete list can be found here.

Flt Lt Michelle Goodman DFC

Note: A flight lieutenant is the RAF equivalent of a USAF captain.

Royal Air Force photograph © Crown Copyright/MOD 2008.

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