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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Welcome Home 21 Fd Sqn (EOD)

Welcome home: Soldiers who trained the Afghan Army in bomb disposal have paraded through Saffron Walden in Essex to mark their return from Afghanistan. 21 Field Squadron, part of 101 Engineer Regiment based at Carver Barracks, in Wimbish, was part of the 400-strong Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search Task Force comprising 23 units from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force that returned from Operation Herrick 17 in April. The Task Force was responsible for the training of the Afghan National Army’s bomb disposal team in addition to their front line duties of searching for and destroying improvised explosive devices on the ground.

The Commanding Officer of 101 Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Stockley, said: “The officers and soldiers of 21 Field Squadron should be justifiably proud of what they achieved on operations in Afghanistan. They have assisted in restoring normality to communities ravaged by decades of conflict, whilst giving the Afghans the confidence to render safe the pernicious threat from the insurgent’s improvised explosive devices.”

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