Honour for Belthorn reservist soldier in hell of Afghanistan

Lancashire Telegraph: MEDAL:  Major Brown MEDAL: Major Brown

A PAINT factory worker who risked his life as a Royal Marines reservist in Afghanistan has been rewarded for his bravery.

Major Roger Brown, 38, from Belthorn, was awarded the Operational Service Medal for his duty on Operation Herrick 9 in Afghanistan.

Roger manages to mix the routine of life as a research manager at Crown Paints, Darwen, and his services as a volunteer member of the Royal Marines Reserves (RMR) Merseyside.

He joined the RMR in London back in 1993 and was mobilised to Oman, Afghanistan and Norway during his time there.

When he returned to the North West, he joined the RMR Merseyside in 2003 and returned this year to Helmand Province to work with 45 Commando as an Operations Battle Manager at Brigade HQ, where he ensured an appropriate response to incidents.

He was presented with his medal by the Commandant General of the Royal Marines, Major General Garry Robison, at a ceremony in Liverpool.

Roger said: “I am extremely honoured to have been awarded this medal by Major General Robison and proud to have helped the United Kingdom’s military efforts out in Afghanistan.”

The presentation followed extensive 60th anniversary celebrations for the unit.

The Commanding Officer of RMR Merseyside, Lieutenant Colonel Rory Bruce, added: “From my own experience in Afghanistan and elsewhere, once the Marines are out on the ground it is impossible to spot the difference between regulars and reserves – a real testament to their capability.”

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2:11pm Thu 25 Jun 09

aggressive.onion.vendor says...

i could spend hours writing this, thing is, I really can't understand why anyone would choose to risk his or her life and take the life of another or be instrumental in doing so just because they are told' they are serving there country'!
'The Nations Interest' is often a euphemism for the interests of large multi national corporations and hugely cynical politicians.
For as long as people merely do what they are told to do and continue to believe in any cause as long as it is wrapped in a union jack then the world will continue to suffer.
Sometimes it takes more courage to say no, my conscience will not allow me to do this thing.
Following orders has a great many very nasty historical associations.
i could spend hours writing this, thing is, I really can't understand why anyone would choose to risk his or her life and take the life of another or be instrumental in doing so just because they are told' they are serving there country'! 'The Nations Interest' is often a euphemism for the interests of large multi national corporations and hugely cynical politicians. For as long as people merely do what they are told to do and continue to believe in any cause as long as it is wrapped in a union jack then the world will continue to suffer. Sometimes it takes more courage to say no, my conscience will not allow me to do this thing. Following orders has a great many very nasty historical associations. aggressive.onion.vendor

2:59pm Thu 25 Jun 09

aggressive.onion.vendor says...

Perhaps i should have added this to the original message.
Before anyone accuses me of being naive and pointing out that there are lots of nasty people in the world who have to be dealt with.
Look at the history.
Any threat to the flow of oil has always resulted in murky and cynical maneuvers by the west.
One of these was the coup orchestrated to replace the democratically elected socialist government of Iran with the Shah.
As the Shah repressed any opposition then the only meeting places were the mosque.
Hence, the growth of 'radical islam'.
The lives of innocent civilians or soldiers were always secondary to the continuing flow of oil and oil revenue.
Perhaps i should have added this to the original message. Before anyone accuses me of being naive and pointing out that there are lots of nasty people in the world who have to be dealt with. Look at the history. Any threat to the flow of oil has always resulted in murky and cynical maneuvers by the west. One of these was the coup orchestrated to replace the democratically elected socialist government of Iran with the Shah. As the Shah repressed any opposition then the only meeting places were the mosque. Hence, the growth of 'radical islam'. The lives of innocent civilians or soldiers were always secondary to the continuing flow of oil and oil revenue. aggressive.onion.vendor

5:34pm Thu 25 Jun 09

holsten pils says...

So basically he got a medal for just going there and not actually saving someones life or owt herioic, seems a bit daft but then again he went out as a major so he would get a medal just for going for a pee , whereas the squaddies would have to do something worthy .
Things dont change .
So basically he got a medal for just going there and not actually saving someones life or owt herioic, seems a bit daft but then again he went out as a major so he would get a medal just for going for a pee , whereas the squaddies would have to do something worthy . Things dont change . holsten pils

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