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Honour for Belthorn reservist soldier in hell of Afghanistan
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.”