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Theatre Working Dogs Support Unit: Awards and Farewells

March 27, 2011

Acting Lance Corporal (A L/Cpl) Ian Richard Russell, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, received a Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) Commanders Commendation from Brigadier Alister Davis today.

Acting Lance Corporal Ian Richard Russell receives Commander's Commendation from Brigadier Davis. Picture: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011.

Acting Lance Corporal Russell celebrating his Commendation with colleagues. Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

A L/Cpl Russell, a Vehicle Search Dog Handler for the 104 Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit (TMWDSU) at Camp Bastion, received the award for his continual hard work and for often doubling the efforts and hard work of others.  The award also recognised his ‘dogged’ determination in his job.

Smiles all round at the end of the 6-month tour. Picture: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

The small ceremony marked the end of the 104 TMWDSU six month deployment to Helmand.  At the presentation Brigadier Davis thanked them all for their hard work in helping to save lives.  He added: “I am personally sorry that you are no longer under my command.  You put your heart and soul into your job, not without loss and sacrifice, and I want to say ‘Farewell’ to you all.”

The team are returning to the UK on Monday for a well-earned period of leave.

The team that make up 104 Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit, Camp Bastion. Picture: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

4 Comments leave one →
  1. neil permalink
    March 28, 2011 17:09

    Well done to all of you.We would like to say thank you for all that you are doing.You are the best,now and alway’s.Have a drink on me.I wish you all the vey best….

  2. Bobby Wingate permalink
    March 28, 2011 21:30

    Welcome Home 104th TMWDSU Congrats on Your Mission complete. Thank You All and Your MWD’s for their Service. Shout out to Flt Lt Downs and MWD. God Bless
    ALL THE WAY AND THEN SOME
    Bobby Wingate Army Airborne Infantyman 1973-80

  3. Susan Riddell permalink
    March 28, 2011 23:21

    Well done to all the Troops, A big thank you to what you are all doing I loved the picture of the dog the dog is so cute

  4. February 8, 2013 18:12

    As a dog lover and have my respect to the forces and the work they do I would love to be a pen pal of the dogs and their handlers

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