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Countess of Wessex honours 5 Rifles in Germany

<![CDATA[// was a cold and dreary day at Alanbrooke Barracks in Paderborn, Germany, but that didn’t stop hundreds of family members from showing support for their brave soldiers following their safe return from Afghanistan.
The Countess of Wessex, who is Royal Colonel of the battalion, presented 400 soldiers with campaign medals to mark their safe return from Operation Herrick 20 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
The Countess praised the soldiers for their hard work in Afghanistan. “Naturally the end of the campaign causes us to reflect and we will never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice or those whose lives have been changed forever by injury and of course we continue to support the families who have been left to carry on.”
“With this in mind it is worth reminding ourselves that your actions have constructively affected the lives of countless Afghans, allowing children the chance of an education, opportunities for work, as well as freedom of movement around the country for so many – all the things to be proud of.”
“To all of you on parade today, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, thank you for your commitment, your drive and your professionalism.
“I am honoured to be here to recognise your efforts, your dedication to your battalion, your regiment, your country and your Queen.”
After the parade, The Countess met with several of the soldier’s families and relayed her gratitude for their support.
As part of the Army 2020 reforms, the battalion will move to back to Wiltshire, and will cease to have a presence in Germany.
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