HERO soldiers have been honoured for their service in Afghanistan.
The troops from the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment went on parade yesterday – and received their campaign medals.
The troops flew back into Britain last week after an arduous six-month tour in the war-ravaged country.
Thankfully, every one of the soldiers returned home although eight had been wounded.
Many of them come from West Yorkshire and their families travelled to Weeton Barracks, near Kirkham, Lancashire, to see them on parade.
All the soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) received their Operational Service Medals in recognition of their recent service in Afghanistan.
And there was a glowing tribute from Lieut Col David Colthup, their Commanding Officer.
He said: “One of the main tasks was to improve the standard of basic infantry skills for the Afghan soldiers fighting on the front line in Helmand Province.
“Those already based in the forward locations received training from small teams of British soldiers in the field while the increasing number of new soldiers from basic training in Kabul needed specific training before taking their place in the battle for the first time.
“At the heart of it all is one simple but important tenet which is that Afghan officers and non commissioned officers should be the instructors, helped by British soldiers and not the other way round.
“We have been extremely privileged to have such a close insight into the culture of Afghanistan through living and fighting alongside the ANA.
“As mentors we have maintained the highest standards, remained utterly professional and been ever receptive to the nuances of the ‘Afghan Way’.
“The Afghan soldiers have been great allies in such an austere and demanding environment, they have often provided ‘local’ eyes and ears, undoubtedly saving many of us from serious injury or death.
“Strong relationships have been established at every rank, which are based on trust and mutual respect. The result is an operationally effective team that has delivered time after time.”