A soldier from Chorley who managed the move of the UK military’s communication systems from Lashkar Gah to Camp Bastion has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.
Staff Sergeant Clinton Sherratt, known as Clint, of 10th Signal Regiment, The Royal Corps of Signals, was the Chief Installation Technician who managed the move as part of the re-location of Task Force Helmand (TFH) Headquarters.
The 37-year-old had responsibility for planning, ordering and delivering the fibre optic cabling required for the move that was hailed as “probably the most complex Headquarters move on Operations ever undertaken.”
His citation states: “Sheratt’s role was to design and commission the cabling infrastructure for all new projects.
“Without his meticulous approach, rigorous delivery and measured application of risk the Task Force Helmand Headquarters move and a plethora of vital enabling projects would not have been completed on time.”
On hearing of the award, Clint said: “I feel very proud and thankful for gaining this recognition.
“It is a truly is a great honour to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen; it is always good to have the work we do appreciated.
“For me however; this is wider recognition of the efforts of so many others, from the soldiers that worked tirelessly for me on Ops, to my wife, Vicky and children, Eliza and Lucy, who certainly had a harder time of it than I did whilst I was on away.”
The move of TFH Headquarters involved terminating 11,000 cables and connecting over 600 computers to classified systems.
During this time, Clint and his team spent 15,500 man hours pulling 72kms of cable in temperatures over 40 degrees centigrade to ensure that numerous projects met demanding timelines.
The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations.