Soldiers, engineers and medics who deployed to Sierra Leone on Operation GRITROCK are among 55 armed forces personnel being recognised in the latest Operational Honours and Awards list published yesterday.

Operational Honours and Awards list 44 recognises the bravery, commitment and meritorious service of all three services around the world. Many other recipients are being honoured for their contribution to Op HERRICK in Afghanistan.

Recipients include Staff Sergeant Adam Marshall, 37, of the Corps of Royal Engineers, who will receive the MBE for delivering a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in just eight weeks in Sierra Leone, whilst fulfilling the role of site commander, a role usually undertaken by a Captain. His citation says Adam should receive national recognition for ‘demonstrating maturity and leadership far beyond his rank’.

A Military Plant Foreman with Nottingham-based 170 Infrastructure Support Group, Adam said: “It’s slightly surreal to be honest. It sounds like an old cliché but obviously I was doing my job in Sierra Leone, and I don’t class it as anything other than that. I was quite shocked to be fair.”

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November 10, 1775: The U.S. Marine Corps Is Founded

On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was founded. The birthplace of the Marines is tied to the Tun Tavern on Water Street in Philadelphia, which was used as a recruiting headquarters for the Revolutionary War in November of 1775. The Corps was later abolished at the war’s end, for economic reasons, and reestablished on July 11.

The Marine Corps celebrated its new birthday, or Marine Corps Day, on July 11 from 1799 until 1921. In 1921, the date was permanently changed to November 10 to commemorate the establishment of the Corps to aid in the Revolutionary War.

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Photo: Couresy of USMC War Memorial Night by Catie Drew.


Sky High

U.S. Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct a high altitude low opening (HALO) jump during category 3 sustainment training in Louisburg, N.C., June 2, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to practice proper techniques and procedures while in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility later this year. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)