Honoured for their service
Serving personnel who helped with the safe evacuation of over 15,000 people from Afghanistan will receive a medal to honour their service
As the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last year, our Armed Forces personnel safely evacuated thousands of Afghans and British nationals.
They will now receive the Operational Service Medal (OSM) Afghanistan with its own unique clasp, to honour their involvement in Operation PITTING.
Read more about Op PITTING here…
- Military flights evacuate civilians from Afghanistan
- Operation PITTING: UK Armed Forces evacuate British personnel from Kabul
Working together all three services from the UK Armed Forces airlifted over 15,000 people to safety as they evacuated Afghanistan.
Military planners, logisticians and specialist personnel including dog handlers were among those who deployed to the country to ensure the safe evacuation of British nationals and entitled Afghans.
Operation Pitting was the largest aid operation in over 70 years, since the Second World War.
“The whole country can be immensely proud of their tireless work to bring men, women, and children to safety. They represent the very best of us.”
– Prime Minister Boris Johnson
As they worked tirelessly to provide food, water, clothing, and medical supplies, our Armed Forces personnel on the ground honoured their country and showed nothing less than heroism in the face of extreme danger.
We thank them for their efforts to step up and deliver in the most desperate of scenes imaginable.