Press release

Royal Signals team awarded the prestigious Churchill Medal Award

10 December 2015

The UK/US Royal Signals Infantry Team have been recognised for their design and tactical communications work for the Kabul Security Force during Operation Resolute Support.

This prestigious award is designed to celebrate the hard work and technical achievements of military operations, giving the winners recognition in their field. The medal is awarded jointly by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).

Warrant Officer Class 2 Kearney, Staff Sergeant (Yeoman of Signals) Piff, Sergeant First Class Henderson and Sergeant Fothergill of the UK/US Royal Signals infantry team were honoured as the winners of the 2014/2015 Churchill Medal Award, recognising their engineering achievements within the Armed Forces.

The Kabul Security Force is the newest division of Operation Resolute Support, providing protection and movement control for over 3,000 NATO forces in Kabul. The team worked tirelessly to plan, engineer and maintain interoperable networks that have directly supported the operational effectiveness, defence and security of US, UK and NATO forces in the Afghan capital.

This year's Churchill Medal Award ceremony took place on 12 November 2015 at The Royal Society of Chemistry in London, with sponsorship from IET Corporate Partner, BAE Systems.

Mark Organ, IET Head of Membership, said: “Despite being one of the newest team in Operation Resolute Support, the Kabul Security Force has already supplied protection and movement control for 3,000 plus NATO forces in Kabul. As a result of their hard work and determination, they have reinforced the security and safety of US, UK and NATO forces in the area.

“On behalf of the Joint Professional Engineering Institutions, I am delighted that the efforts of Warrant Officer Class 2 Kearney, Staff Sergeant (Yeoman of Signals) Piff, Sergeant First Class Henderson and Sergeant Fothergill have been recognised with the receiving of this award. We received a record number of nominations this year, so to win this award is a great achievement. I hope they will be inspirational role models to young people, highlighting the diverse and exciting range of engineering careers that the Armed Forces can offer.”

The Churchill Medal, named in honour of British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, was first awarded in 1952. Sir Winston expressed great enthusiasm for this award, reflecting on the significant contribution made by engineers of all disciplines to the military efforts during the Second World War. The Churchill Medal was not awarded for a number of years, but re-introduced in 2011 at the request of the Churchill family. In view of the Medal’s background and its association with the military, it was considered appropriate to associate the Medal with the Armed Forces.

To view photos from the day, please visit our Churchill Medal Award web page: http://www.theiet.org/armed-forces/churchill-medal/cma2015.cfm

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