Army reservist honoured for service in Afghanistan

Lance Corporal Udoh of Bedford.
Lance Corporal Udoh of Bedford.

An army reservist from Bedford has been honoured for his service in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Akaninyene Udoh of 158 Transport Regiment Royal Logistic Corps (158 Tpt Regt RLC) was presented with his campaign medal at a parade in Ipswich on Sunday, August 3.

The troops returned in March after deploying on Operation Herrick 19 which saw them run a fleet of trucks carrying out combat logistic patrols from Camp Bastion, delivering supplies to forward operating bases and return equipment as part of the drawdown of British forces.

Cpl Udoh was one of two soldiers from the Regiment’s 201 (Bedford) Squadron, based at the Bedford Road Army Reserve Centre in Kempston, who deployed on the tour.

The 37-year-old, an HGV driver employed by Bedford Borough Council, said: “My role was in the force protection team, commanding a Mastiff vehicle that was there to protect the convoy. There was a lot of responsibility, but I’ve served in Iraq and Cyprus before and had a lot of experience and confidence in what I was doing. I really enjoy being in the Army Reserve as it gives me the best of both the worlds. I can use my civilian skills in a different way and have gained confidence and additional skills from my military service. The parade was really enjoyable, it makes you feel quite emotional to feel the support from people.”

158 Tpt Regt RLC’s commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Michael Hughes said: “The parade has been a very proud occasion, recognising the commitment of our men and women who put their hands up to volunteer.”