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Award marks soldier's 'drive, command and inspirational leadership'
A SOLDIER based in Tidworth who led 30 anti-insurgency operations in Afghanistan has been awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
Major Adam Foden, 35, of The Queen’s Royal Lancers, commanded the Brigade Reconnaissance Force (BRF) - a specialist unit made up of soldiers drawn from 14 different cap badges.
Major Foden led the BRF on searches of at least 850 compounds, uncovered about 95 weapons stores, stopped more than 113 roadside bombings and detained 21 insurgents.
The team also seized a tonne of explosives and 4.5 tonnes of drugs with a street value of more than £30m.
He said: “We all felt enormous pride in these seizures. You could sense, through talking to Afghans, the tangible effect of that work on their day-to-day lives; that’s all they were after – a peaceful life so they could get on with their livelihood.”
The citation on Maj Foden’s award commends his “drive, command and inspirational leadership”.
Major Foden was commissioned in 2000 and has also served in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.
He lives in Tidworth with his wife Kate.
The Distinguished Service Order is awarded for highly successful command and leadership during active operations.
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