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Honour for Private who engaged rogue soldier
A soldier who prevented further loss of life after a rogue Afghan soldier killed a British Army Officer has been awarded a Mention in Despatches.
Private Ryan Houston 22, from Hamilton, Glasgow, was on duty at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e-Ali district of Helmand Province when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of Afghan and British troops who were playing football.
As the players ran for cover, Ryan, of 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, immediately raised his weapon to engage the rogue soldier.
The gunman fled from the pitch, continuing to fire along the length of the accommodation and welfare tents. Ryan followed, firing from positions of cover and a fellow soldier came from the tented accommodation to assist.
As the two soldiers moved across the ground to close in with the enemy, they were exposed to more than 50 rounds of accurate and sustained fire which passed within centimetres of them.
Ryan said: “I had to think of the bigger picture, it’s what we are trained to do. This was the most difficult situation I have ever been involved in but the training takes over and you do what you have to do. I did feel in danger and when we checked our positions afterwards we could see from the bullet strikes that he had been firing at us.”
His citation states: “Were it not for the prompt, controlled and accurate aggression, and sheer nerve of Houston, there is no question that the enemy would have claimed many more lives and been able to escape.”
Read Private Ryan’s full story:http://www.army.mod.uk/news/25805.aspx
For a full list of honours click here:http://www.army.mod.uk/news/25806.aspx
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