The exceptional Afghanistan 2009 Operation Herrick 10 Afghan National Army Instructor’s United States of America Army Commendation Medal group awarded to Corporal P.J. Carden, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who as a member of ‘D’ (Sup...

£2,350.00
Availability: IN STOCK
Product ID: CMA/31877
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Description:

The exceptional Afghanistan 2009 Operation Herrick 10 Afghan National Army Instructor’s United States of America Army Commendation Medal group awarded to Corporal P.J. Carden, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who as a member of ‘D’ (Support) Company saw service during Operation Agricola III in Kosovo during 2000, and on two tours of Northern Ireland during Operation Banner between December 2001 and June 2002 and again between April and August 2003, service which qualified towards his award of the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal. After period spent in Cyprus between January 2006 and May 2007 when his battalion was the Iraq Theatre Reserve Battalion, during which period off companies were sent, but not Carden’s, to Iraq. At this time odd companies were also sent to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick, and Carden may well have been with one of these. Carden was however with his battalion when it deployed as part of Operation Herrick 10 to Afghanistan between 9th March and 20th September 2009, though he did not participate in operations with his battalion, and instead found himself serving under the American led Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, and serving with elements of the American 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment mentoring the Afghan National Army NCO training for the squad leaders and platoon sergeants of 209 Corps based in Mazar-e Shariff. It was for this work that he not only received an American Unit Certificate of Appreciation, but also was one of 16 foreign soldiers approved for American decorations in December 2009, he being awarded a scarce to British forces, Army Commendation Medal by Lieutenant General Caldwell, Commanding US Army at Kabul.

Group of 7: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Northern Ireland; (25075625 FUS P J CARDEN RRF); Nato Medal for Kosovo; Operational Service Medal 2000 for Afghanistan, with clasp: Afghanistan; (CPL P J CARDEN RRF 25075625); Jubilee Medal 2002; Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, 1st type 1994-2011; (CPL P J CARDEN RRF 25075625); United States of America: Army Commendation Medal, officially engraved naming on reverse; (CPL P CARDEN); Nato Medal with ISAF Clasp. Also the original case of issue for the American award.

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Together with the following:

Official Award Certificate for the United States of America Army Commendation Medal, issued to: ‘Corporal Paul Carden, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan’, detailing the citation, and covering his service between 19th March and 16th September 2009 when he earned the award. Signed in ink by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Commanding US Army at Kabul. This housed in its official wallet, and with the accompanying Defence Intelligence Agency list of those foreign personnel who have been deemed suitable for a US award, listing 16 names in total, dated 30th December 2009.

United States of America Certificate of Appreciation of the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, as presented to: ‘Cpl Paul Carden’, ‘for outstanding coaching, teaching, and mentoring of the Afghan National Army Non Commissioned Officers of the 209th Corps from 1 April to 17 September 2009’. Signed in ink by the Command Sergeant Major and the Lieutenant Colonel Commanding.

Northern Ireland group photograph for FY30A 7 Platoon 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, this card mounted with appropriate art work.

Op Agricola III Kosovo March to September 2000 Service Certificate presented to ‘25075625 Fus Carden P’ for service with ‘D’ (Support) Company, Second Fusiliers.

A large group photograph of the men of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, taken in Cyprus inside a Roman amphitheatre. Taken prior to deploying to Afghanistan. Carden is identified 3rd row 7th from right. The photograph a bit damaged on the sides.

Operation Herrick 10 tour performance sheet, issued to Carden, detailing his service during the tour.

Armed Forces Certificate of Service issued to Paul Joseph Carden, dated 30th November 2011.

Paul Joseph Carden was born on 3rd August 1979, and enlisted into the British Army on 16th February 1998 as a Fusilier (No.25075625) with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Carden first saw operational service with Nato forces during Operation Agricola in Kosovo between March and September 2000, when a member of ‘D’ (Support) Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which formed part of the 7th Armoured Brigade.

This was followed by a tour of Northern Ireland during Operation Banner between December 2001 and June 2002 and again between April and August 2003. During at least one of his tours of Northern Ireland he was a member of 7 Platoon, from which a photograph exists. During the latter tour his battalion operated out of Palace Barracks in Belfast.

Carden did not participate in his battalion’s tour of Iraq between May and October 2005, but between January 2006 and May 2007 did see service in Cyprus when his battalion was the Iraq Theatre Reserve Battalion during which period off companies were sent, but not Carden’s. At this time odd companies were also sent to Afghanistan on Operation Herrick, and Carden may well have been with one of these.

After posting home to barracks at Hounslow, Carden then formed part of his battalion’s tour of Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 10 in the period from 9th March to 20th September 2009, though he did not participate in operations with his battalion, and as a Corporal found himself serving under the American led Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, and serving with elements of the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment mentoring the Afghan National Army NCO training for the squad leaders and platoon sergeants of 209 Corps based in Mazar-e Shariff.

His end of tour report reads: ‘Cpl Carden has been employed as a mentor in an independent team within the UK led NCO Training Team (NCOTT) throughout Op Herrick 10. His task has been to mentor Afghan National Army (ANA) NCO training for the squad leaders and platoon sergeants of 209 Corps based in Mazar-e Shariff. It has been a demanding tour with challenging training and cultural issues to overcome.

Cpl Carden has approached this tour with a positive attitude and has clearly shown that he can perform well above his rank. In addition to his role as a mentor, he has provided significant PTI support and he has always maintained a high standard of professionalism. He has a thorough understanding of his role and has shown that he has the depth of knowledge to use this in his role as a team mentor. Confident and highly motivated he has a clear desire to progress and is always keen to take any opportunity to improve his professional knowledge. His soldiering skills are of a very good standard and he is strong and robust, maintaining a high level of personal fitness.

Cpl Carden arrived in theatre with a positive attitude to the task in hand and throughout this tour has been an asset to the NCOTT. Cpl Carden is a pro-active JNCO always ensuring that task given are completed to the best of his ability. Carden also ran Physical training activities for courses from PFT’s to March and shoot competitions with no assistance from his team commander, ensuring students are well briefed and Instructors are utilised throughout his lessons. He has had a very good tour, his Discipline and Profesionalism has been second to none. On Cpl Carden’s performance during their tour, I would have no hesitation in endorsing his wish to transfer to the APTC.’ This is signed by Captain D. Hannah, commanding the NCO Training Team.

In addition to this glowing report, Carden was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation of the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, as presented to: ‘Cpl Paul Carden’, ‘for outstanding coaching, teaching, and mentoring of the Afghan National Army Non Commissioned Officers of the 209th Corps from 1 April to 17 September 2009 - your outstanding qualities of leadership, combined with your enthusiasm and devotion to duty, were directly responsible for the significant contributions made in furthering the mission of the ANA NCO Training Course. Your initiative, professional ability, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service’.

Carden was then one of 16 non-American soldiers put forward and approved for United State awards on 30th December 2009, and awarded a scarce to British forces Army Commendation Medal by Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, Commanding US Army at Kabul. The citation for his award which covers his service between 19th March and 16th September 2009 reads as follows: 'For meritorious service while deployed in support of operation enduring freedom as part of the combined security transition command - Afghanistan. As a Corporal with the NCO Training Team, Corporal Carden has surmounted innumerable challenges to achieve all required of him. He has played a key part in training NCOs of the Afghan National Army, which bears testament to his leadership, dedication and professionalism. He has made an immense contribution to the ANA in spite of difficult working conditions. Corporal Carden's conduct is a great credit to himself, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 19 Brigade and the coalition mission in Afghanistan.

On his return home Carden was posted with the 2nd Battalion to Trenchard Barracks at Celle in Germany, and was then discharged on 30th November 2011.