A Ribble Valley soldier based at Stafford’s Beacon Barracks, home of the 22nd Signals Regiment, has been awarded a Commendation medal by the American Army for exemplary service whilst on tour in Afghanistan.
Corporal Nick Kennerley (25), an electrical engineer, served in Afghanistan on a six-month tour with his unit the 7th Signals Regiment five years ago, aged just 19.
Nick became a vehicle commander in the notorious province of Kabul, and a member of a close protection team working under the American Army. It then put him forward to be given the prestigious medal for meritorious service for “exemplary conduct and service in his role of deputy team leader and close personal escort to the Director CJ5 Strategic Plans”.
Nick, of Worston, who attended Chatburn C of E Primary School before going on to Bowland High School, had to wait to receive the medal becasue of routine delays and the security checks required when such hnours are bestowed upon non-US service personnel.
Nick’s mother Naomi Kennerley explained: “Although the recommendation for the medal was made nearly six years ago when Nick was only 19, the paperwork took a while to get through the system.
Nick who was a Lance Corporal at the time of his deployment, was presented with his medal at the Stafford barracks by Brigadier Peter Rafferty MBE on behalf of US Army.
His younger brother Robin is also in the army as an ammunition technician with the Royal Logistics Corps.