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Afghan service award.

Byline: KATIE CAMPLING ,

Soldier now back from the wars

A HUDDERSFIELD soldier has received a medal for his service in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Charles Day has received the Operational Services Medal after spending six months in the war-torn country.

L-Cpl Day, 30, has returned home after serving with the 14th Geographic Squadron, Royal Engineers.

They were with the British-led Allied Rapid Reaction Corps during the International Stability Assistance Force's operations.

L-Cpl Day and his colleagues carried out vital data collection in the capital, Kabul, Kandahar, Lashkar Gar, Herat and Mazar e Sharif.

Their main task was to produce a range of image maps and maps of minefield for the allied and Afghan forces.

The minefield maps were the first of their kind to cover the whole country and helped save lives by warning of potential dangers.

L-Cpl Day, a former pupil of King James's School in Almondbury, joined the Army in 2003 as a geographic data technician for his squadron, which is based in Msnchengladbach in Germany.

He said: "The places I have been and things I have seen and done would not have happened in any other line of work.

"The variety of the work was a plus, too."

Although the deployment provided unique challenges, L-Cpl Day said it was good to be home for a while.

He added: "Sometimes the job has to come first and you don't see as much of family and friends as you would like.

"But on the other hand you get a real feeling of doing a worthwhile job and helping people to change their lives for the better."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:May 19, 2007
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