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Medal for Sussex major who took fight to Taliban

The Argus: Major Justin Stenhouse Major Justin Stenhouse

A Sussex army officer single-handedly took on Taliban insurgents to save the men under his command.

Major Justin Stenhouse, of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, received the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) at a ceremony yesterday after single-handedly taking on Taliban insurgents to save the men under his command.

The officer, from Coleman’s Hatch, near Hartfield, was leading an elite reconnaissance unit when he and his men were pinned down in an attack as they attempted to recover weapons being used against them.

He ran forward into open ground to throw himself into the line of fire and put the Taliban fighters on the back foot during heavy gunfire in Helmand province last winter.

Receiving the second-highest military honour for active service had been “very special, humbling and a great tribute to the other 123 soldiers in our squadron, who performed magnificently in Afghanistan”, he said.

Commenting on his heroics, Maj Stenhouse said: “It was getting a little unpleasant and we just needed to go forward.

“You don’t ever think about it until afterwards when you realise that you are OK.

Conversation “I am told it was pretty close but you have just got to get everyone up and get everyone moving.

“You get up and you take the fight to the enemy – it’s the safest way actually to get out of there, otherwise you get fixed and they start getting a bit closer. Luckily everyone came back in one piece.”

During his conversation with the Queen she asked him if he would be returning to Afghanistan anytime soon.

“I answered: ‘Not at the moment’ but you never know in the Army– you can get a call and be going there shortly afterwards," he said.

Maj Stenhouse said the medal would someday join his grandfather’s DSO.

“He also received one in the Second World War for building the road up to Monte Cassino in 1944,” he said.

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1:09pm Sun 18 Nov 12

juleshove says...

Major Stenhouse is a true hero. He has my respect and admiration.
Major Stenhouse is a true hero. He has my respect and admiration. juleshove
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1:26pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

It is people like Major Stenhouse that make me proud to be British.
It is people like Major Stenhouse that make me proud to be British. Algeria Touchshriek
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2:25pm Sun 18 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.
maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly. ruberducker
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2:53pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Vigilia says...

ruberducker wrote:
maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.
and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?
[quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.[/p][/quote]and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress? Vigilia
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4:28pm Sun 18 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

Vigilia wrote:
ruberducker wrote:
maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.
and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?
and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.[/p][/quote]and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?[/p][/quote]and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert. ruberducker
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5:11pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Isn't it refreshing to have a good news story on this site about someone who has contributed.

Massive respect Justin Stenhouse and many thanks.
Isn't it refreshing to have a good news story on this site about someone who has contributed. Massive respect Justin Stenhouse and many thanks. Somethingsarejustwrong
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5:16pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Chieftain11 says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
It is people like Major Stenhouse that make me proud to be British.
It's people like Maj Stenhouse that keep this country free.
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: It is people like Major Stenhouse that make me proud to be British.[/p][/quote]It's people like Maj Stenhouse that keep this country free. Chieftain11
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9:29pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Vigilia says...

ruberducker wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
ruberducker wrote:
maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.
and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?
and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert.
Deployed since 2007, Sea Kings logged more than 12,500 flight hours in more than 3,800 missions flown from their base at Camp Bastion, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The aircraft transported 80,000 troops and more than 700 tonnes of supplies during this time. Their last operational sortie was flown in Afghanistan on 30 September 2012.
You really must get a grip of your facts before committing yourself to print.
[quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.[/p][/quote]and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?[/p][/quote]and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert.[/p][/quote]Deployed since 2007, Sea Kings logged more than 12,500 flight hours in more than 3,800 missions flown from their base at Camp Bastion, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The aircraft transported 80,000 troops and more than 700 tonnes of supplies during this time. Their last operational sortie was flown in Afghanistan on 30 September 2012. You really must get a grip of your facts before committing yourself to print. Vigilia
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7:21am Mon 19 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

Vigilia wrote:
ruberducker wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
ruberducker wrote:
maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.
and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?
and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert.
Deployed since 2007, Sea Kings logged more than 12,500 flight hours in more than 3,800 missions flown from their base at Camp Bastion, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The aircraft transported 80,000 troops and more than 700 tonnes of supplies during this time. Their last operational sortie was flown in Afghanistan on 30 September 2012.
You really must get a grip of your facts before committing yourself to print.
sorry not much need for them now:quite right finished a couple of months ago:
the royal brats are now safe.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ruberducker[/bold] wrote: maybe the queens grandsons should grow some ++lls are they not officers of the armed forces that we tax payers keep....go on make us proud of the royal familly.[/p][/quote]and how was it when you were flying your attack helicopter in Afghanistan or your search & rescue aircraft to save someone in distress?[/p][/quote]and then recalled becuase of saftey issues regarding "it's to dangerous for the royals"---sorry if you don't want to go to war and get shot at be a plumber"not much need for a sea-king helicopter in the desert.[/p][/quote]Deployed since 2007, Sea Kings logged more than 12,500 flight hours in more than 3,800 missions flown from their base at Camp Bastion, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The aircraft transported 80,000 troops and more than 700 tonnes of supplies during this time. Their last operational sortie was flown in Afghanistan on 30 September 2012. You really must get a grip of your facts before committing yourself to print.[/p][/quote]sorry not much need for them now:quite right finished a couple of months ago: the royal brats are now safe. ruberducker
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9:54am Mon 19 Nov 12

John Steed says...

Prince andrew flew airguard in the falklands, Prince Harry is on second tour flying an apache, not exactly a aircraft used for milk runs, Prince william is on active duty in UK where in search and rescue the weather can be as dangerous as any incoming fire.
Respect to ALL our servicemen & women, irrespective of colour, race or creed, I will not insult our them by adding parentage,
if you are a republican then revel in the free speech that comes from a democratic society, in our case a society that like that of our european neighbours, is gratefull for the sacrifices of our armed forces
Prince andrew flew airguard in the falklands, Prince Harry is on second tour flying an apache, not exactly a aircraft used for milk runs, Prince william is on active duty in UK where in search and rescue the weather can be as dangerous as any incoming fire. Respect to ALL our servicemen & women, irrespective of colour, race or creed, I will not insult our them by adding parentage, if you are a republican then revel in the free speech that comes from a democratic society, in our case a society that like that of our european neighbours, is gratefull for the sacrifices of our armed forces John Steed
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