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Officer to be recognised for African mission

26 February 2015

An Army officer is to become an Officer of The Order of The British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his work to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Wearmouth, of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS), and his team of nine deployed to join the AMISOM in October 2013. The African Union Mission was formed to defeat the Al Shabaab’s violent and prolonged insurgency campaign.

Lt Col Wearmouth’s primary role was to ensure that his team was appropriately placed to use the monitoring, mentoring and training model to gain maximum effect, whilst he provided personal advice and guidance to the Mission hierarchy.

Reflecting the nature of the insurgency, coupled with the role of his team, Lt Col Wearmouth was required to operate at both the strategic and tactical level simultaneously. Liaising with numerous international stakeholders, he was able to contribute significantly towards the UK and multinational understanding of the campaign development.

Outstanding leadership

His citation states: “Wearmouth’s performance throughout his tour was faultless. He demonstrated selfless commitment, drive, vision, outstanding leadership, stoicism and humour every day for six months.”

It added: “In extremely dangerous, isolated, complicated and challenging conditions, his personal and team outputs far exceeded his rank, team size and Permanent Joint Headquarters expectations. Wearmouth’s contribution to the mission was extraordinary and he is fully deserving in the strongest terms, of the highest formal recognition.”

The announcement was made today with the release of the latest operational honours and awards list which includes 139 personnel. The awards are principally for actions on Operation HERRICK 19 during the period October 2013 to June 2014.

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