Wednesday - June 28th, 2017

MBE for Lichfield army medic in Queen's Birthday Honours

A LICHFIELD soldier who has been described as personifying the Army's value of selfless commitment has been made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Corporal Amber Rose Hollands, 25, was recognised for her work as a Combat Medical Technician whilst deployed in Sierra Leone with 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards.

Cpl Hollands, originally from Abbey Wood in south east London, was the only female in a 58-strong Short Term Training Team that deployed to Sierra Leone to train the nation's Army in peace support operations.

Working in stifling 36 degrees heat and 90 per cent humidity, she was one of two medics who delivered medical training to over 130 Sierra Leonean troops.

The Short Term Training Team also trained more than 850 troops in basic military skills.

Cpl Hollands said: “We taught the soldiers basic first aid or combat lifesaver as they called it. This teaches then basic battlefield trauma skills from point of wounding to arrival at a hospital."

“Communication was a challenge in Sierra Leone because some of the troops found it difficult to understand my accent.

“I had to adapt and slow down my speech. I also asked two of the Sierra Leonean medics to translate."

She added: “I am very proud but shocked to receive this honour. I didn't quite believe it as I was only doing my job.

Cpl Hollands is currently based at the Army's Defence School of Healthcare Training at Whittington Barracks as a Phase 2 Medical Instructor.

Major Nick Garland, who commanded the regiment's Short Term Training Team said: “Amber has made an extraordinary contribution to a number of deployments. She always puts her duty first and embodies the Army's value of 'selfless commitment'.

“Training over 100 members of the Sierra Leonean Armed Forces to UK Army Team Medic standard in just six weeks in demanding conditions, was an extraordinary achievement.

“Amber is a great asset to the Army as a Combat Medical Technician, Team Medic instructor and sportswoman."

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