The efforts of local soldiers while on peacekeeping duties in Bosnia were recognised recently with a presentation of medals.
Soldiers from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, received operational medals from their regimental colonel, Major General James Cowan, at their base in Holywood, near Belfast.
The troops’ contribution to peacekeeping efforts on a recent tour of duty as part of the European Union Forces has been highly praised.
Working alongside the Bosnia and Herzogovina Armed Forces, the ‘Jocks’ quickly turned their military skills and experience into humanitarian relief efforts, when heavy floods caused a state of emergency to be declared, as local communities were cut off by flooding rivers in both Bosnia and neighbouring Serbia.
As a ‘high readiness reserve company’, the soldiers found themselves rescuing families from isolated communities as rising water cut off food and energy supplies.
The Royal Scots Borderers battalion, which operates in a light infantry role, moved bases from Edinburgh to Belfast last summer and is now part of 38th (Irish) Brigade.