Despite the testing conditions in which they live and work, all are enthusiastic about their time spent alongside their uniformed colleagues and feel proud to have played their role in helping better equip our Armed Forces. Speaking today, following his presentation of the medals, Sir Kevin praised the men for their contributions and said;
"You have all shown a level of commitment and loyalty to your colleagues in the Armed Forces of which you should all be immensely proud. Facing the challenging conditions with such professionalism while you are thousands of miles from home is a true testament of your dedication in supporting our Armed Forces.
"The medals you are receiving today are a token of gratitude, not only from those operating at the Front Line, but from everyone in MOD who recognise the invaluable work you are doing and the contribution you are making in helping better equip those who are engaged in combat."
Adding his own words of congratulations, DSG's Chief Executive, Archie Hughes had this to say;
"Being recognised for all your efforts and hard work in this way underlines your value to DSG and MOD. The esteem in which you are all held by everyone in DSG for volunteering to work in what can be dangerous and life-threatening situations cannot be measured. You are all a credit to DSG and you have our grateful thanks for everything you have done and continue to do in supporting the UK's Armed Forces."
The seven workers receiving their medals were: Jim Elgar, 41, James Chadwick, 25, Steve Amos, 25, Steve Horlock, 33, Simon Raines, 33, Clayton Moss, 32 and Mike Jackson, 34.
Notes to Editors:
1. Attached picture shows General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, MOD's Chief of Defence Materiel, Archie Hughes, DSG Chief Executive and medal recipients; Jim Elgar, James Chadwick, Steve Amos, Steve Horlock, Simon Raines, Clayton Moss, and Mike Jackson. Additional picture close up of medal.
2. DSG launched on 1 April 2008 and brought together the ABRO and DARA businesses into a single new defence Trading Fund. DSG's primary focus will be in providing expert in-house maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the through life support of the key land and air based platforms and equipment for the UK Armed Forces.
3. It draws together many unique capabilities that have been developed over several decades for the direct benefit of troops and their equipment at both home and abroad. The combined businesses will turnover in excess of £200m, with a workforce of around 3800 strategically located throughout the UK.
4. DSG's Head Office is located in Andover and provides strategic direction to the main sites in Bovington, Catterick, Colchester, Donnington, Sealand, St Athan, Stafford, Stirling, Telford and Warminster. Smaller support sites located in Aldershot, Bicester, Edinburgh, Kinnegar, Sennybridge and York further enhances DSG's geographic coverage. Small support teams are also permanently embedded in other UK military sites.
5. For further information about DSG, contact Allan Robertson, in the DSG press office:
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