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Lance Corporal Jason Geer from the Dhekelia-based 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment will find out tomorrow if he has won Outstanding Soldier in the The Sun newspaper’s prestigious Millie Awards.
The 26 year old, who has been selected in a small group of three soldiers for his service in Iraq whilst his battalion were training Kurdish Peshmerga forces, will be in attendance at London’s Guildhall for the glittering awards night.
Upon completion of their training with British troops, the Peshmerga were immediately rushed to fight back an IS offensive in Kirkuk, northern Iraq and having successfully completed their mission after three days of intense fighting, many of the Peshmerga sought out LCpl Geer in order to say ‘thank you’.
Speaking ahead of the awards show, LCpl Geer, who is from Canterbury in Kent, said he was delighted to have been able to make a difference to those that he helped train: “From day one to the last day there was a massive difference. It felt really good, it put everyone in the battalion on a high knowing we trained them to a better standard.”
The Millie awards are now in their eighth year and have become one of the highlights in the military calendar.