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Catterick block named after Iraq hero sergeant
A MILITARY Cross winner has had a multi-million pound accommodation block at a training centre named in his honour.
Colour Sergeant Richard Pask MC, 31, from Cwmbran, Wales, is a member of the Royal Welsh, and was joined by his wife, Heather, at the ceremony yesterday in Vimy Barracks, at the Infantry Training Centre, in Catterick Garrison.
The ceremony was also attended by Major General Roddy Porter MBE and other military guests.
Colour Sgt Pask said: “It was a bit awkward at first when I heard about the plan to name the block after me, because I’m not the only person to have been awarded a medal.
“But then I just felt very proud.”
He added: “The accommodation block is stunning – much better than when I was staying in military accommodation in 1998. There are chillout spaces and televisions in the rooms, just very comfortable and in some cases will be nicer than the homes they will leave behind.
“My family are very proud – especially my wife Heather – and we really enjoyed the day.”
In 2007, Colour Sgt Pask was a corporal with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh and was a section commander with A Company.
He joined them as they prepared to deploy to Iraq on a six-month operational tour.
On the night of June 26, while securing a route for logistical vehicles moving to Basra palace to deliver essential supplies, he was involved in a prolonged battle with the enemy.
Despite being injured, he continued to command his damaged Warrior vehicle, fighting off persistent enemy attacks while treating his own casualties.
His actions contributed directly to the success of the vital but dangerous resupply mission and, for his gallantry, he was awarded the Military Cross.
A proven commander on operations and with wide experience, including training infantry recruits, Sergeant Pask embarked on the intensive selection cadre for those who wish to instruct Officer Cadets at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, this year.
On passing the course, he was promoted to Colour Sergeant and took his place as an instructor, responsible for teaching and developing the Army’s next generation of officers.