British Army Corps of Royal Engineers Operation TRENTON South Sudan (UNMISS) (Crown Copyright, 2018)

Royal Engineers Awarded Operational Honours

Lt Col Jason Ainley Recognised for Role on Operation TRENTON with OBE

HMA Alison Blackburne presents commander Lt Col Jason Ainley with his UNMISS medal in Juba.

Lt Col Jason Ainley being presented with the UNMISS medal in Juba, South Sudan (Crown Copyright).

Lt Col Jason Ainley, Corps of Royal Engineers, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as stated in the latest Operational Honours and Awards released by the Ministry of Defence.

Lt Col Ainley commanded British forces on Operation TRENTON in South Sudan last year. In 2017, 85 British solderis from the Engineering and Medical Taskforce supporting the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were awarded UN medals by Her Majesty’s Ambassador to South Sudan, Alison Blackburne.

Lt Col Ainley was Commanding Officer, UK Task Force, on Operation TRENTON from January 2017 to July 2017. Before that he was Commanding Officer, 21 Engineer Regiment. He has an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, London, and a BEng in Electronic Systems Engineering from Cranfield University. He is currently a Staff Officer at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, Greater London.

During the Op TRENTON deployment, Lt Col Jason Ainley, Commanding Officer Royal Engineers, said:

We are very proud to be part of UNMISS. We look forward to continued work with our military and civilian colleagues to support the mission, which aims to improve conditions for the people of South Sudan.

My engineers are working in a tough operating environment to ensure our mission will be a success.

Other Royal Engineers listed are 36-year-old Major Clodia Nicolette O’Neill of Alton, Hampshire, and 38-year-old Warrant Officer Class 2 Luke Townsin from Ashby-De-la-Zouch, both receiving the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.


Image: Soft structures at the United Nations Mission base (UNMISS) base in Bentiu, South Sudan. Soldiers from the Corps of Royal Engineers have been serving in Malakal, in the north of the country for several months. During their rotation, the British sappers have carried out significant infrastructural work vital to the Mission, including camp construction, building drainage systems and perimeter security structures as well as helicopter landing sites. In Bentiu, the contingent is building a new permanent hospital, providing medical care to United Nations personnel, and clinical training to local medical staff at the Bentiu State Hospital. They are also working with UN colleagues on remedial work at Rubkona airfield. (Crown Copyright, 2018)