British Army Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) Operation Oqab Tsuka in Helmand Province, Afghanistan (Op HERRICK) (Crown Copyright, 2008)

Paras’ Bravery Recognised in Honours List

Military Cross for Parachute Regiment Colour Sergeant Daniel Garratt

Colour Sergeant Daniel Mark Garratt, Parachute Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross as stated in the latest Operational Honours and Awards released by the Ministry of Defence.

The Parachute Regiment, colloquially known as the Paras, is an elite airborne infantry regiment of the British Army and one of the most elite units in the world. Consisting of four battalions, the 1st Battalion (1PARA) is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army’s rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade.

Paratroopers are trained to conduct a range of missions, from prevention and pre-emption tasks, to complex, high-intensity war fighting. Formed in 1942 during the Second World War, British Army paratroopers train to the highest standards of professionalism, resilience, discipline, versatility, courage and self-reliance.

Col Sgt Garratt saw action in Afghanistan during the British Army’s Operation HERRICK. In 2008, his friend and fellow-paratrooper Sergeant Major Michael “Mick” Williams (2 PARA) was killed in a firefight with the Taliban in the Upper Sangin Valley, Helmand Province.

The Military Cross (MC) is awarded to all ranks of the RN, RM, Army, and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land.

Instituted in 1914, the Military Cross (MC) was issued for gallantry in presence of the enemy to warrant and junior officers of the Army who were ineligible (on account of their rank) for the Distinguished Service Order. During the First World War, it was also available to equivalent ranks in the Royal Naval Division and Royal Marines and it later became available to equivalent ranks in the RAF for acts of gallantry on land. Since 1993, the MC is available to all ranks.

Also listed in the Operational Honours and Awards for May 2018 were Lance Corporal Nathan William Fletcher and Lance Corporal Charles Anthony Dexter Taylor, both Mentioned in Despatches.

Image: 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA), on Operation Oqab Tsuka in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, during Op HERRICK. (Crown Copyright, 2008).