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10-01-2009, 03:48 PM
Queen's Gallantry Medal
The medal is awarded for "exemplary acts of bravery", and is primarily a civilian medal, although military personnel can receive it for acts not in the face of the enemy, below the standard required to receive the George Medal. Recipients may use the post nominal letters "QGM". Fewer than 600 have been awarded

A BOMB disposal expert who took on a relentless workload during a punishing operation in Afghanistan has been rewarded with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.
A/WO2 John Lester of the Royal Logistic Corps was singled out for his ability to operate under “intense pressure” while working alongside the Afghan National Army and multinational troops from across Nato in Gereshk.
In an interview with Soldier, A/WO2 Lester said a number of IEDs had been neutralised during the operation, which was carried out to refurbish vehicle checkpoints.
He added: “The pressure you are under as an Improvised Explosive Device Disposal operator is no different to any other pressure that you are likely to encounter. You want to achieve a safe environment for your soldiers.
A/WO2 Lester’s citation shows that the NCO played a vital role in theatre. The document states: “His leadership was one of the factors leading to the operation’s success and his actions were key in galvanising a coordinated response to an IED strike.
“Despite the appalling conditions and the attrition of regular combat, he has instilled in his entire command his irrepressible enthusiasm, energy and determination.
“Resolute in defence, tenacious and courageous in attack he has set an outstanding example to his company.”