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Meritorious Service Medal – Staff Sergeant Yam Gurung

14th January 2022

Staff Sergeant Yam Gurung awarded the Meritorious Service Medal

Staff Sergeant Yam Gurung has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal MSM for his exceptional 22-year service within the British Army, including his successive ascents of Mount Everest in 2017 and his efforts to save several personnel on the mountain during the failed attempt in 2015 due to the earthquake.

He was also instrumental in saving a climber in 2019 on Ben Nevis after an avalanche had buried a civilian climbing team.

Staff Sergeant Gurung prowess as Squadron Quartermaster has seen him thrive in the expeditionary challenges he has faced. He excelled on the challenge of deploying the Squadron to Georgia for Exercise NOBLE PARTNER 20, where there was no established support chain in place. He performed to the highest standards again when the Squadron established the COVID land quarantine facility, once again establishing support from scratch to ensure the sustainment of both the deployed troops and those using the transit facilities there. Alongside these tasks, all internal and external assurance tasks have been delivered to the highest standards and he is always proactive to the demands of exercises and events.

Of particular note, he was Squadron Sergeant Major for the deployment phase of Exercise NOBLE PARTNER 20. He led the Squadron Sergeant Major’s group like a selected Warrant Officer Class Two and aced all validation elements. Furthermore, his investment in his G4 team back in camp, all Corporals and below, ensured that the Squadron returned to barracks with everything in good order. Their success demonstrates his success. Staff Sergeant Yam Gurung is dedicated, selfless and works hard for both the Chain of Command and his soldiers. He is an inspirational to all of us.

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