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Soldier from Littleover receives Joint Commander’s Commendation for outstanding dedication in Iraq

Major General Richard James Aethelstan Stanford MBE, GOC Regional Command, presents the Joint Commander’s Commendation to Acting Staff Sergeant Baljit Cornell in Sennelager, Germany.

Acting Staff Sergeant Baljit Kaur Cornell (46) from Littleover Derby has been honoured with receiving the Joint Commander’s Commendation for her outstanding dedication and commitment on Operation SHADER in Iraq.

 As Chief Clerk of the UK National Support Element in the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command in Baghdad, Baljit Kaur made a significant individual contribution to the administration and moral component of the UK embedded staff in the Headquarters.

 When she arrived in Iraq in November 2015, the UK contribution to Op SHADER was increasing fast. Baljit Kaur swiftly built a personnel management process whilst assisting with the considerable load of an uplift of 140 British service personnel to 3 separate locations across central Iraq.

 At every opportunity, Baljit Kaur went well beyond her rank, experience and responsibility for the benefit of others, and she demonstrated exemplary dedication and selfless commitment.

 Baljit Kaur grew up in Derby where she attended Homelands School in Littleover Derby. In 2006 she joined the British Army as a Human Resources Administrator. So far, she has served three operational tours in Iraq (2x Operation TELIC, 1x Operation SHADER), and two operational tours in Afghanistan (Operation HERRICK 8 + 19). She also completed 3 tours in the Falkland Islands, has operated on Exercise Prairie Storm in Canada and has worked at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium.

 Upon receiving the Joint Commander’s Commendation from Major General Richard James Aethelstan Stanford MBE, GOC Regional Command, in the NATO Officer’s Mess in Sennelager, Germany, Acting Staff Sergeant Baljit Kaur Cornell said: “The Army allows me to travel the world and experience amazing adventures. I’ve worked alongside many exceptional officers and soldiers in challenging and competitive environments. That alone is very rewarding for me.”

In addition to her professional dedication and commitment as a soldier, she has organized various charity fun runs and managed to raise £6.000 for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Currently Baljit Kaur is employed as Chief Clerk at the Personnel Recovery Unit in Sennelager, Germany where she is assisting with the administration of wounded, sick and injured service personnel.

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