A brave RAF firefighter who helped fight off a Taliban attack in Afghanistan has had his courage recognised in a prestigious ceremony.
Corporal Christopher Noughton, 30, of Lale Walk, Wittering, attended a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster held to honour the 20 firefighters who helped fend off an attack on Camp Bastion on the night of September 14.
The ceremony was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces, and led by the Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms, Group Captain (Rtd) Mike Naworynsky OBE, with Marshal of the Royal Air Force, The Lord Craig of Radley in attendance.
Cpl Noughton said: “The MPs really looked after us and were very interested in what we do. It was great to be recognised for the service we give to our country.
“The incident in Afghanistan was the most frightening I have ever faced, but it showed that RAF firefighters are professional and adaptable even under the most extreme of circumstances.”
Cpl Noughton was the commander of the off-duty domestic fire crew and was sitting outside his tent when the attack happened.
He and his team were tasked with marshalling the base’s firefighters, collecting them from various locations and returning them to the station.