Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has shown his support for the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan.
He met personnel from across the Battalion at the Somme Barracks at the Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire last week as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme.
The Battalion, known as 2 YORKS, traditionally recruits soldiers from the Barnsley area and Mr Dugher was keen to meet the troops ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan later this year.
Under the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, MPs volunteer to spend at least 15 days a year in uniform with members of the Armed Forces.
The scheme seeks to educate politicians about our forces and is a chance for MPs to show their personal commitment to those serving.
During his visit, Mr Dugher met with personnel from across the Battalion – including private soldiers, NCOs and officers – and was briefed on their work by the Commander Officer of 2 YORKS,Lt Col Sam Humphris MBE.
The Battalion is a light mechanised infantry battalion which means its personnel are experts in dismounted close combat. As part of the visit Michael was shown examples of the equipment they use on deployment. He also took tour of the accommodation and joined a counter-terrorism simulation exercise.
Commenting, Mr Dugher said: “It was a great privilege to get to spend time with, and importantly show my support for, the brilliant and brave personnel serving in 2 YORKS.
“We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude and must ensure they get the support they deserve.
“I would like to thank Colonel Sam and his team, including Capt Tom Flanagan, who it turned out went to my old school, for taking the time to show me the amazing work that they do”.