PARAS 2 Found, Jamie Lee

Craig Robertson

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Jamie Lee
  • UNIT
Parachute Regiment (2 PARA)
  • RANK
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
born Coventry
aged 32 when awarded QCVS
London Gazette 63695, 13th May 2022, Page 9122
Corporal Found, a Rifle Section Commander with C Company 2 PARA, is being awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his brave work preventing people from being crushed as they surged towards the Evacuee Handling Centre.

Coventry-born Corporal Found, aged 32, led his team into the crowd, pushing them back and forming a protective barrier to hold the line. His citation reads: “For hours he commanded the action at the shield wall, revealing himself above the crowd whilst nervy and tense Taliban fighters observed from mere feet away. Providing hands on managements of his personnel, he reinforced the baseline himself when it was most vulnerable, enabling it to hold for more than three hours before relief eventually arrived.”

Corporal Found was surprised to have been selected for an award. He said: “It’s a privilege. I feel honoured that I’ve been nominated to stand out from everyone else who I was working alongside out there. To be honest, I feel that everyone did such a good job that you can’t really separate what I did from everyone else I worked alongside.”

For Corporal Found, taking part in Op Pitting ‘felt like we were a part of history’. He said: “It was an operation we’ve not really seen before - not the norm we would train for. We’ve done public order training to prepare us for certain situation but for the humanitarian side of it, I don’t think there’s any way you can train for that. It was quite surreal once we did get out there. And, we didn’t know what to expect as well, that was a challenge.”

Being part of the Parachute Regiment, the paratroopers pride themselves on being ready to deploy at short notice. “We can be called to go anywhere in the world. It’s something we’re used to and prepared for,” said Corporal Found, who joined the Army 12 years ago.
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