Malawian soldier in the British Army, Sergeant Makhomba Austin Shaba, has been decorated with the award of long service and good conduct medal in recognition of 16 years of service.
Shaba said yesterday that he left the country in 2003 for greener pastures in United Kingdom before joining the British Army the same year.
“It is an honour to get this medal and I feel honoured to serve the Queen. To be honest, it has not been easy going through operations in dangerous areas around the world and away from my family. My wife has kept me going in good or bad times,” Shaba said.
He said he loves the job and that he has the mentality of training hard, fighting and winning easy.
According to a citation of the award and medal, Shaba enlisted into the British Army, Royal Logistic Corps in 2003 and completed his basic training at Army Training Regiment Pirbright.
Following the completion of his Phase One training, he moved to Princess Royal Barracks Deepcut, where he completed his Class Three Supply Specialist Course.
In August 2004, he was assigned to 11 General Support Squadron, 2 Close Support Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps in Gutersloh Germany and deployed to Iraq in support of 11 ES Company.
During this deployment Shaba was part of Force Protection for the Reconnaissance Mechanics.
On his return, Shaba was promoted to Lance Corporal in 2006 and moved to newly formed 12 Logistic Support Regiment and again deployed on Operation to Iraq.
In April 2009, Shaba was assigned to HQ 1 UK Armoured Division, Logistic Support Branch. He was part of a team providing Assurance to all the Division Units in German and United Kingdom.
In August 2017, he was assigned to PJHQ, United Kingdom Support Node East Africa (Kenya) and later deployed on Operation to Somalia and South Sudan.
Married, Sergeant Shaba has three children