Sergeant Christopher Hinds, CD served two rotations to Afghanistan, and during his second rotation, then Corporal Hinds was mentioned in dispatches following the crash landing of a helicopter in which he was serving as a door gunner:
On 5 August 2010, Corporal Hinds’ Chinook helicopter was
struck by enemy fire, causing the fuel tank to explode and
engulfing the helicopter in flames. As the pilots attempted
an emergency landing, he stayed calm and worked to clear
two emergency exits. Once on the ground, he fearlessly
stayed beside the burning aircraft, directing passengers
away from the deadly rotors. Corporal Hinds’ quick thinking,
composure and exceptional soldiering ability contributed to saving the lives of all crew and passengers.
In October 2020 Chris was promoted to Sergeant.