Karen Spencer-Jenkins with Mayor Cllr Crimmings
A member of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Catering Services team who also undertakes a voluntary role as a driver with the Royal Logistic Corps, Army Reserve Force (Territorial Army) has been thanked for her commitment during an operation in Afghanistan.
Karen Spencer-Jenkins, of Pontypridd, who works as a training officer with Catering Services, joined 249 HQ Squadron in Cardiff in May 2011 and ‘passed out’ as a fully-trained soldier the following September. Her mobilisation assigned her to a total of one year with the regular unit of ‘3 LSR’, six months of which were spent in Afghanistan.
Her role during Operation Herrick 18 involved supplying essential goods to Forward Operating Bases in the Helmand Province and retrieving equipment during the withdrawal of troops.
A typical convoy could last days and would involve more than 60 trucks accompanied by appropriate Force Protection. Karen’s contribution was acknowledged by a very complimentary letter from Lt Col Timmis, Commanding Officer, 3 LSR.
Karen was recently welcomed to the Mayor’s parlour by Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings. Karen’s close family and her line manager Ann Williams joined her on her visit.
"It was good to meet Karen and hear all about her experiences in Afghanistan," said Cllr Crimmings.
"She is a very popular and valued member of the Catering Services team and they were pleased to have her back with them safe and sound."
Karen said: "I enjoyed my tour in Afghanistan, which was a great developmental experience, well-supported by all my colleagues in RCT Catering Services."