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Prince Harry steps down from operational duties to spearhead First World War commemorations

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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Prince Harry will play a major role in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 this year.

The Prince has completed his attachment to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and will now take up a Staff Officer role in HQ London District, Clarence House announced today.

He will take the position of SO3 (Defence Engagement).

His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. Prince Harry will retain the rank of Captain and be based from Horse Guards, in Central London.

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Prince Harry spent three and a half years in training and operational service with the Apache Force during his attachment to the Army Air Corps.

Lieutenant Colonel Tom de la Rue, who commanded Prince Harry in the Army Air Corps said: “Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers who have come to know him so well over the last two years."

Prince Harry began the 18-month Apache training course in July 2010 at Middle Wallop, moving to Wattisham Airfield in Suffolk in April 2011 to undertake the second part of his course.

During the training course, Captain Wales was awarded the prize for best Co-Pilot Gunner.

He became a fully operational Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot in February 2012.

Prince Harry undertook an operational tour of Afghanistan as an Apache Pilot between September 2012 and January 2013, where he worked as part of the Joint Aviation Group (JAG) which provides helicopter support to the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces.

In July 2013, Prince Harry qualified as Apache Aircraft Commander.

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