Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Ranger Aaron McCormick (1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali (South)) died in Afghanistan. He had been helping to clear an area of improvised explosive devices during a security patrol in Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province, when he was killed in an explosion. He had joined the Royal Irish Regiment in 2008 and served with distinction. He was known for his professionalism, selflessness and enthusiasm, and on this second tour of Afghanistan he took on the responsibility as the lead Vallon man, showing the strength of character and courage that came to be expected of him. He is remembered for his kindness to newer members of his unit, offering “a brew and a chat” to put them at their ease. He had left school with exemplary exam results, and was considering a career in teaching at a later date. Major Jamie Humphreys said: “At only 22 years of age he was already an experienced soldier with a bright future. Very popular within the Company he was very much a soldier’s Ranger. He was a shining example of all that is great about commanding Irish soldiers; strong willed, good humoured, faithful and as brave as they come. He had demonstrated throughout our pre-deployment training that he was totally committed to his job as the point Vallon man for his multiple, and it was in fulfilling this role that he was so tragically killed in action. A qualified infantry assault pioneer, he was well aware of the dangers he faced. He chose this role when he could have avoided being so close to the action and this was characteristic of the dogged determination he displayed. This willingness to do the hard graft and share danger was his hallmark, and the courage that he displayed on a daily basis will never be forgotten. He was a fine example of a Royal Irish soldier. Rest in Peace young Ranger, Faugh A Ballagh!” Aaron, from Coleraine, was 22 years old.