A SENIOR Army Officer from Little Paxton has been given the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his outstanding leadership in Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Simon Browne, 41, who already has a MBE, was tasked with re-building, re-equipping and re-training part of the Iraqi military, as well as rebuilding their barracks. He was in command of the Second Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment and the officer in charge of 52 Iraqi Brigade Military Transition Team during a six month tour in Iraq. Lt Col Browne said he was surprised by the honour, which was given not only for the training and rebuilding work in Iraq, but also his command over 25 major operations. In six months, Lt Col Browne's troops recovered over a thousand rockets, artillery shells, mortars, surface-to-air missiles, machine guns and small arms from insurgents.