The Armed Forces Minister said “thank you” to soldiers who gave up their Christmas to help flood relief efforts in the region.
Penny Mordaunt MP told troops how proud she was of the work they had done across North and West Yorkshire.
She met soldiers from The Royal Lancers and the Light Dragoons who helped build sandbag defences and evacuate homeowners from flooded properties.
The Minister was hosted at Gatterick Garrison by the regional Army Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade, Brigadier Jez Strickland.
Ms Mordaunt said: “The main purpose of my visit is to thank everyone here for the tremendous job they did.
“They did a wide range of tasks for isolated communities, for city and town centres, helping evacuate people, shore up flood defences, and provide reassurance in the aftermath of floods.
“They did it amazingly well and the local community has been wonderful in supporting them - making them cups of tea and making them feel welcome.
“It is also to provide a huge thank you to their families.
“We were very conscious when deploying people that this was over the Christmas period.
“When you have plans with your family, it is always a wrench but they know that they may be called on to do these things and they didn’t hesitate.”
The troops that Ms Mordaunt met at Cambrai Lines assisted in the clear up operation in towns such as Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Tadcaster.
They helped emergency services and civilian authorities operating under the direction of the Environment Agency.
Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Mudd, Commanding Officer of The Royal Lancers, said: “It’s humbling to see the professionalism of my soldiers, who were away during Christmas, recognised.”