“The armed forces provided more to the security and protection of the Games than had originally been planned, but as always they have carried out their tasks with professionalism and good humour,” he said.
“This contribution from G4S is welcome news for the service welfare funds and will go some way to recognising the inconvenience and extra burden that this commitment has placed upon our forces and their families.”
The £2.5m donation will go towards welfare amenities including sports equipment and to sports associations which have backed serving athletes, including rowing gold medallists Captain Heather Stanning and Lieutenant Pete Reed.
Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said: “The armed forces are pleased to accept this donation from G4S. It recognises all the hard work and commitment service personnel have displayed during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“It recognises all the hard work and commitment service personnel have displayed during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
General Sir Nick Parker, standing joint commander for operation Olympics, paid tribute to G4S staff and volunteers.
“Working side by side I believe they are doing a very professional job in providing Olympic security,” he added.