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3rd October 2008

My First Impressions of Afghanistan

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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­First impressions of Afghanistan: hot…. unsurprising I suppose….

28th September 2008

Deploying to Afghanistan

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I flew to Helmand province, Afghanistan on the 17th of September, so the first few weeks back from leave were really a case of finishing off any essential UK work, ensuring everything was in place for when I arrived in Camp Bastion, but most importantly cutting around the UK in every spare minute to say goodbye to family and close friends that I won’t be seeing until well into 2009.  As everyone is deploying within a couple of weeks of each other, most people were doing the same. 

We had a couple of painfully good nights in the mess to mark the end of such liberties, and then we deployed.

31st July 2008


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THE time. About 11am. The place. A shed on Salisbury Plain. The occasion. A chance for the media to meet the Royal Marines before they head out to Helmand.

I good 30 or 40 hacks and snappers turned up to watch Kilo Company, 42 Commando, secure a ‘village’, meet the locals, grapple with some insurgents, then have some tea - pretty much the last act of the marines’ Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX).