UK operations in Afghanistan are conducted under the name Operation HERRICK.
20th Armoured Brigade has taken over from 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, as the lead formation of troops in Helmand province, responsible for Task Force Helmand.
Operation HERRICK 15 runs from October 2011 until March 2012. Soldiers and Officer will be blogging from the units that make up 20th Armoured Brigade in Afghanistan.
Trooper James Campbell is a member of the Headquarters Squadron of The King’s Royal Hussars (KRH). He is based in the Combined Force Lashkar Gah (CF LKG) Main Operating Base (MOB). The KRH are the lead unit for the Lashkar Gah area.
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick is the Spokesman for Task Force Helmand during for Operation HERRICK 14. Since October 2010 he has been attached to HQ 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, based in Plymouth, and he deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011. Tim is a Reservist from the Media Operations Group (Volunteers) and he will return … Continue reading Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick
Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft is a dog handler with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. She studied Animal Care/Management for 4 years before joining the Army in 2007. Her first tour of Afghanistan (Operation HERRICK 9) was in 2008/9 where she was a Vehicle Search Dog Handler. She is now back in Afghanistan, on Operation HERRICK … Continue reading Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft and Kevin
Lance Corporal Roberts is a section second-in-command in 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (3 MERCIAN). He is currently based in Check Point Attal on Route 601, the main road to Lashkar Gah. He has previously served in Iraq, but this is his first tour of Afghanistan.
Signaller Mike Leonidas is a Communications Systems Operator (CS Op) currently stationed with 20 Armoured Brigade HQ and Signal Squadron (200), based in Sennelager, Germany. He is deployed on Op HERRICK 15 where he is employed as Rear Link Detachment (RLD) Signaller, responsible for providing communications from a small Patrol Base in Northern Nad-E Ali District. Sig … Continue reading Signaller Mike Leonidas
Major Simon Doyle is the Officer Commanding C Company of the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’. Simon has responsibility for Area of Operations Centre-South as a part of Combined Force Nad ‘Ali, headed by 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS).
Lt Matt Galante is an officer in 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment. He commands a Police Advisory Team (PAT) in Southern Nahr-e-Saraj district Helmand province. This is Matt’s second tour of Afghanistan.
Corporal Paul Birkett is a Communications Systems Operator (CS Op) currently stationed with 1st United Kingdom Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment (1 (UK) ADSR) based in Herford, Germany. He recently deployed on Op HERRICK 15 where he is employed as Communications Centre (COMMCEN) Operator/Commcen IC. He is responsible for transmitting, receiving and distributing messages … Continue reading Corporal Paul Birkett
Private Graham ‘T’ Thurston is a soldier in 5 Platoon, B Company, the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (1 PWRR) known as the ‘Tigers’. Private Thurston is based in the Nahr-e-Seraj District of Helmand Province as part of the 5 RIFLES Battle Group.
Private Miguel Edwards is a TA soldier currently serving with 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (The Tigers). He is a banker for Lloyds Bank in the civilian world but currently serving in Afghanistan as a rifleman in an infantry company. I joined the Territorial Army just over 3 years ago with the view … Continue reading Private Miguel Edwards
Signaller Tonkinson is a Communications Logistic Specialist (CLS) currently stationed with 1st United Kingdom Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment (1 (UK) ADSR) based in Herford, Germany. She is deployed on Op HERRICK 15 where she is employed as both a driver and crewman as part of Souter Force Protection Transport Company (SFPTC), stationed at … Continue reading Signaller Tonkinson
The Combat Camera Team (CCT) is a trio of defence correspondents for the MOD. It’s their job to collect multimedia stories about British forces on operations in Afghanistan. The three are all trained soldiers who have served in other parts of the Army, and can revert to this role if needs be. As a result, … Continue reading Combat Camera Team (CCT) – Op Herrick 15