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.
- The Afghan experience 5 December, 2011 - Yes there is hardship in being on an operational tour, and yes we all miss our family and friends – but each day brings unique experiences that we are unlikely to forget in a hurry. And the Afghan weather is far nicer than on Salisbury Plain, which is always a bonus.
- Life in Paind Kalay police station 14 November, 2011 - Paind Kalay is a maze of mud compounds, hardened by years of blazing sun, and is mostly inhabited by cheeky kids and old farmers with prune-like skin and about ten teeth between the whole community.
- Returning to Afghanistan 7 November, 2011 - The cliffs are a beautiful foreground to an impressive sunrise, which is accompanied by the haunting sounds of morning prayers dancing through the still morning air. I instantly felt privileged to be back here.