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 Leonidas is working with A Company Estonian Ops Team.
- Nothing has changed apart from me 10 January, 2012 - Geographically, Afghanistan and the UK aren’t really that far apart. But how different is this place? Standing in the Sangers on guard duty sometimes I really do wonder how they get on with everyday life in a warzone. I spend a lot of time speaking to an Afghan interpreter, he is my age but conflict is all he has known. He wishes peace for his country, but agrees that force is sometimes needed.
- No dramas with the Estonians 28 November, 2011 - One of the Estonian soldiers has promised me that I can marry his sister – I hope she doesn’t mind.
- Being polite or learning a few phrases of Dari and Pashtu goes along way 3 November, 2011 - I always find it funny when I say ‘Salaam’ and they turn and say 'alright mate'?
- The lights from each compound glowed beneath as we flew towards our destination 12 October, 2011 - It felt quite amazing that for the next few months I would eat, sleep and celebrate Christmas here.