Local soldiers in Afghanistan linked with home

York Press: Corporal Adam King, based at Lashkar Gah

9:16am Wednesday 15th September 2010

North Yorkshire has important responsibilities in Afghanistan, but contributes so much more, reports JULIE HAYES, in a final dispatch after a week spent with the British Army.

"You're nervous at first, but I'd rather be here than in an office"

York Press: Lance Corporal Leslie Hartland

11:32pm Monday 13th September 2010

More stories from local troops in Afghanistan

Messages home

York Press: Sgt Adam Porter

11:13pm Monday 13th September 2010

Julie Hayes meets the North East gunners in Afghanistan

Throwing stones - the battle for hearts and minds

York Press: Cpl Julian McBride

11:01pm Monday 13th September 2010

IN KANDAHAR, the Recce Troop of the Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG) provides mobility and security for key players needing to visit the region.

Losing a comrade

York Press: Back, from left: Troopers Jason Robson from Bridlington, Mark Musgrave from York; Shaun Craine from Acomb; front: John Dawes from Middlesbrough and Jonny Birch from Leeds

9:31am Saturday 11th September 2010

Reporter JULIE HAYES has just returned from a week with the British Army in Afghanistan, where she spoke to troops about coping with the loss of a comrade.

'The children seem to be coping. I probably cope worse than them'

York Press: A JOB TO DO: Sergeant David Tu rnbull, 31, who has been in Kandahar for three weeks

9:35am Wednesday 8th September 2010

THE 2 Signals unit from Imphal Barracks in York is spread around Afghanistan in its role to provide technical support for all the communications equipment in the country.

Thankless work

12:00pm Monday 6th September 2010

York's 2 Signal Regiment is in charge of all the telecommunications for Camp Bastion.

Night life

York Press: Buffalo, aka Bonecrusher

9:00am Sunday 5th September 2010

On our last night in Camp Bastion, we go to Pizza Hut and to see a show. No joke.

Beyond the wire

York Press: Troops return to camp

2:00pm Saturday 4th September 2010

Although based in the middle of the desert Camp Bastion provides an opportunity for the local nationals.

Camp life

York Press: Hot morning sun

9:00am Saturday 4th September 2010

The heat is imposing and the dust in Bastion kicks up with the wind.

Faith and favours

York Press: The chapel at Camp Bastion

6:24pm Friday 3rd September 2010

Many of the lads I speak to, especially the young ones, are embarrassed to talk about their fear and family.

Dangerous Ground

12:40pm Thursday 2nd September 2010

Our first morning in Bastion starts early with a trip to visit the Royal Dragoon Guards based here.

Bastion in the desert

10:16pm Wednesday 1st September 2010

The temperature increases as the dust overhead disperses and we can hear aircraft overhead again. We're booked onto a flight to Camp Bastion, which is about 45 minutes away by Hercules.

Defying expectations

6:37pm Saturday 28th August 2010

ON just three interrupted hours sleep, we had a busy day meeting troops from the Royal Dragoon Guards Recce Troop and RAF XIII Squadron, who I'll tell you more about later.

Touching down in Kandahar, Afghanistan

2:40pm Friday 27th August 2010

HALF an hour before touching down in Kandahar, all passengers aboard the Tristar RAF flight put on their body armour and helmets and are plunged into darkness.



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