26 Oct. 2008
PR# 2008-561

Yorkshire soldiers guard ISAF Headquarters

Members of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment conduct a random vehicle inspection during a foot patrol around Kabul, Oct. 24. The British soldiers are helping ISAF in assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising its authority and influence across the country, creating the conditions for stabilization and reconstruction.

KABUL, Afghanistan — British Army soldiers with the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment Force Protection and Transportation Company have been providing security to the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters since Aug. 12.

“The mission of the British soldiers during their six-month deployment is to provide a safe working environment in and around ISAF headquarters,” said Sgt. Maj. Wayne Fuller, the British Force Protection and Transportation Company sergeant major.

The British soldiers are helping ISAF in assisting the Afghan government in extending and exercising its authority and influence across the country, creating the security for stabilization and reconstruction to take place.

“It’s hard work, but [his men] are alright, they are bearing it,” said Fuller, a native of Nottingham, England. “Force protection is a job people take for granted. The guys do go outside the wire, they do patrol, and they do get into sticky situations.”

Cpl. Martin S. Richardson, a British Force Protection and Transportation Company team commander and native of Sheffield, England, said he enjoys providing security and patrolling the city of Kabul.

“I volunteered to come out here, but don’t tell my family that,” joked Richardson, who is on his second tour in Afghanistan. “We work at least 12 hours a day with our body armor on. They are long days, the guys are working very hard.”

Fuller said the deployment has been going very well and they have no complaints.

“It’s hard work for the guys, but the morale of the soldiers is very good; we’ve got a very close knit company,” said Fuller. “There is no job more responsible than force protection. For anybody in this camp to sleep safe at night, these guys need to do their job. That’s the bottom line.”

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