Grimbsy Soldier Sustains the Troops in Afghanistan - SSgt Mark Parker
Staff Sergeant Mark Parker Royal Logistics Corps, 36, from Grimsby is serving with 3 Close Support Logistic Regiment (3CSLR), based in Abingdon, near Oxford, who are currently deployed on Operation Herrick 18 in Afghanistan. Mark, who is married and his three children, has been in the army for over 17 years is currently on his ninth tour, having served in Afghanistan before, Iraq twice, Kosovo and three tours of Bosnia. 3 CSLR is responsible for supplying troops in outlying bases with essential supplies through convoys known as Combat Logistic Patrols. These patrols transit Helmand Province where the soldiers are no strangers to the threats of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and fire from insurgents. The patrols are also recovering equipment from the bases in support of the drawdown of forces from Afghanistan. Patrols are commonly in excess of 24 hours and involve long driving periods and very little rest. The roads in Afghanistan vary in condition from bumpy tracks to tarmac roads and are heavily trafficked by the local population making their living. The patrols must be considerate to other traffic and the inhabitants of the villages we pass through as to not disrupt their daily life. The deployed element of the Regiment is nearly 300 personnel strong, with over 10% female and 6% from foreign and commonwealth countries. 10% is made up from elements of the TA from the Welsh Transport Regiment based in Cardiff and 168 Pioneer Regiment based in Grantham. The TA soldiers are exceptionally well integrated and bring unique skills that enhance the capability of the unit.
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