LANCE CORPORAL Mark Duncan from Ellesmere Port, has flown out to Afghanistan this month as part of a contingent of 35 Territorial Army (TA) Soldiers from the Royal Armoured Corps, C (Cheshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry (RMLY) based in Chester.
Mark, aged 26, attended Sutton High School and West Cheshire College and is employed by Ten Pin Ltd at the Greyhound Park in Chester.
He joined the TA in February 2008. He has trained in Germany and in the UK. Just prior to mobilising he qualified as a Bowman radio operator and obtained qualifications in IT.
Apart from the TA he enjoys motorbikes in his spare time and always attends the Bull Dog Bash motorbike rally.
Mark mobilised in July after passing a rigorous selection procedure.
After two weeks at the Reserves mobilisation centre in Nottingham he was posted up to Catterick in North Yorkshire along with 11 other soldiers from the Chester based Squadron for three months of specialist courses and training to prepare them for six months in Helmand.
Mark and his RMLY colleagues are part of a range of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) assets deployed in Afghanistan. They will be in Helmand for six months.
Their role will be base surveillance at the forward operating bases (FOB’s). It will be their responsibility to monitor and evaluate the information they gather from the surrounding areas to help provide situational awareness and ground surveillance for the commanders and troops on the ground.