Corporal Georgina Coupe is the video camerawoman for the British Army’s Combat Camera Team (CCT) based in Afghanistan throughout summer 2012 as part of 12th Mechanized Brigade.
Since we got back off the ground after Op Shafuq, the team have spent quite a few days back in Camp Bastion clearing the editing decks. For me, my main effort was putting together a three-minute edited web piece as well as a couple of shorter pieces, which took me quite some time; I didn’t realise just quite how much footage I’d accumulated!
As soon as this was all cleared we were off again, this time over to the Lashkar Gah Training Centre (LTC) which is the home of training for the various Afghan police departments. It’s an impressive facility with a selection of training areas including a mock police station, firing ranges, drill squares and classrooms.
Whilst we were there, three separate Tolays (the Afghan equivalent of a company) were in various stages of training. The Afghan Border Police course are about to graduate so there were lots of drill for the students around the centre whereas the emphasis was upon fire and manoeuvre tactics for the Afghan Uniform Police.
Although there are literacy classes which form a crucial element of the training, Andy and I both prefer to photograph and film the more physical aspects, which included self defence training and patrolling. We were also fortunate enough to be able to meet a couple of the female police officers going through the training, which was great for us. It’s not often that we get the opportunity to film and photograph Afghan women here.
When we haven’t been out at LTC we have certainly had lots of other smaller scale jobs to keep us busy with Trooping of the Colour messages from the Welsh Guards out here for their colleagues back home, International Firefighter Day as well as an Afghan Combat Medic Course.
Although over the last couple of weeks we have been focused very much on the Afghan training elements that is going on out here, the diary is starting to look pretty full for the next few weeks with lots of opportunities for us to get out with the Afghan Security Forces in their operational role which we’re all very much looking forward to, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade.