Trooper Sam Lowe (RDG) arrives in Afghanistan

Trooper Sam Lowe

Trooper Sam Lowe

The Royal Dragoon Guards have deployed to Afghanistan as the Police Mentoring and Advisory Group and are also responsible for Mobility Protection, with soldiers working in the Warthog Group. In the second of the Royal Dragoon Guards’ Blogs, Trooper Sam Lowe describes how he has found his first few weeks in Afghanistan. Sam, from Rotherham, is 22 years old. He is working in a Tac Team and this is his first tour.

Go go go…

On our arrival into CampBastion in the early hours of a Tuesday it was all go go go, straight into day one of the Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) package. This is the final bit of training that we all do before the tour can properly get started. Day One was a load of briefs that told us all about what we needed to know for our time in CampBastion. Most of the Regiment got a ‘day zero’ to recover after their flights but because the flight was late, we were all pretty tired and so it was a very long day. The remainder of the week involved everything from marching in body armour (to get us used to working in the hot conditions) to stands about Health and Hygiene. Day Four even includes information on the life expectancy of fruit and veg in our Patrol Bases (PBs)! I thought that day 3 was the best day of RSOI because the staff taught us the most up to date life saving techniques and it gave me more confidence in being able to carry out my drills correctly.

Our new home!

At the end of RSOI, most of the lads flew out to their new bases, but not for two lucky people (Cpl Bob Littlefair and me) who had to conduct even more specialist training. But we eventually finished our training, had some time to get our kit squared away, and got on the flight to MOB Lashkar Gah… our new home!

Departure for Afghanistan

Soldiers from the Royal Dragoon Guards wait for the first of several flights taking them to Camp Bastion

A real eye opener

On Patrol in Lashkar Gah

On Patrol in Lashkar Gah

On landing in the base, we were greeted by some of the lads who came out on the earlier flight, and we were able to start the take-over from the Welsh Guards. The Royal Dragoon Guards lads have loads of different roles out in Afghanistan, but I’m one of the ones responsible for driving and patrolling everyone to the locations they then need to get to. The first time on the ground for me was a real eye opener, speaking with the local Afghans and starting up a new working relationship with the Afghan National Police (ANP). It was pretty daunting seeing how busy the area is, but you soon become more used of what’s normal and the way people act around you. Having been out a few times now, I now feel comfortable carrying out my job professionally and have belief in myself.

Going out in the vehicles, is not as daunting as doing the foot patrols, because you have the added protection of all the armour. Vehicle patrols also mean you get to see more of the Afghanistan countryside. It’s not much like our home in Catterick but at least there’s a lot to look at. I’ve had a really varied start to the tour and have visited most areas to protect lots of different shuras, as well as taking some long vehicle patrols. I’m really enjoying myself and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of our tour holds for me and the lads.

Credit
Trooper Sam Lowe; Photographer: Lt Crean
Soldiers from the RDG wait for the first of several flights; Photographer Lt Crean
On Patrol in Lashkar Gah; Photographer: Sgt Elliott
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12 thoughts on “Trooper Sam Lowe (RDG) arrives in Afghanistan

  1. I would just like to say that I am proud to be british, and that I am very proud of all u guys, u do a brilliant job,i will always support our troops, great bunch of brave guys, u put ur life at risk for our country ,i know some of u might say ur just doing a job, I think its more than a job in my eyes ur my heros , I was married to a marine but sadly he is no longer with us . May god take care of u guys and bring u home safetly , also r.i.p. hunni kids and I miss u so much , well done guys keep up the good work xxx

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  2. i am so proud of our boys u do a brilliant job you all take care and look after each other. love to my oldest boy who on his first tour take care and keep safe see you when you come home safe

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  3. Hopefully this will all be over soon and you can all come home, but until then very proud of what you are all doing, and stay safe.

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  4. Great blog, really gives us an insight to your time out there, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to celebrate your return soon. Lots of love, us two, Layci and your god daughter Cherry. Stay safe xxxx

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  5. This is a great post, so good to see what our brothers/dads/friends/etc. are up to out there, helps put out minds at rest a little and it’s great to see what goes on day to day. Keep safe and take care bro, not long now! x

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  6. Brilliant blog Sam. An insightful blog about one of the biggest day in any service mans career! Keep up the great work, keep safe.

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  7. So very proud of you little bro!!!!! Brilliant blog! Love reading about what you are doing! Keep it up! Lots of love. X x x

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