Third return to Afghanistan

mark wood
mark wood

A SCARBOROUGH soldier has returned for a third tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Lance Corporal Mark Wood, who is known as Woody to his comrades, will be working alongside members of the Afghan National Security Forces.

He will be based in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province with other members of his unit – the Canterbury-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland which is also known as 5 Scots.

The former Raincliffe School student said: “I enjoy teaching the local police and helping them take on security in this area. We all know the importance of this task here and we now have very good relationships with them, they trust us and help by telling us where IEDs are planted and where the Taliban are hiding.”

Lce Cpl Wood is a member of the Police Advisory Team in the Nad-e Ali district where he helps provide security to the locals in the area and to deter Taliban activity.

5 Scots have been responsible for training and mentoring the Afghan National Police, so that they can bring their forces up to a sufficiently high standard and take over security responsibilities performed by British and NATO troops.

There are currently 117,000 fully-trained Afghan National Policemen in Afghanistan and the aim is to reach a target of 134,000 by the end of the year.

Lce Cpl Wood is stationed in Canterbury in Kent and lives in Scarborough. He previously served in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008 and has also served in Iraq, Bosnia and the Falkland Islands.

His two brothers are also in the Army.