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Final days of Afghan tour
10:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A TIDWORTH based soldier is nearing the end of his tour with the 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Sergeant Carl Boyd, 31, is coming to the end of a six-month tour in Helmand Province working as a Force Protection Commander.
Carl has been in the Army for 14 years, having followed in the footsteps of his father, Captain Tony Boyd.
Carl said: “From a young age I wanted to sign up and join my dad in the regiment. I really looked up to him, and wanted to make him proud of me.
And he is.”
Carl has been based in a number of places including Patrol Base Ouellette, Forward Operating Base Price, Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base and Camp Bastion.
He is part of the CO’s TAC which is essentially a team who provide protection for the Commanding Officer when he is moving between locations in the area of operations.
Carl has had a busy tour, this being his first in Helmand Province, having completed previous tours in Northern Ireland and Iraq.
He added: “I’ve really enjoyed this tour. One highlight being that we’re leaving the country in a much better state than when we arrived. The Afghan National Army have taken on more responsibility and I’ve seen huge improvements in their capability.
“It’s been a great honour to serve our Queen and country.”
During his deployment Carl has learned a lot about the culture of the Afghans and local contractors.
When asked what he has missed most during his tour, he said: “I’m looking forward to seeing my daughter Natasha again. And of course Newcastle United, I’ve missed them!”
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