Weymouth Soldier Helping Afghans Reclaim Country
10:10am 9th May 2013
(Updated 3:14pm 9th May 2013)
A young soldier from Weymouth has joined a taskforce to help train security forces in war-torn Afghanistan.
26 year old Corporal Lee Tizard has been deployed to Lashkar Gah, one of the most dangerous areas of the notorious Helmand Province.
He's part of a team that'll be overseeing the handover of power to the local people who'll be responsible for the day to day running of the city for the first time since the Taliban seized control.
Lee, who's serving with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, underwent 6 months of gruelling training to prepare for the role.
He's twice been to Iraq but never to Afghanistan. The former Wey Valley pupil is philosophical in his reasons for wanting to go out there.
"I felt a duty to come to Afghanistan and help to complete what was started in 2001 and I'm proud to have the chance to help hand Lashkar Gah over to the Afghans".
Once he returns from Afghanistan, Lee has set his heart on a return to Dorset and a place as Gunnery Instructor in Lulworth: "How could I not want to work in one of the most beautiful parts of the country? It's too good an opportunity to miss!"
Like many of his colleagues deployed overseas Lee says he's going to miss his wife Natalie: "Of course I miss her, and it's difficult as this is the first time I've been away since we got married. However I'm really looking forward to whisking her away on holiday, but where we're going will remain a surprise!"