This past summer in Kandahar was particularly hot. It was not uncommon for the temperatures to reach as high as 60+ Celsius (140+ F), with a daily average being mid 50+C (130+ F). Coupled with the fact that our members and soldiers were wearing and carrying well 60-75 pounds of equipment and weapons. The stifling heat was certainly enough to make any endeavour an exercise of pain and discomfort.
Further to this, our area of operation experienced a shortage of water supplements. Both CivPol members and soldiers were rationed in their supplement usage, to only be distributed to elements “leaving and working outside the wire”. The receipt of elete supplement packets at the height of the summer season, was an unexpected but welcome surprise.
I know that you probably receive many letters of thanks, from soldiers and civilian personnel working in the two theatres of conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq. But I wanted to add my personalRead More …..