Men from the Fire Support Group of B Company from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland enjoy the small but homely comforts of Observation Post Dara.
Against the constant drone of the generator, which powers the communications, television and fridge, the guys keep watch over the green zone, protecting the larger Forward Operating Base Ouellette.
As well as ‘stag,’ the men take it in turns to cook for each other with the majority of food coming from 10 man ration boxes with some fresh rations thrown in. They also take it in turns to clean up the dishes and choose the films to watch in the best TV room in Helmand.
The rotation is broken up according to the tents with each one housing six of the guys. The tents are airy but get quite hot during the day, and some of the guys have chosen to live out ‘old-school,’ under ponchos, which, because of the Afghan summer temperature, is possibly more comfortable than being in the tent.