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Kelly and Kevin 2- Settling in

April 19, 2011

‘Kevin had been working like a dream for a good few days now so I was sure that he was due a “Kevin” day at any time!!’

Lance Corporal Kelly Wolstencroft and her dog Kevin are now in position at their Forward Operating Base (FOB) somewhere in Helmand Province. In the second of her blogs, Kelly talks about settling in and life around the FOB. Kelly remains as professional as ever; Kevin, on the other hand, has different ideas!

Kevin waiting patiently for his bath to run. CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO READ KELLY'S BLOG. Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Firstly on the 5th of April Kevin and I went for our licence, this involves a few test scenarios given by a RESA (Royal Engineer Search Advisor) and my own Sgt Maj which we have to pass as a team before we are allowed “out on the ground”. At this point Kevin had been working like a dream for a good few days now so I was sure that he was due a “Kevin” day at any time!! However we passed the morning search with flying colours and broke for lunch at midday before our afternoon scenario. At 1300 Kevin and I were first up for the final scenario, as i walked towards the RESA, Sgt Maj and my own Sgt I noticed that Kevin was acting like “Kevin” and pulling towards them in an eager fashion. As I reached them the RESA came over to brief me on the following search, while being briefed I realised Kevin was no longer pulling, instead he was indicating on the RESA’s bag telling me that he had a bomb in it!! I tried to ignore him and set up for the task in hand (in the opposite direction to the RESA’s bag) but despite my best efforts I couldn’t unfocus Kevin from the bag to which end I asked the RESA if I could let Kevin have a good sniff of his bag to satisfy his curiosity otherwise he would be unfocused on the task. The RESA had no problems with this at all so i turned Kevin around and allowed him to investigate the bag… I should have known better!! Kevin sunk his teeth into the his bag and started to shake it from side to side as if it was his chew toy until I managed to wrestle it from him! Luckily the RESA saw the funny side of it, as do most when it comes to Kevin and luckily Kevin went onto do a flawless search resulting in us passing our licencing and we are now ready to crack on with our tour!

Kelly goes on to talk about her and Kevin’s flight to the FOB and Kevin’s antics around the FOB. To read her full article click HERE, or on either of these images.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO READ KELLY'S BLOG. Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate (Kelly's Girlfriend) permalink
    April 19, 2011 18:35

    These pictures are fantastic! The first one shows just how much he is like a child! Cant wait to see more of the two of you.. You have a very proud girlfriend back home Lance Corporal! 😉 I Love & Miss You Always xxx

  2. Susan Riddell permalink
    April 19, 2011 20:47

    The pictures were so good, it was nice to read about Kelly and Kevin, what a good story,and such a bond they have,

  3. Janet Tredoux permalink
    April 19, 2011 22:42

    Well done Kelly , enjoyed reading it , if you see Jan give him a hug from the missus lol be safe xx

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