TA soldier helps make front line base more homely
A Territorial Army (TA) soldier whose day job is a builder and part-time farm worker has put his skills to use improving living conditions for his fellow soldiers on the front line of Helmand province.
Rifleman Richie Wall is a Territorial Army reservist with 6th Battalion The Rifles. Last November, the 24-year-old was mobilised to join the regiment’s 1st Battalion on its six-month tour of Helmand.
That meant Rifleman Wall leaving his job with Goodlife Builders in Exeter to begin intensive training in preparation for the deployment in April this year as part of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines.
Since arriving in Afghanistan, Rifleman Wall has been part of Charlie Company, operating in the Nahr-e Saraj (South) district of Helmand. His platoon carry out regular patrols in the area around their base known as the Green Zone, a narrow strip of fertile farmland that borders the Helmand River.