Afghanistan-bound reservist looks forward to first deployment
After volunteering for every tour since her promotion in 2009, Chartered Accountant Val O’Regan will be one of the 6,500 Service personnel deploying to Helmand with 4th Mechanized Brigade in October.
During Operation HERRICK 17 Lt O’Regan – an Army reservist with the Windsor-based 94 Signal Squadron, part of 39 Signal Regiment – will serve in the Task Force Headquarters at Camp Bastion, providing direct support to the Commander of 4th Mechanized Brigade (4 Mech Bde), Brigadier Bob Bruce, as he conducts regular high-level shuras with key members of the Afghan community:
“My role is Key Leader Engagement,” explained the 32-year-old. “I’ll be going to a lot of meetings with the Brigadier. He’ll be doing the talking and I’ll basically be a PA.
“Every time there’s a shura, which is a meeting with the key leaders, whether it’s a village elder or someone from the Afghan forces, I’ll be going to the meeting, taking notes and documenting everything, and if there’s any follow-on points, making sure those are picked up on, and then, if we meet them again we’ll have a record to see how things are progressing.”
Members of the Task Force holding lower-level meetings with members of the wider Helmand community will report back to Lt O’Regan so that she can provide the headquarters with an overview of the community engagement activities taking place across the province.