I was curious to hear peoples experiences/thoughts on their time on the early Herricks (and other OPs) before it all kicked off on IV, as from then onward the operation gained a lot of coverage and almost all of the personal accounts i've heard have been from that period onwards. to be honest other than one bloke i know who guarded bagram for 6 months on OP Fingal i havent heard much. i knew a ta chef who did a Herrick tour whilst i was on telic 7 (so H3 i'm guesstimating) and from what i recall his job was to cut about with 3-4 other guys from the PRT and ask what people wanted from the gov, what support the gov enjoyed etc etc. they were driving around Helmand in two bog standard landrovers asking questions and the idea of this happening now seems completely insane, but was this the norm? was there anyone on this site involved in laying the groundwork for our move into Helmand or has this whole thing been down to Steve T's dodgy interpreter?