Locum doctor-cum-Olympic volunteer serves in Helmand

The career of Captain Kim How has taken him from A&E to Afghanistan. Recently awarded for his service during Op Olympics, Reservist Kim is now serving in Helmand Province. When Kim isn’t working for the Army he works as a locum A&E doctor.

Kim (33), from Preston, serves with the Royal Logistic Corps in Camp Bastion. He is currently responsible for the management and administration of almost one thousand locally employed Afghans.

Kim joined the TA in 1997 and commissioned in 2002. Earlier this year he volunteered to support the military contribution to the Olympics.

He said: “I was heavily involved in the transport and movement planning for military personnel involved in the Olympics security operation. All in all I had 10,000 people to find accommodation for in London and then I had to work out how to move them all between the venues.”

As a result of his efforts Kim was awarded a Joint Commander’s Commendation. When Kim isn’t working for 151 Transport Regiment out of the Army Reserve centre in Southall he works as a locum A&E doctor having spent two years working at the Royal Preston Hospital from 2006-2008.

Kim said: “I couldn’t have chosen a more different job to my civilian career. I’m so proud to have been recognised for my hard work during the Olympics but it all wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my team and London District.”

For the next six months Kim will be turning his skills to managing the locally employed Afghans from Camp Bastion as the second-in-command for the Labour Support Unit.

“We recruit all the Afghans that work alongside British troops in Helmand province who provide all sorts of skills from interpreters to labourers. I’ve been impressed with the hard work and dedication they show on a daily basis,” says Kim.

The Afghans are also used to provide cultural awareness training to all new soldiers arriving at Camp Bastion to prepare them for the tour ahead.

Kim said: “The interpreters we recruit allow us to work closer with our Afghan colleagues and we’ve recently employed some interpreters to support the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy which is being set up in Kabul.”

The Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) underlines the UK's long-term commitment to a secure Afghanistan after combat operations cease. Once fully operational, the ANAOA will train up to 1,350 male students and 150 female students each year. Based on a model resembling the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, it will help to sustain the ongoing progress being made in building a capable and professional Afghan National Army.

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