Cheryl Cole Visits British Troops Serving in Afghanistan
The popstar and forces sweetheart spent three days with servicemen and women in Camp Bastion in preparation for the Pride of Britain Awards coverage and to boost morale.
During her visit, Cheryl met personnel from the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) (JHF (A)), experienced up close the helicopters in action and was given a tour of the different aircraft, including an Apache helicopter. She met Royal Marines from 42 Commando, and the Brigade Reconnaissance Force taught the star to fire state-of-the-art weapons systems and
drive the new Jackal vehicle. Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles gave her an insight into a shura and taught her how to make a safe entrance into compounds, using ladders and specialist equipment to avoid improvised explosive devices.
Cheryl also spent time with the Brigade Advisory Group (3 Mercian) and their Afghan National Army Counterparts before taking a short flight in a SeaKing. On behalf of the Armed Forces Brigadier Ed Davis, Commander Task Force Helmand (3 Commando Brigade) was presented with an award by Cheryl Cole to commemorate the sacrifices made by UK troops in Afghanistan over the last ten years.