Meet Lt Tom Callard

"I first began my UN peacekeeping deployment as a media officer, educating others about the history of why peacekeepers are in Cyprus and our role in helping to unify the country. I also gave tours of the 'ghost' area between the borders that hasn't been accessed by the public since 1974.

I then became a platoon commander in charge of one of three platoons there. We provided security and carried out public order training to make sure we were ready to deploy if a public order incident occurred.

It was a multinational deployment and working and building a team together with so many different nationalities meant that we were rewarded by the strong development of our relationships."

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Tell the Secretaries of State for Defence and Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs that you are proud of the UK's contribution to UN peace operations. Your messages will also be sent to our featured peacekeepers. 

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Dear Secretaries of State,

I am writing to express my support for the Government’s decision to increase the number of British personnel seconded to UN peace operations.

As a member of the British public, I am proud of our troops, police officers and civilian experts who have served in UN missions across the world. Peacekeepers do vital work to protect civilians from conflict and the need for UN peace operations has never been greater. I believe British citizens have much to give in terms of skills and expertise that can help to strengthen these missions and contribute to their success.

Supporting peace operations is an investment in Britain’s future. It is in our national interest to prevent countries from sliding back into conflict and we have a global responsibility to protect vulnerable populations. Our security and prosperity depend on us working with other states through international institutions like the United Nations.

As British citizens – and global citizens – we all have a stake in supporting international peace and security. I would like to thank our peacekeepers, and the British Government, for investing in the cause of global peace.

Yours sincerely,