Support from people in the North East "keeps soldiers going" while they are fighting in Afghanistan according to a regiment’s Commanding Officer.
The Light Dragoons are known as 'England’s Northern Cavalry' as they recruit people from Yorkshire and the North East.
They are preparing to deploy 400 soldiers in April for reconnaissance work.
They will be away from home for as long as seven months, but a homecoming parade in Newcastle is being planned for November when they have returned.
"The support we get from here means so much. It keeps us going while we are away."
The Light Dragoons have been training to get prepared for the last six months, to make sure they can use the latest equipment and vehicles.
It will be the regiment’s fourth tour of Afghanistan.
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