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Interpreter - Culture and Language instructer

Woking, United Kingdom
March 24, 2011

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An operational interpreter, stabilisation practitioner and Islamic cultural adviser with over 10 years experience working in conflict zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Languages include Pashto, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

Personal Details

Name Naheed Tariq

Rank Leading Hand

Service Number W144495T

Address 7 Vulcan Road, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 8DT

Telephone (Home)

Telephone (Work)

Telephone (Mobile) 012**-******



Email (Personal)

Email (Work)

Date of Birth 18 May 1979

Marital Status Married since 2006 to Maj W Bolam RA

Driving Licence Full, no penalties. Includes current FMT 600.

Employment History

Feb 10 - Present Instructor at RN Pre-deployment Training Centre

• Teach all aspects of Cultural Awareness, Influence and working with Interpreters

• Teach basic Pashto and Arabic to Service men and women deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Persian Gulf

• Train students in patrol skills

• Train students in Survive, Evade, Resist and Extraction (SERE)

May 09 – Nov 09


• Deployed as Pashto Interpreter and Cultural Adviser with LIGHT DRAGOONS BG in Helmand Province

• Daily patrols in the Green Zone, including extensive interaction with Local Nationals and Afghan Security Forces

• Low-level intelligence collect and analysis

Jan 08 – Apr 09 Student on DJC Pashto 02/07

• Qualified as interpreter level Pashto speaker

• Credits towards Masters degree in International Affairs from University of Westminster

• Qualified as advanced level Urdu linguist

Jul 07 – Dec 07 Op TELIC 10

• Employed within COB Support Unit

• Deployed as Farsi Interpreter with 4 RIFLES BG

• Low-level intelligence collect and analysis on Iraq/Iran border

Oct 04 – May 07 PA and Office Manager to Commander in Chief FLEET

• Routine management of CINC outer office and diary

• Maintain and process documentation up to top secret

• Daily liaison with departments across MOD and NATO

Mar 04 – Aug 04 Op OCULUS (Bosnia)

• Employed within HQ NSC

• Admin support to BRITFOR elements across the Balkans

Sep 03 – Feb 04 HMS WILDFIRE

• Employed as Staff Assistant within Unit Personnel Office

• Clerical support to 150 Naval Personnel

May 02 – Aug 03 MOD – CNS

• Office assistant to First Sea Lord / Chief of Naval Staff

• Maintain registry of documentation up to Top Secret

• Daily interaction with Senior Military Officers and Civil Servants up to Ministerial level

Jan 02 – May 02 HQ NATO ELANT, Northwood HQ

• Conference service manager

• Technical supervision of NATO video conferencing

Nov 01 – Jan 02 Op VERITAS

• Secondment to Defence Debriefing Team

• Member of a joint DDT, Special Branch, HM Customs and Immigration debriefing team screening Afghan asylum seekers

• Provision of cultural and linguistic advice to UK and other national agencies

Aug 00 – Nov 01 HMS FEARLESS

• Employed as Staff Assistant within Unit Personnel Office

• Clerical support to 500 Naval personnel and embarked forces

Feb 00 – Aug 00 Op AGRICOLA 2/3 (Kosovo)

• Employed within Information Operations Cell, HQ MNB (SE)

• Assisting with the execution of intelligence-led information operations campaign

Jan 99 – Feb 00 HMS NEPTUNE

• Junior clerical assistant

• Administrative support to an operational nuclear submarine base

Aug 98 – Jan 99 • Undergoing Basic Military Training

Education and Qualifications

Sep 95 – Jun 97 Greenhead College – A levels

• English Language

• Psychology

• General Studies

Sep 90 – May 95 Rawthorpe High School – GCSE’s

• English Language (B)

• English Literature (B)

• Maths (C)

• Geography (C)

• German (C)

• French (D)

• Dual Science (D)

• Dual Science 2 (D)

• Craft Design Technology (D)

• Home Economics (D)

Additional Qualifications

• Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi – native speaker (Formally assessed by Defence School of Languages)

• Urdu (Advanced level)

• Pashto (Advanced level)

• Farsi (Survival level)

• Dari (Basic survival)

• Arabic (Basic survival)

• SERE Instructor

• Typing and Word Processing – various

• Supervisory award in Leadership and Management

• Level 2 Award in Team Leading

• NVQ Level 2 in Administration

• CNO & CVO trained

Hobbies and Interests


• Rugby Union (Represent RN Women at Inter-Service level)

• Hockey (RN Player)

• Basketball

• Weight Training


• Modern literature

• Asian cinema

• World cuisine

• Religion and Culture

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