World news story

New British Defence Attache arrives in Bishkek

New British Defence Attache Lt Col Mark Wentworth arrives in Bishkek

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Lt Col David Harrison hands his military memorabilia to Deputy Head of Mission Rosie Tapper
Lt Col David Harrison hands his military memorabilia to Deputy Head of Mission Rosie Tapper

On 4 August, Defence Attache Lt Col David Harrison bid farewell to Kyrgyzstan. He was accompanied by his successor, Lt Col Mark Wentworth, who outlined British plans to sustain defence cooperation with Kyrgyzstan. Mark said he was delighted to be appointed Defence Attache to Kyrgyzstan at a time when the first Kyrgyz cadet is embarking on training at the British military college, Sandhurst. He also noted British plans to continue providing English language training to Kyrgyz military personnel and the participation of Kyrgyz soldiers on a UK/US sponsored international exercise in Germany during October.

British Defence Attache Lt Col Mark Wentworth
British Defence Attache Lt Col Mark Wentworth

Mark joined the army after graduating from Cambridge. He has since studied weapons technology and served in Germany, Northern Ireland and the remote Outer Hebrides, off the Scottish coast. Most recently he served at NATO headquarters in Kabul. As a keen hiker, Mark looks forward to exploring the Kyrgyz mountains.

Lt Col Harrison has now retired from the military.

Published 6 August 2014