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Tariq - Linguistics / Languages / Culture - Salisbury, UK

Nadia Tariq

Salisbury, UK


Linguistics / Languages / Culture


An operational interpreter, cultural adviser and instructor with over 15 years of both military and civilian experience supporting UK and US Military and Government Agencies in hostile environments such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Languages include Pashto, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi. I have trained many forces all over the world in Culture, (Various) English, Pashto, Urdu and Hindi languages. I have a proven ability both to work independently in extreme and austere conditions, or as a dynamic, inclusive team player as a member of any organisation, large or small.

Work History

Contractor - Linguist & Cultural Adviser

US DOD - Afghanistan

February 2012 - May 2013

• Direct involvement in kinetic detention / strike operations in hostile environments
• Pashto, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi interpreter for SOF throughout Afghanistan
• Member of Cultural Support Team (CST) and Training team (FTT) for Village Stability Operations
• Daily interaction with Local Nationals, GIROA officials and Afghan Special Forces throughout Afghanistan
• Intelligence collect and analysis in support of US SOF (HUMINT, SIGINT, IMINT)

Contractor - Linguist & Cultural Adviser

UK MOD - Afghanistan

August 2011 - February 2012

in Afghanistan
• Support to UK Military Regular and SF operations in Helmand & Kandahar Provinces
• Pashto, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi interpreter during detention operations
• Linguistic support to Document, Cell phone and Media Exploitation (DOMEX)
• In charge of validating civilian linguists and providing them CONDO training

Language & Pre-deployment (OPTAG) instructor


February 2010 - August 2011

• Co-ordinated training and training delivery for RN/RM personnel deploying on operations worldwide
• Instructed Cultural Awareness, Geo-Political briefs, Influence, Counter-insurgency and working with Interpreters
• Taught basic Pashto and Arabic to Service men and women deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and the wider Persian Gulf
• Trained students in patrol skills and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs)
• Assisted with Search and Counter-IED training and taught Stabilisation awareness
• Trained students in Survive, Evade, Resist and Extraction (SERE) (PDRB)
• Lead Instructor on distributed training to Royal Marine Units and managed all Linguists on training

Deployed Pashto Interpreter and Cultural Adviser

HM Forces - Helmand, Afghanistan

May 2009 - November 2009

• Attached to Light Dragoons Battlegroup. Extensive patrols in Green Zone. Interaction with Nationals and ANSF
• Intelligence collect and analysis (SIGINT, HUMINT, IMINT)
• Interpreter and Culture Adviser for Stabilisation Advisers and Military Stabilisation and Security teams (MSST)
• Interpreter at high level events for Battlegroup and Brigade Commanders


HM Forces - Defence School of Languages

January 2008 - May 2009

• Student on Director of Joint Commitments Operational Pashto Course 02/07
• Qualified as an interpreter level Pashto speaker and Advanced level Urdu speaker
• Credits towards Masters Degree in International Liaison & Communication from University of Westminster

Linguist & Culture Adviser

HM Forces - Basra City, Iraq

July 2007 - December 2007

• Deployed as Farsi/Urdu Interpreter & Cultural Adviser with 4 RIFLES Battlegroup
• Provided Cultural support to Battlegroups including teaching culture awareness and basic phrases
• Intelligence (HUMINT and SIGINT) collect and analysis on Iraq/Iran border
• Linguistic support for exploitation and detention operations

PA & Office Manager to Commander in Chief FLEET Royal Navy

HM Forces - CINCFLEET London

October 2004 - June 2007

Northwood, London
• Routine management of CINC outer office, diary, meetings and social engagements
• Maintained and processed documentation up to and including Top Secret
• Daily liaison with departments across MOD and NATO
• Trained in further Middle East and Arab Culture including Basic Arabic at International House, London

Administrator & Logistics support

HM Forces - Bosnia

March 2004 - August 2004

HQ National Support Command Bosnia (RN)
• HR and Logistic support to UK Forces across the Balkans, including drawdown of NATO bases
• Managed admin, diaries and conferences for over 30 Military Officers including the Chief of Staff

Staff Assistant & HR Office manager

HM Forces - HMS Wildfire

September 2003 - March 2004

London (RN)
• HR support to 150 Naval Reservist Personnel and Manager of HR and Logistics office
• Co-ordinated training, recruitment, social and team building activities
• Supported Armed Forces Diversity Action team

Office Assistant - First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff

HM Forces 1SL/CNS, Whitehall, London

May 2002 - August 2003

MOD, London
• Acted as PA to ACNS, managed diary, co-ordinated meetings, maintained documentation up to Top Secret
• Daily interaction with Senior Military Officers and Civil Servants up to Ministerial level

Conference services manager

HM Forces NATO HQ, Northwood HQ, London

From May 2002

• Arranged all conferences including bookings, logistics and transport; Technical supervision of video conferencing

Linguist & Culture adviser

HM Forces - Op VERITAS

November 2001 - January 2002

• Member of a Joint Intelligence (DDT) and UKSF debriefing team screening Afghan and Pakistani personnel
• Provision of cultural and linguistic advice to UK Forces and other National Agencies

Finance & HR Clerk

HM Forces - HMS FEARLESS, Worldwide

August 2000 - November 2001

• Employed within the Personnel Office onboard an operational amphibious ship deploying to Middle East and various locations worldwide. Support to 500 Naval personnel and embarked forces
• Part of Royal Marine assault squadron ops team and Firefighting party

Admin Clerk & PA - Information Operations Cell

HM Forces - HQ MNBC(SE) Pristina, Kosovo

February 2000 - August 2000

• Assisted with the execution of intelligence-led information operations campaign
• Assisted with developing Psychological Operations material and Media campaign
• Co-ordinated meetings, diaries and administration of all Info Ops staff

HR & Finance assistant - Unit Personnel Office

HM Forces - HMS Neptune, Scotland

January 1999 - February 2000

HMS NEPTUNE, nuclear submarine base

Basic Training:
Aug 1998 - Jan 1999 Joined Royal Navy( Served from Aug 98 - Sep 2011)

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