The War in Afghanistan has been a hard one on our troops, as a country we’velost some very good soldiers… Be they husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers or fathers. First and foremost I give a wholehearted Rest In Peace to all those we’ve lost over the 11 years of the Afghanistan conflict.
However with the draw down in coalition activity in the country; with more FOBs and bases being handed over to the Afghan National Army and Police or closed down in preperation for the planned 2014 drawdown in NATO combat operations. With that being said it doesn’t mean our boys and girls have just upped and left the country, leaving the Afghans to fend for themselves, instead they’re sliding into a supporting role providing help in planning operations and training future Afghan soldiers.
With this step down in combat operations, one thing that has become more apparent in the press releases we get is those who aren’t already back in England with their families and friends, are having what fun they can have with their Afghan counterparts; a far cry from a few years back when there was a massive air of distrust with the Taliban finding themselves in the ranks of the Afghan National Police.
One of the stories that really caught my eye this month and stories that have kept popping up over the last few months is the universal power of sport. In the past members of the UK and American Armed Forces have competed against Afghan soldiers in a mixture of sports such as Football, Rugby, American Football and most recently Cricket, and with that in mind this month we took a look at the recent cricket match between 4RIFLES and the Afghan National Army.
Another story hot on the presses at the moment is the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Program, a program that has seen the long overdue scrap of the Universal Combat Pattern; a pattern that has already been replaced in theatre by MultiCam. We take a look at whether we think UCP was a colossal waste of money and whether that money could’ve been better spent elsewhere!
On top of that we have the usual mix of features you all love and read including a look at what core strength is and how to improve it in Fighting Fit, we talk to communication gurus Talking Headsets in On Patrol, and our Special Report saw us get boots on the ground at Europe’s biggest military show, DSEI!
We’d also like to sincerely apologise to a budding blogger by the name of ‘Ariegeboy’. Our Gear Up feature run last month on Grphyon Deftech included some of his photography – You can see more of his feature at media-snipe-info.net.
To all of you out there, stay healthy, stay happy, but most of all stay safe!