Armed Forces Day: thoughts from Afghanistan
Happy Armed Forces Day to all our followers from around the world who, every day, leave such positive comments on this website, or on Twiter and Facebook; your continued support for what we are doing in Afghanistan and the progress we are making is vital.
Your support for Armed Forces Day is also important and means a lot to us all; here are some of the comments from the troops currently serving on Op HERRICK.
Trooper Adrian Tappin is a 22 year old soldier from Oxford. He is currently serving in Afghanistan as a CVR(T) driver in A Squadron, 9th/12th Royal Lancers.
“Out here in Afghanistan, knowing that the public back home is supporting the troops means an awful amount and having days like AFD gives the public an insight as to what we are doing out here and at the same time lets us know that we are being supported for our hard, yet rewarding work.”
Lt Col James de Labillière DSO MBE, 40, Commanding Officer 1 RIFLES, based in Chepstow.
“I think Armed Forces Day is a good way to promote the work of the Armed Forces as public support means an awful lot, along with support from family and friends. However Armed Forces Day is just of the many ways of showing support for Servicemen: rather than being fêted for a single day our Servicemen should be supported and celebrated all year round because of the importance of their work and the benefit that it brings to the community; a Rifleman is for life, not just for Armed Forces Day.”
WO1 (RSM) Adrian Farmer, RSM 1 RIFLES, based in Chepstow.
“Armed Forces Day provides a great opportunity for the public to show their support for those serving. Seeing and knowing that we have the support and confidence of the people at home is a great morale boost, especially when you are on operations, and the support of communities closer to home gives our families a boost knowing that our absence is appreciated by those beyond the battalion and regimental family.”
Gemma Sheldon is a Royal Navy Medical Assistant from the Close Support Medical Regiment. The 29 year old from Tamworth in Staffordshire is currently attached to 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) on a six month tour of Afghanistan.
“The support of the public means a lot. It is always nice to know that the public are behind us and thinking about us in a place like this. I think AFD is a great opportunity for people to show their support and with all the different events it is a good opportunity for the forces to show off what we do too. There can be a lot of bad press for the forces and it is nice to know people are behind us. We are just doing our job after all.”
Trooper Michael Weir is serving with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Helmand province. The 21 year old from Largs is a Jackal driver.
“AFD is great for my mates to be able to learn a bit about being in the Army and what it is like to be here in Afghanistan and it is really cool to see the amount of respect that is paid to soldiers both now and in the past.”