The Irish Guards are holding an evening in aid of their appeal on 21st July at National Geographic Society plus receptions 30 for info The Irish Guards 1 Ahem! You mean Irish Guards Afghanistan Experience 2 Location: Royal Geographical Society, Kensington , London 3 4 Time: 6:00PM Thursday, July 21st Note: The National Geographic Society is in America. eodmatt, Fellow.
RGS (with IBG) Yes that’s it. Complicated getting tickets though been trying to copy and paste from facebook to here how to but failing Hope this helps: Operation HERRICK 13 The Irish Guards in Afghanistan Thursday 21st July 2011 Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London 5 6 An evening in aid of the Irish Guards Appeal The Commanding Officer will lead a team of speakers from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, in a presentation on the Battalion s tour in Helmand which took place between September 2010 – April 2011. It will be followed by a reception.
The presentation will bring the tour to life and will explain the two distinct roles that the Micks found themselves fulfilling in Helmand mentoring the Afghan National Army and providing ground holding companies. The Exhibition road doors will open at 1800 and the lecture will start at 1830. It will last for approximately an hour and will be followed by a Q&A session.
There will be an operational multiple present also, carrying the kit and equipment that the modern infantryman uses in Afghanistan. The reception is expected to run from 2000 2200 hrs. The venue has a capacity of 500 people; we anticipate substantial overbooking so Quis members are advised to book early.
Guests are more than welcome and there is no limit on the number of tickets one can purchase. Tickets will cost 30 per person with all proceeds going to the Irish Guards Appeal ( http://www.irishguardsappe al.com/ 7 ). Booking: 1.To book tickets, please pay the money into the following account.
You can make an electronic transfer online, pay over the counter or pay over the phone. a.The bank s contact details are as follows: i. Website: http://www.rbs.co.uk/holts .ashx 8 ii.
Phone: 01252 893 962 b.The account details are: i.Name : Irish Guards Post Afghanistan Lectures Fund iiSort Code : 16-19-26 iiiAccount Number : 10874149 Please ensure you add your name as a reference to the payment and please email Maj Robert Money to let him know that you have paid [email protected] 9 The alternative is to send a cheque to Maj R P Money, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, Victoria Barracks, Sheet Street, WINDSOR, SL4 4HQ along with your contact details. Please only use this method as a last resort as time is short! Once you have paid, Maj Money will be in touch, letting you know your name has been added to the guest list that will be with the ushers on the door.
There will be no physical tickets, just a simple list of names on the door.
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Article from the Canadian Press: OTTAWA The apparent suicides of two soldiers in Western Canada have spawned at least one police investigation and more questions about the military s practice of discharging troops deemed medically unfit for service. Both soldiers, who died in separate incidents, had ties to Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. Neither has been identified.
One of the soldiers, a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry, was found dead Tuesday at home just outside of the base. A defence official says RCMP are investigating and it appears that the soldier killed himself. In the other case, a soldier who was transferred over the summer from CFB Shilo to a reserve unit in Lethbridge, Alta., was found in distress last Friday at a local corrections centre, and died in hospital on Monday.
That member belonged to the 20th Independent Field Battery; Alberta s Justice Department referred questions to the military. Lori Truscott, a Canadian Forces public affairs officer in Shilo, said the military is reviewing the circumstances of both deaths, but did not indicate whether military police were involved or which defence agency was leading the probe. Officials at National Defence confirmed that neither soldier was assigned to the military s joint personnel support units, which are supposed to prepare the wounded to either return to their front-line units or be discharged from the military.
The soldier in Shilo, who was in his early 30s, was on track to be released from the military, said a close friend of the victim. Cpl. Glen Kirkland, who has fought a high-profile battle with National Defence on behalf of soldiers being medically discharged against their will, says he spoke with his friend within the last two weeks.
I don t know what to say. It s crushing, absolutely crushing, Kirkland told The Canadian Press in an interview Wednesday. The soldier, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, asked about the post-release procedure to access benefits through Veterans Affairs Canada and was upset about not being able to collect a pension, Kirkland said.
Aside from being in the infantry, Kirkland s friend had only worked on a farm with horses and didn t feel qualified to do anything else. He said: What am I going to do? How am I going to feed my family?
Kirkland said about their last conversation. I kept telling him, We ll have to figure something out. Aside from dealing with medical concerns, one of the most serious stresses for those leaving the military is fear of the unknown that comes with potential job retraining and the financial uncertainty that accompanies it.
I can t speak on behalf of these guys because I don t know what was going through their heads, but when their potential earnings and everything is limited, the financial stress on these people is just outrageous, said Kirkland. Since testifying before a House of Commons committee last spring, Kirkland has been sought out by a number of troubled soldiers, some of whom have talked about suicide because they were about to be discharged. Kirkland, who was wounded in a 2008 Taliban bombing that killed three comrades, told the committee he was being forced out of the army before he qualified for a military pension.
His plea to stay was answered by former defence minister Peter MacKay with a pledge he could remain until September 2015, but the offer was exclusive to him and he decided to leave rather than be singled out. He was in the spotlight again a few weeks ago when similar cases emerged. Defence Minister Rob Nicholson insisted that no one is being summarily let go and that each soldier is prepared for their transition to civilian life.
The military is doing its best and really does care, but it is handcuffed by politics and a bureaucratic policy that discards injured soldiers, Kirkland said.
All these politicians saying they stand behind the troops, and nothing gets done, he said.
They are absolute cowards.
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Did heroism on the battlefield die out in 1945? If you watch British films that is exactly what you would think. There hasn t been a single British feature film portraying events in a contemporary war.
We intend to rectify that with the production of Kajaki and we need your help to do it. WHY INDIEGOGO? When we announced the project in the summer and began to build up our Facebook community we were inundated with offers to help people wanting to know what they could do to get this film made from offers of training the actors, being extras, teaching us how to look the part and finally people wanting to know how they could support the project financially.
With such a groundswell of support, we realised that we could use a platform like Indiegogo to build our fan-base and engage directly with them. The film s budget is just under 1million, and with a mixture of crowd-funding, tax breaks and private equity we will achieve that. Your support here will make that happen.
THE PROMISE Every pound raised through this crowd funding will be matched with a pound from the film s income (after costs) to be given to military charities such as the Afghanistan Trust. Your contribution will: Bring this story to the screen Pay tribute to the bravery of a new generation of soldiers Remind the public of the sacrifices they have made in our name Generate income for military charities Provide a rallying call for further fund raising THE FILM Kajaki tells the compelling true story of what happened to a British Army company stationed at Kajaki Dam in Helmand in September 2006. It s a story of amazing courage, of ordinary guys in extraordinary circumstances, and of the kind of terrifying situation that the men and women of the modern British Army are finding themselves in.
Based on first hand accounts, it s a story that has yet to be told. THE STORY Kajaki Dam, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
6th September 2006. A small unit of soldiers is dug into a ridge overlooking the dam.
A sniper patrol sets out to disable a Taliban roadblock. In a dried out river bed at the foot of the ridge, a young British sniper detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg and setting into motion a desperate rescue mission. His fellow soldiers come to get him out, only to find themselves trapped in a minefield.
With no way out, any movement risks certain injury and possible death. One by one the hidden enemy takes its toll. KAJAKI the movie follows several British soldiers on one harrowing day during their six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2006.
It was the day of days when young men, the lads from next door, discovered levels of bravery and selflessness they never knew they had and ultimately became heroes. WHY I HAVE TO MAKE THIS FILM Director, Paul Katis There s a particular genre of film called a monster in the house movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat to very last frame. Jaws is a shining example or more recently Paranormal Activity.
It relies on a hidden enemy that can strike at any time and the desperate ploys of the film s heroes in trying to escape it. Reading the reports of what happened at Kajaki is just like watching such a movie. Combine this with the fact that is all true and you have a very special story to tell.
But more than that, the setting is a war. Whatever the rights and wrongs of being in Afghanistan, few of us can help but be overwhelmed by the bravery of the young men and women who have responded to the call. If the Americans can celebrate that, why can t we?
I want to see British grit and humour under pressure and hear British banter for once. If you do too, then help us make it happen. Thanks.
THE FILM MAKERS Paul Katis (Director) and Tom Williams (Writer) have been making low budget films with big ambition for ten years. They share an interest in genre based storytelling that can bring insightful and rewarding stories to a wider audience. Paul is an extremely versatile award-winning director with extensive experience of a wide range of genres.
As well as short films, he has worked in TV & Commercial Film production for over fifteen years and in that time has amassed a wealth of credits and experience. Tom s first produced script was the 2011 romantic comedy CHALET GIRL, directed by Phil Traill and starring Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields and Bill Bailey. He has written scripts on commission for numerous British production companies over the last ten years.
As well as KAJAKI, Tom is currently working on an action film for TV star Bear Grylls, a BASE jumping thriller, a big budget romantic comedy and a sitcom. Gareth Ellis-Unwin is the film s Executive Producer. Gareth is an Oscar and BAFTA winning producer who brings many years of experience producing award winning films, including the critically-acclaimed THE KINGS SPEECH, winner of seven BAFTAs and four Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Gareth has worked closely with both Tom and Paul previously and adds real weight to the production of this important and ambitious film.
If you want to contact the film-making team about being more closely involved in the financing and wish to know more about the EIS opportunities then please call 020 7866 0000 or email email@example.com.
Visit the website for more details and to make your contribution: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kajaki-a-modern-british-war-film 1 References ^ http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kajaki-a-modern-british-war-film (www.indiegogo.com)
KAJAKI A MODERN BRITISH WAR FILM Afghanistan Trust …
From almost the first moment that International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) boots stepped onto the sand and soil of central Helmand province, the MSSG have been instrumental in winning the hearts and minds of its people. Their role has been described by some as unique. It has certainly been complex, and fluid.
Ultimately their central purpose has been to provide the link between the citizens of Helmand province and their government, a convention that simply did not exist in any meaningful way in the early days. As civilian-led Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) from government departments such as the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence began the arduous and dangerous task of bringing stability to the war-torn province, it was the MSSG who were their eyes and ears on the ground, giving them access to places and people that otherwise they could not reach. At first, MSSG teams spent most of their time following in the wake of fire fights, paying immediate compensation for damage to crops, buildings and ditches.
They would take over land and compounds needed by ISAF and report back to the PRTs, helping them to focus on local needs and on projects that would bring stabilisation and development where it was most needed. As these projects took shape the MSSG would monitor progress, forging links with the locals and building up databases of trustworthy contractors. Since then the MSSG has been instrumental in every step of the journey which has led to the citizens of central Helmand being able to lead normal lives, enjoying safety provided by their own security forces, and making their own decisions about their future delivered by their own system of government.
Ian Carr speaks with Major Will Miller (left) and Captain Matt Eade Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright Over the last 2 years, MSSG s role has been about signposting. Major Will Miller, who was based at Lashkar Gah during Herrick 18, explains: When we were training for our deployment we were told we would be doing no more build projects, and little in support of operations. We would be going out on the ground when necessary, but instead of doing the projects to support the locals we d be signposting them to whichever Afghan government department should be delivering the work.
The MSSG would then report the situation to the PRTs, who could liaise with the relevant department to make sure they were fully aware of the situation. The PRT would give us the overview of what the government departments should be doing, and what they were supposed to be providing to the projects, so we could then match that to what we were seeing on the ground. Now, government money is flowing down from Kabul and into departments who are putting together proper plans for expenditure, which means that, at the provincial level, the Afghans can prioritise their own projects, allocate resources and place contracts with approved contractors who have had time to demonstrate their quality of work and relative trustworthiness.
Afghan workers using traditional construction techniques Picture: Grahame Hunter With elected district community councils in place, holding those in power to account for spend and progress on projects, much of the stabilisation work of the MSSG and the PRTs is nearing an end. During Herrick 18, most of the team s time was spent bringing to an end the last major build project, Orthodox Build Earthworks (OBE), and in closing or handing over patrol bases. Major Miller said: I d say around 40% of the team have been working on the OBE project.
OBEs are not part of the Helmand budget, the money is injected right at the source where it is needed. OBEs are buildings made out of mud and constructed using traditional building techniques, so that they can be easily maintained by local builders. They can be anything from a small checkpoint for 4 or 5 men to compounds for as many as 100 army or police personnel.
There are virtually no operational maintenance costs for the buildings. They have thick walls so they are warm in winter and cool in summer, so they don t need air conditioning. Major Miller said: We put mechanical wells in, hand-pumped, so there s no need for electricity.
Closing bases and handing back land and compounds that ISAF have been using is not as simple as it may seem. It s not just a case of handing over the keys and saying to the new owners we hope you will be as happy here as we have been . To start with, after decades of conflict and upheaval, how do you know to whom you should be handing the keys?
An Afghan worker uses traditional adobe blocks during a construction project in Helmand province Picture: Grahame Hunter Even when the base is being handed over to a government department, it can be far from straightforward. Take the Lashkar Gah main operating base. The Ministries of Education and of Finance and the district governor each believe it should go to them.
Claims can even be made on buildings that didn t exist before ISAF erected them. To find out who owns what we engage with local communities, consult our ISAF registry, and PRT legal experts search through whatever documentation there might be, said Major Miller. Decisions about ownership of agricultural land are often made by the district governor, but disputes go through the courts to establish proper ownership.
With that tricky issue out of the way, the next thing to sort out is the payment for any damage that might have taken place. If we have built a base on land that could mean we had to put in force protection measures, which might mean knocking down a compound on the edge of the base. We would then have to either pay compensation or arrange for that compound to be rebuilt, said Major Miller.
We d call the owner in, hopefully with records of what it was like before, and say right, this is what it is now; this is what we are going to do . The engineers will remediate the site but we the MSSG will be there to determine if there are any valid damage claims to be made. An Afghan worker using traditional construction techniques Picture: Grahame Hunter As bases close and, with reconstruction work increasingly in the hands of the local population, so the numbers of the MSSG are reducing.
At one time there were as many as 50 MSSG personnel working in teams of 6. On the previous Herrick there were 27. I brought out 16 who were split between 4 locations.
By the end of August that will drop to 7. And when the OBE project is complete there will be no further requirement, said Major Miller. In September we will be handing over to the next Herrick, who will have a team of just 4.
The PRT will move its headquarters away from Lashkar Gah and establish itself in Camp Bastion and the plan is that the MSSG will continue until probably March 2014, with a contingency to hold over for a month or 2 if necessary, supporting Task Force Helmand by providing stabilisation information. As the drawdown rumbles on, ironically the MSSG have found themselves engaged in similar tasks to those they performed in the early days, organising the repair of infrastructure, and mending culverts and simple bridges broken as heavy ISAF vehicles return kit to Camp Bastion. It s the damage you would expect from bringing heavy loads along roads that were not designed to take them, said Major Miller.
If we break something we have to fix it. Afghan workers using traditional construction techniques Picture: Grahame Hunter So, as combat troops move out, the MSSG s footprint is being replaced by Afghan boots. But they will not be leaving unthanked.
Knowing that some of the MSSG staff that they had been working closely with would soon be leaving, a group of the main Afghan contractors asked if they could organise a farewell party for them. We had them all sitting around this table, said MSSG s planner, Captain Matt Eade. An Afghan colonel turned up too.
They had all brought food and we had a little party. They exchanged gifts, plaques and certificates of appreciation. It was a bit like the Oscars.
But there was genuine friendship. The colonel made a speech thanking us for helping them to provide a future for the people of Helmand province, and then everyone thanked everyone else. It was nice.
Tough nuts though the troops of the MSSG are, they, just like the rest of us, like to hear their efforts have made a difference and have been appreciated: The kinetics have now quietened down, said Major Miller. The government departments are functioning. I think the OBEs are our legacy, and they will provide the infrastructure for maintaining security for many years.
I think we should be proud of that, and of our part in it.
This report by Ian Carr features in the November 2013 issue of Defence Focus 1 – the magazine for everyone in defence.
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On Friday, The Duke of Cambridge will attend a ceremony and issue Operational Service Medals to soldiers of No.
2 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards who were deployed to Afghanistan this past year. In October of this year, soldiers of Number 2 Company of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, returned from Helmand in Afghanistan. The Company served on Operation Herrick for six months.
During a Company Medals Parade, Prince William will bestow the medals to the recipients as well as meet with their families after the ceremony. Based in Mons Barracks in Aldershot, the Irish Guards are one of the 5 Foot Guards regiments that guard The Queen and one of the 7 that make up the Household Division. As well as the Irish Guards, other Foot Guards regiments in the Household Division include the Grenadier Guards, the Coldstream Guards, the Scots Guards, and the Welsh Guards.
Although the Guards perform ceremonial duties, they are infantry soldiers first and guarding the Sovereign is considered an important part of their duties. In 1900 the regiment was created by command of Queen Victoria in acknowledgement of the bravery performed during the Second Boer War by Irish soldiers. Taken from the Order of St.
Patrick, the order of chivalry which was established by King George III, the regiment s motto is Quis Separabit meaning Who shall separate us. Each year on St. Patrick s Day a shamrock is given to guards in the regiment.
The 1st battalion is comprised of five companies. Part of the regiment s role was to mentor Afghan National Army soldiers during their tour in Afghanistan. Prince William has been Colonel of the Irish Guards since 2011 and wore the uniform of the Irish Guards to his wedding in 2011.
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26 Nov 2013 14:41 1 Nearly 200 troops from the 1st Battalion (1RRF) have landed back on British soil after a six-month tour in Afghanistan Thousands lined the streets of Leamington this afternoon to welcome home our heroes from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Nearly 200 troops from the 1st Battalion (1RRF) have landed back on British soil after a six-month tour in Afghanistan and the appreciation and pride in our boys and girls of the armed forces was clear for all to see at a homecoming parade through the town this afternoon. Beaming family and friends were among those cheering the soldiers as they marched along the packed streets and onwards to the Town Hall where history was made when 1RRF became the first troops to be granted the Freedom of Warwick District.
Royal Regiment of Fusiliers parade The soldiers included members of The Colours, Corps of Drums and Military Band who also lined up for an impeccable inspection, before the finale of a civic reception.
Their celebrated homecoming parade follows their latest stint in Afghanistan where they helped support the transition of security responsibility to the Afghan national security forces.
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