I write these final thoughts as I sit in the departure lounge at Camp Bastion airfield in Afghanistan drinking my last cup of coffee, watching the European Football on tv and with England just losing to South Africa in the rugby, my flight again is delayed, got to love the RAF at times even though they do an amazing job and got me out of the patrol base (PB) to be here right now writing this.
But as I write, a million words and thoughts are going through my head, mixed emotions and the constant discussion of the ‘what if’s’ and ‘so what’s’ raging inside my head as I battle for the last time in the desert confines of Camp Bastion.
Project Afghan is coming to an end, of that I can do nothing about, I think I did my best in the way I portrayed my and our lives out here In the tribal wastelands of Helmand Provence, from the day to day things we do, how we live, sleep, work and fight to make sure each day isn’t our last, the images used for each post show a record of the War in Afghanistan from a normal soldiers view, each post written to describe the emotions we have, how we live our daily lives and through to the messages posted by the young men from B Company 3 Rifles, who will continue to stay behind once I have left and continue the work of making the transition of power to the people of Afghanistan all that more closer and a reality worth fighting for. So I hope you have enjoyed our journey through what was for me just under 3 months and will continue to support all those still out there.
For me though I’m starting my journey home, soon I will feel the drop in temperature from 40 degrees plus to around 12 degrees, clean air, rain, green grass, family, friends, more rain and all those that have followed me via the blog and on Facebook. But as I leave I feel saddened that I cannot continue the blog for the duration of the 6 months, there would and could have been some more amazing images and blog posts to come, of that I’m sure, but mainly that I cannot be there to share the despair, humour and humility that makes a A British Soldier stand out from other nations, so I wish each and every serviceman and woman that is still serving in Afghanistan my thoughts and to come home safe.
To you all at home and to you all that have followed the my blog, I thank you all for your support over my last 3 months, without you all, the blog wouldn’t have been worthwhile, so thank you from me.
But to all those in 3 Rifles and to those especially in B Company 3 Rifles, be safe, be strong and be Swift and Bold, I’ll see you soon in Edinburgh for that beer we all deserve.
Regards Project Afghan.