My final thoughts

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.


About robgrimesphotography

Experienced and enthusiastic, I have a real passion for photography that I have gained over the years and that shines through in my pictures and my portfolio. I specialise in capturing those spontaneous moments that we otherwise could lose, either at your wedding or on a relaxed family shoot of your choice. I am always happy to talk about photography, so if you think I might be the right person to take your photographs then give me a ring to discuss your pictures, they are yours after all. Also a full time serving soldier in the Infantry in the British Army, but soon to be leaving the forces after Project Afghan finishes.
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7 Responses to My final thoughts

  1. Simon Watson says:

    Well done guys – really proud of you all. Have a safe flight back and enjoy the beer on the plane!

  2. sharon fordham mother of dan the man fordham b coy 3 rifles says:

    What can I say rob…. Its been a pleasure.emotional at times but compelling. I am sorry to see you and the blog leave but thankyou for what you have given me and my family over the last three months and good luck on your journey in life x

    • robgrimesphotography says:

      It was worth it for making sure you knew your boy and the lads were a fine, just a shame i can’t finish what i started x

  3. Valkyriepics says:

    You did a brilliant job. To follow your blog has been really interesting and exciting. All the best for the future x

  4. Claire Borlase says:

    Well, you are home now experiencing all that you mention and with some vigor. It is hard for us to imagine what life is like for the troops – even now. This blog has been unique and a fantastic insight. I am sure your troop will miss your guidance immensely. As others, I will keep the boys and girls in my thoughts and prayers. This war has not been in vain but we can only pray for the future of the good people of Afghanistan. Well done Rob. Hope to get to meet you sometime…and look forward to that book you are going to write…..aren’t you…..I am sure you mentioned it!! haha.

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