Sunday, September 27, 2009

Grandfather is oldest member of Armed Forces to battle Taliban.. at 54 - Mirror

A grandfather who was decorated for bravery in the Falklands War has become the oldest member of the Armed Forces to go to war in Afghanistan - at the age of 54.

Lieutenant Commander Bill O'Brien, a Royal Navy pilot who won the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) in the 1982 conflict, is now flying Apache attack helicopters in Helmand.

The married dad-of-three retired from regular service four years ago but remained a Navy reservist. He decided to return to the frontline because he had an "itch to scratch".

Speaking from Camp Bastion at the start of a three-month tour last night, he said: "I believe I have a contribution to make - there's some life in the old dog yet!

"The intensity is greater than I was expecting. It's fullon all the time. But we're here to support the guys on the ground. We're here to support the Afghan people. The job needs to be done properly and I believe I can make some small contribution to that."

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1 comment:

  1. We Continue to Send or Prayers and Blessing to All The Fighting Forces.I Live in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania,USA.The G-20 Looks Hopeful,there was much more stated locally than Worldly.Seem to be a more probuild-up of Troops some 40,000 plus.Also,a plan for Iran is in place.Wanting answers by P-5{UK,FR,Germ,Russia,China,USA}Russia making strong statements against Iran and follow with the plan.China is still wavering.The City did well with Hosting G-20!The Strong Security Presence made a prosperous difference with only 110 arrest,minimal damage,and a peaceful protest of 8000 with out incident.Protester's then picnic in local park with food,music,and No arrest.Well its Football Time.God Bless You All and Your Families."GO STEELERS" Lawrence