Just had to repost this awesome collection of key fobs & lanyards using our Rose skull beads! #repost@vegvisir_creations
My Key/Gear Lanyard visions & Zipper Pulls/Key Fobs: Black Paracord with Reflective Stripe & Imperial Red Paracord, Schmuckatelli Rose Skull (Plated Hematite, Antique Rhodium/Antique Gold, Antique Gold/Rhodium), ITW C.L.A.S.H. (MP-5 Submachine Gun Sling) Hook, Black Stainless Steel Key Ring. Al Mar Knives Warrior, Taliban Hunting Club Patch 💥
This photo was taken around this time in October 2008, hours later I was wounded in an explosion that was targeting my platoon on return from our patrol that day.
I was evacuated by a dedicated team of soldiers from my company quickly back to a safe location where I would await the extraction helicopter 🚁
My wounds were not severe only bits of shrapnel had entered my body luckily but it still meant a full extraction back to the UK to be dealt with properly.
I never really understood how this event and others changed me until experiencing the last 2 years of my life.
I was lucky on this day but never took advantage of it to become more of a positive influence. I slowly became a negative influence in life.
Now though things are different, I am happy, I am positive and through the adversity I have faced I am more resilient than ever.
Thank you for the support you give me, thank you for reaching out when you need help and I am always here if someone needs to talk.
September 2008 suns up, guns up! We affectionately named the mountain in the background Mount Doom. Rumour was there were hundreds of Taliban fighters living in the caves under it desperate to come out and kill us. Spoiler: they never did!
2008 #afghanistan a warrior armoured fighting vehicle engaging enemy positions with its 30mm cannon during a contact from a platoon house in the #musaquala area of operations.
The Warrior whilst at times consumes man hours to service and repair proved itself in battle time and time again.
The warrior allows the dismounts in the back to get up close and personal very quickly.
In 2012 I was honoured to be awarded the Most Outstanding Soldier award at the sun military awards.
I was extremely humbled to have been chosen and voted for by many for this accolade.
None of the awards I have received though would have happened if I didn’t have the fantastic support, professionalism and determination of the team I had around me.
Whilst I may have been the individual that was singled out my team around me were fearless and professional throughout an arduous operational tour of Afghanistan.
To this day I am very grateful of everything that the guys did to support me as their leader not only on that day but throughout the entire deployment.
These awards were as much there’s as mine. #brotherhood •
Taking a minute to check on the blokes who are out in all round defence after contact with the enemy.
As a leader it is important to take time out to check on your team to ensure that they’re ok and to reassure that the situation is under control.