Simply a great article, and it makes you very humble to read of so much effort being put in by so many people to save one strangers life...there could be room for a british equivalnet to Soldier's Angels, seems like a good group...
However the cynic in me can't help feeling that this is exactly what Brown and Ainsworth want to see published to reinforce the "We're a coalition we don't need loads of kit" excuses they use when disscussing AFG
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Two emotions. The one that got me misty eyes was the thought of him on the hard ground in the heat and dust with some very concerned mates around him as he lay dying. The second was awe at this staggeringly huge logistical hand that reached out across the globe and cradled him back to his family.
What a tremendous boost for morale to see how much of an effort is made.
The generosity of the Septics is legendary; that a humble soldier can but dream of a descent Christian burial and yet have the worldâs mightiest nation bend its will to alter what must have been his fate. It may still be his fate but thanks to the Americans not yet and not then.
Look on your works Gordon Brown and despair.
Bless you Michael Yon. The wandering witness.
Michael Yon just seems to have the real knack of pitching every story absolutely right. I truly believe he should get some sort of award/gong for his marvellous reporting.
I'm so glad that your man's on the mend. It certainly wouldn't have happened without the Septics. I know we tend to slag them off a bit now and again, but the fellas really have got their shite together and know how to make things happen. Loadsa grit flying around my desk again. Wonder where that's come from.
Apart from this NHS debacle that their having, I think, what with their now superior COIN knoweldge, the support they get from both public and politicans, and the sheer strength of their forces, I think they've surpassed us - no longer are we 'pound for pound' better than them. That's probably an unpopular view, but it's one i've been arriving at for a long time. Shame, really.
BZ to all the US personel who's efforts meant that that Squaddie survived.