News story: Faith on the front line in Afghanistan

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Ministry of Defence said:
Reverend Stuart Hallam is one of only a handful of commando-trained chaplains in the Royal Navy.
Ministry on the front line in Afghanistan is a little different to the normal parish duties expected of a clergyman back in the UK, as Reverend Hallam explained:
Operations tend to focus the mind and, for many UK serving personnel, faith and spirituality, so often neglected at home, start to become more important. Many people find themselves asking very deep and searching questions about their own beliefs and values.
Reverend Hallam is currently serving a 3-month tour of duty as the chaplain to the Joint Aviation Group based at Camp Bastion in Helmand province:
Part of my role is to help deployed personnel to explore what is important to them and also act as a sounding board. In the Royal Navy the chaplain is the ‘friend and advisor’ to all, regardless of whether people are traditionally religious or not. It’s my role to get alongside them and to help look after their general well-being.
As well as the usual round of Sunday services, Reverend Hallam also supports those personnel who are struggling with personal issues. He said:
Time away from family and friends is always hard to cope with, but when events happen either at home or in theatre then things can really become stressful and I am here to be a ‘shoulder to cry on’ and to give help and support where it is needed most.
Back in the UK, Reverend Hallam serves as the chaplain to the Commando Helicopter Force, based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset.
And this isn’t Reverend Hallam’s first time in Afghanistan:
I was last here in 2008 with 40 Commando Royal Marines and what has been really fascinating during this tour is to see just how things have changed since then, particularly to see how the Afghan National Security Forces are now taking the lead across the board – something that’s great to see.
And the highlight… I get the ‘God Quad’ to ride around on!


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I remember seeing a documentary shortly after the Falklands war. There was a bit on one of the ships travelling down when the Paras chaplain came into one of the rooms (cabins?) where the Paras were cleaning weapons, doing press-ups, gonking etc.

He said, "Listen in. I'm going to be holding a communion service here in ten minutes. Those not interested **** off".
 
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That's freaky as my father is very good friends with him from his time at Pirbright 89-92. Apparently Basil was well known for wandering through the lines shit-faced and singing Onward Christian Soldiers! If Basil is an Arsser he will remember me for vomiting over the buffet at a dining out in 92. I was 3 or 4 at the time and projectile vomited everywhere after eating myself sick on the chocolate fountain.
 
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Please, please, please tell me it was just at the point when he was saying, ".... and out of the strong came forth sweetness."
{Judges 14:14}
 
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That's freaky as my father is very good friends with him from his time at Pirbright 89-92. Apparently Basil was well known for wandering through the lines shit-faced and singing Onward Christian Soldiers!
He also rode a Norton Black Shadow, very fast and with screwed front forks, every time he got pulled he would unwrap his scarf and show his dog collar.
 
#12
He also rode a Norton Black Shadow, very fast and with screwed front forks, every time he got pulled he would unwrap his scarf and show his dog collar.
Bloody deluded fool...there is no god.

What's more important is there is no such thing as a "Norton Black Shadow"... It would have been a Vincent.

Unless of course it was a 'Norvin' special...but then the forks would not have been screwed...'Road Holders' last for eternity... :)
 
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Bloody deluded fool...there is no god.

What's more important is there is no such thing as a "Norton Black Shadow"... It would have been a Vincent.

Unless of course it was a 'Norvin' special...but then the forks would not have been screwed...'Road Holders' last for eternity... :)
Not being a biker I bow to superior knowledge!
 

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