Senior UK officer in Afghanistan completes tour

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
Lieutenant General Sir Nick Parker, the most senior British officer in Afghanistan, has finished his year-long deployment as Deputy Commander of NATO and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan.

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#2
So farkin what. Does this put him in line for a few more honours? What about his soldiers?
 

the_boy_syrup

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#4
I've met General Parker a couple of times. He is a top bloke ( and has an account here... ).
 
#5
Does he - now we're really scared.................
 
#7
In a ceremony at ISAF headquarters in Kabul yesterday, United States General David Petraeus, Commander of ISAF forces, presented the British General with a NATO ribbon for his year-long service as well as a US Meritorious Service Medal.
Certainly collecting the bling.
 

udipur

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#8
I suppose that it's impossible that a chap of his stature might accept/wear the gongs for those he commanded?

Now that the cynics creep out of the shadows to post their anonymous tripe...

Mentioning his son... shame on you... more Wimpo_Wimpo to me...
 
#9
Have a go at MoD_RSS for his crap one liner, not the person in the article.... waiting for Deskie comes home from Afghan too, if someone will ever let me go on tour !!
 
#10
Concur with BB
General Parker is a very nice bloke, I met him the year before last and he was a true gent.
And based upon what his family went through when his son Harry became a serious casualty on Herrick I think there is a fair few that have a lot of respect for The General ,Captain Parker and all the family.
Welcome Home Sir.
 
#11
I suppose that it's impossible that a chap of his stature might accept/wear the gongs for those he commanded?
Indeed.

Now that the cynics creep out of the shadows to post their anonymous tripe...
Indeed.

Mentioning his son... shame on you... more Wimpo_Wimpo to me...
Shame on me??

The snide here had a pop at General Parker by implying ("what about his soldiers? ) that he had an easy time out there.

Not only has he had a year in theatre flying the flag for the UKs Armed Forces ( 2 i/c in Afg ) , he has done so at a time when he had a member of his family VSI.

As SLP has put it; welcome home, Sir.
 
#13
There are some pedantic little pricks in this thread.

High ranking officers make the news because they're high ranking officers. Asking "what about his blokes" is like asking "what about the rest of the party" when Cameron or Clegg is mentioned on TV.
 
#14
He was an extremely personable, very down to earth person, often seen eating with everyone else in the DFAC in the HQ. Well thought of here, for a man doing a very difficult job in difficult personal times. I'm delighted to see he's been promoted to 4*.
 

udipur

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#15
Shame on me??

The snide here had a pop at General Parker by implying ("what about his soldiers? ) that he had an easy time out there.

Not only has he had a year in theatre flying the flag for the UKs Armed Forces ( 2 i/c in Afg ) , he has done so at a time when he had a member of his family VSI.

As SLP has put it; welcome home, Sir.
Fair do's - apologies if picked up the wrong end of the stick.

Wouldn't care in a month of Sundays to have gone through what he's had to and I remember meeting him a long time ago and also thinking what a decent bloke he was then - great to see he hasn't changed.
 
#17
Uncle Nick (figure of speech, not my real uncle) - top bloke, was introduced to him at the funeral of a young Rifleman, as said previously nice bloke very down to earth.

Welcome home
 
#18
Indeed.



Indeed.



Shame on me??

The snide here had a pop at General Parker by implying ("what about his soldiers? ) that he had an easy time out there.

Not only has he had a year in theatre flying the flag for the UKs Armed Forces ( 2 i/c in Afg ) , he has done so at a time when he had a member of his family VSI.

As SLP has put it; welcome home, Sir.
Well said BB. I can but imagine the agony he and his family went through with an injured son but the need to press on in his job at the same time.
 
#19
Was he not also acting up as commander of all ISAF forces in Afghanistan before Petreaus took over in like of McCrytals fiasco?
He must have been and credit to him for holding things together as he did.
 
#20
Concur with BB
General Parker is a very nice bloke, I met him the year before last and he was a true gent.
And based upon what his family went through when his son Harry became a serious casualty on Herrick I think there is a fair few that have a lot of respect for The General ,Captain Parker and all the family.
Welcome Home Sir.
Excellent sentiments my friend and very well put on here! I too welcome home General Parker.
 

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