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I'm going to Afghanistan!

Greg James | 15:31 UK time, Monday, 26 November 2012

Good afternoon!


Starting on 10th December, I'll be doing my show LIVE from Afghanistan in the run up to Christmas.  I love a challenge and it'll be fascinating to see how the Armed Forces go about their daily business.  I'll be reporting back to you all every day from 4pm UK time.  The idea is to spread a bit of Christmas goodwill and make sure we don't forget that over the festive season, a lot of people are away from their families and need a bit of a distraction.  I can be that distraction! The Forces' Sweetheart!

We will once again be joining forces with BFBS (The British Forces Broadcasting Service) and I'll be live on Radio 1 AND across Afghanistan too.

I think a lot of us are guilty of being slightly ignorant to what actually goes on in 'Camp Bastion' and all these other places - my job will be to de-mystify some of these things and speak to the people that make it all happen in various parts of the country whether it be Bastion or the other military bases in Helmand Province.

I cannot WAIT!

This is how I imagine I'll be dropped off.


  • Comment number 1.

    Ive just heard you announce the news, and it made me smile alot! My boyfriend is currently there and will be happy radio 1 are going hes missing his music alot! If you meet him bring him home with you! Cfn michael gordon! Enjoy gregg!

  • Comment number 2.

    Hey well done you, I'm sure the guys there will love the distraction. If you get 5 mins Please find my other half Staff Sergeant Donnie Robertson, 29 Regt and send him my love. Its our first Christmas together, and we are apart :-( Thanks Gregg, Vicki xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Driving home in the pouring rain tonight with a smile on my face, after 3 tours of afghan and 24 years service. I was out there with Westwood last time. Having you guys report from afghan seeing day to day life and reporting back to the peopl

  • Comment number 4.

    My 18th is on the 10th of December but I can tell you all I will want to do that day is listen to the radio to see how our troops are doing. My big brother is out there and has been for 3 months, hopefully you will be broadcasting somewhere near his camp! Have fun Gregg!

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  • Comment number 6.

    dude, will you be in kabul?! if so, find 'the go-between goat' on facebook (it's a page/blog) and get the other side of the action from the work she does as a humanitarian aid worker!

  • Comment number 7.

    Gregory, Gregory, Gregory - how my heart fluttered when I heard you were heading over to 'The Sandpit'!
    My favourite Radio 1 DJ visiting my favourite place to work! I begrudingly returned to the UK April 2011 at the end of my contract after just over 3 fabulous years in Kandahar (about 40 mins flight from CB) and loved every bit of it!
    You will have a great time as the will the troops (having you in their 'territory'!)
    Its cold in the Winter so dont forget to pack your winter woolies as well as a self-deprecating sense of humour as I'm sure the lads and lasses of our superb British Forces will subject you to a taster of what I think partly makes up that which is great!
    Enjoy your time out there, you will be well looked after and if you happen to get a rocket attack during your stay, make sure you 'man up', remember your immediate actions on a rocket attack drills (which Im sure you will be advised on!) and try not to scream like a little girl or you will never live it down ;-)
    Luv ya Mr James - keep up the good work! :-)

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Greg, this is a great thing you are doing... If you get a spare moment please could you give a shout out / say hello to my sister - Corporal Katie Van- der- Woning and all the guys on 7 FP WNG, Bastion Security Squadron!
    This is her second tour of Aghan and she will be away for Christmas. If you could wish her a merry Christmas and let her know how much we miss her - muchly obliged, Lottie x

  • Comment number 9.

    Nice one Greg, the Radio One team and the BFBS. I'm sure you'll all be interested in official war artist Derek Eland's blogspot: http://inourownwordsafghanistan.blogspot.co.uk/ "For those on the front line of the war in Afghanistan, the triviality of reality TV must be the last thing on their minds. But when artist Derek Eland took a series of Big Brother-style Diary Rooms to them for a month, determined to capture the innermost thoughts of those involved with the conflict, the response he got was staggering ..."

  • Comment number 10.

    My Brother is the solider who is featured in your Advert for your trip to Afghan. When you are there will you be doing interviews with family members? Also if you meet him can you make sure you get a picture with him and Bonkers who is his army mascot PLEASE. xx

  • Comment number 11.

    Hey that's my niece Emma who posted before me, and its my nephew Zak in the trailer for your trip. It was a surprise to hear him on the radio, it will be great if you catch up with him and bonkers when you are there we will all be listening and bonkers has a new Christmas outfit (if its arrived). Hope you get to meet them both xx

  • Comment number 12.

    my 2 sons are in afganistan over christmas we miss them and wish they were back here for christmas but are so proud of them and wishing all out there a happy christmas

  • Comment number 13.

    My son is currently out there, i have sent you txt to pass message onto him.
    Good on you greg for going out there to do your bit for our lads and lasses they are doing every body proud....it just shows we have the best forces goin and no matter what gets chucked at them they will always do it without complaint.
    My son is pte Sean Howick in RLC if he drops by to say hello, tell him we love him and can't wait to see him on 29th Dec... all I want for xmas is my boy home safe like every parent and partner wants...

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello!! I think it's awesome what you are doing, it will give them all a massive morale boost, and it will be great to hear what they're up to. If you see Pte Stanley on your travels please tell him he is missed loads and can't wait to see him when his tour finishes next year. Thanks Greg!! x x

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Greg,

    Please could you mention our friend SAC Tori Venmore-Rowland on your Drivetime show next week, if possible dedicate a song for her..... Marilyn Manson "The Fight Song" would be perfect as she was learning it on her drums before she left the UK, i understand that might not be the sort of song for Drivetime ;) so alternatively any song by the band "Hinder". Tori is based at Kandahar, it is her first tour of Afghan. Been a tough year for her and her husband Luke, he was deployed for 3 months earlier this year so they have had 6 months apart in 2012. I know it would be a moral boost for her & Luke to know were thinking of them. Cheers James and Lara.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi, please please please could you send my love to cpl James Brown of 15 squadron, RAF reg, who is on his second tour to Afghanistan!! We love and miss him so much! And if at all possible play the power of love for us, many thanks, Lisa and Logan xx

  • Comment number 17.

    I am really proud what you are doing Greg and I am even more proud of our troops that are out there right now and i have lots of respect and they make me proud to say that i am british all because of them brave people.

  • Comment number 18.

    I lost my Dad 16 and a half years ago when I was a baby while in battle and he spent his last Christmas away from us in Bosnia. Means a lot that you can go and lift the morale there Greg, have fun and stay safe! X



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