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Good morning Afghanistan!

Greg James | 02:42 UK time, Sunday, 9 December 2012

Good morning lovely people!  I am sat in the 'departure lounge' (hut) at the American Flight Line because today we're visiting another base - Lashkar Gah.  More details on that tomorrow...

LIVE IMAGE OF ME TYPING:

 

So then. Afghanistan.  I'm here and I've had 5 hours sleep since Friday.  We left RAF Brize Norton early on Saturday morning and after a 7 hour flight to a secret location, I met some of the fire fighter chaps and had a little go on the hose whilst we waited for the flight to Camp Bastion.  I had to:

 

 

We then boarded the C17 Globemaster jet to get us to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. 

 

The C17 is an absolute beaut.  Look at it. I want one to travel around in all the time. It feels like the most robust, safe and most importantly cool thing in the world.

 

It's normally used to take tanks, trucks, supplies and even helicopters all over the world but sometimes used to take hundreds of troops.  Imagine a normal jumbo jet with NONE of the comfort, screens, air hostesses or reading lights.  You're sat in a shell and it is insane. A massive thank you to legendary pilot and co-pilot Stubbsy and Chaz and the rest of the crew for inviting us up to the cockpit for takeoff.

Video of this to come...

Below, is me arriving at Camp Bastion as we walked out the back of the plane.  This will be the most surreal week of my life I think.  Only been here a day and met some incredible people and it is SO interesting.

 

Keep checking back on the blog - I'm going to chuck up as much stuff as I can from this week's adventure...
Let me know in the comments below if there's anything you want to see or learn more about and I'll explore!
Ps. This was breakfast.  6am US Marine veggie lasagne. Yum.

 

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Heyy brilliant what you are doing for the lads! If you see LCPL Sands from 1 sqn RAF reg tell him his girls are missing him loads and cannot wait for RnR at end of month to get him home for a few days! Well done greg you will surly boost some moral out there! xx

  • Comment number 2.

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

  • Comment number 3.

    Well Done greg the guys and girls will love having you out there please tell my husband Brian Simpson i miss and love him he works for EFI in camp bastion 1 bar or shop.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hey, what you're doing is so amazing. As to information to find out, it would be really interesting to know more about people's job titles and what they really involve on a day-to-day basis, as well as their emotions to being in Afghanistan, what time their up, when and how long they get to sleep, and what the packaged food tastes like. Again, well done for doing this and I hope you have an incredible time x

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi, hope you're enjoying your time there! My husband Capt. Rob Mathews is serving in Lash.....we love you and miss you loads Rob. Can't wait till RnR. x

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Greg.
    I can't wait to hear more of you from over there. I'd like to hear about how one day in a soldiers life in Afghanistan is. You don't hear a lot about that.
    Thank you for doing that report, it's amazing! Take care.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hey Greg,
    I think its great that ur out there with our boys and girls!! My boyfriend is at Lash serving with 40 commando, can you do a little shout out to 'Bricktop' and the rest of 40 CDO!! Only a few weeks till RnR from sugarlips!!!!

    Cant wait to read more about ur journey x

  • Comment number 8.

    It's great that you're going out to visit everyone. Go up to Air Traffic Control! Enjoy, stay safe.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Greg. Give my best to Lieut Bob Crean and a photo would be great. You will meet him in Lash. Paddy (Bob's dad)

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi what an eye-opener Greg!!! Send all our family's love to L Bdr Singleton and all his comrades, not forgetting all the boys/girls out there from our home town in [Personal details removed by Moderator]. xx

  • Comment number 11.

    great job you are doing but stay safe and well will you please say hello tomy son bdr mitchell 4 reg ra miss him so much and tellhim and rest of 4 reg to stay safe and well merry xmas to all out there

  • Comment number 12.

    have you met prince harry yet??

  • Comment number 13.

    Well done Greg and the team giving our boys a boost, boost to you all!! My son is 23yrs old and on his 3rd tour with the Raf. His 2nd christmas over there!!!!!! Scott MACKLIN is a son that makes us proud to be his parents. He recently got engaged to the lovely Alex, they are getting married next year!!! we have all this to look forward to when he comes home.. Love respect and stay safe to all serving in afghan!!! Love the MAcklin family xxxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 14.

    Nice one Greg, you met my boy Kage in Lash, so proud especially as he was wearing a mankini! He always listens to you back home when he can so I'm really happy that he got to meet you. You are doing an amazing thing for all out there and I hope you get lots out of the experience too. May you and all the lads and lasses stay safe and I can't wait to hear more and listen to your show from there all this week. A very proud mum xx

  • Comment number 15.

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of Bastion. My airman is out there and I'm missing him loads, it's nice to be able to see where he is as there is no closer way of experiencing it with him. I'm sure you'll be visiting MT where he works (the bit with all the big tucks!) He's part of 2MT Squadron, SAC Steven Hellier.... Just shout Rambo and tell him he's very much missed. He might even tell you how he got that nickname :)

  • Comment number 16.

    I think it's brilliant what your doing out there proper moral boast for the guys and girls out there..if you see lcpl Harrison in bastian tell him can't wait till him all the family miss him and can't wait till he's on r 'n'r and the Christmas decs are staying up for him haha..have fun out there Greg x

  • Comment number 17.

    My partner is a Marine at Lash - their team won the talent comp with that Boyzone song! PLEASE post a vid of it! I am desperate to see & for a laugh. Enjoy your time out there, I'll be tuning in!

  • Comment number 18.

    Hi please can you say hello to my daddy Wo2 john Parkin he works in Camp Bastion my name is Thomas Parkin I am six and I love my daddy very much and miss him loads xx

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Greg, could u say a massive hello to my marine Marc Allan who is serving with 40 CDO. Miss you and love you loads. cant wait until r'n'r it will be like christmas all over again!! Love your very proud girlfriend xxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 20.

    hi greg my son lcpl simon shaw is at camp bastion med reg 3 can you say hello form me tell him love him and proud x

  • Comment number 21.

    will you say hello to simon shaw med3 so proud of him from momxx

  • Comment number 22.

    My hubby is out there at the mo with his scary dog. Our first xmas apart, say a big hay to him from us all he is Cpl Payne serving with 105 MWD. We miss him loads, Merry Christmas from Emma, jessie and bump xxx

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Greg, good effort, it's always good to highlight how hard the guys/girls are working and how hard it is for everyone to be away from their familiy and friends, especially at Christmas.
    Please give a shout out to my husband Wg Cdr Jim Mulholland (based in Kabul) and tell him we are missing him loads. This is his second tour there in less then 18 months. He has spent 12 months in total away from our 18 month old little girl Eliza, so May 2013 isn't going to come quick enough xxx

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Greg, you're doing a fantastic job boosting the morale of all our lads and lasses. Please mention CFN Berrisford of 1 CS BN REME, it is his first tour and the first time away from home at Christmas. We love and miss him so much and can't wait for R & R in the New Year. From Friends and Family STAY SAFE

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