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The final day in the desert...

Greg James | 08:16 UK time, Friday, 14 December 2012

It's been a tough morning to be honest. 

I was treated to 'FOB Friday'  FOB stands for Forward Operating Base and it's where soldiers are sent out of Camp Bastion and deployed on missions.  These bases are more remote and aren't as advanced so as a 'punishment' for getting up late - Sqaudron Leader Travis made me use this for my 'business':

After a ration pack for breakfast, we headed out to the Air Traffic Control Tower.  A high pressure environment to say the least.  Mainly due to the variety of aircraft that take off and land.  Constantly.

 

I crept off to US Camp 'Leatherneck' for a bit of pampering after my punishment:
Then onto meet the BRF - The 'Bridgade Reconnaissance Force'.  These guys are hand selected from their units and are highly skilled.  They are, in essence, the best soldiers in the army - they train together for 18 months before deploying to Afghanistan.

 

Very tough and incredibly well trained soldiers.  The cream of the crop. They do the exciting action stuff on the ground.
I got up early this morning to see them deploy to an actual operation.  60 soldiers sent out on a secret mission on these two Chinnock helicopters, flanked by Apache attack helicopters (the ones Prince Harry flies).  My week of messing around doing the training was truly put into context when I saw this:

 

I thought about joining them but thought I'd probably get in the way:

 

 

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Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    i can't stop laughing at the pictures of you, hope you had a good pampering after your punishment, hope all the troops come back safe, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!

  • Comment number 2.

    poo in a bag !!!! hahahaha. Greg all this week you have made me laugh and cry! some of the photos - your face - LOL. the frog suit has to be the best. Beauty shop? tart! hope they dont shave your lovely hair off! Can't wait for your show later. Safe journey back Gregory. ...... a merry christmas to all the troops and a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Greg for Monday.

  • Comment number 3.

    I hope you didn't tell someone it was apple juice! Lol! Your faces in these pictures are great! I hope you have a great last day, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND THE TROOPS! Greg the frog has to be the best picture though ;-)

  • Comment number 4.

    I have listened all week, your show has made me smile, laugh and even a lump in my throat, thankyou.
    Also a big huge thankyou to all the ladies and gentlemen out there, you are all amazing . Have a great christmas xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Greg you did an iterveiw with my boyfriend while over in Afghan and was wondering if the videos will be posted on here

  • Comment number 6.

    Thankyou for this week Mr James and the BBC, and special thanks to all those out there. Wonderful people doing a tough job. My kids will be joining the military before long and i will no doubt join the ranks of parents and family members, forever worrying, but honestly, reassured by the team spirit and training portrayed in your few short hours. Merry Christmas.

  • Comment number 7.

    Greg, you've been fab all week, my husband is currently out there serving on his 4th deployment to Afghanistan, and listening to you experiencing all the things that he has to deal with on a daily basis has made me feel closer to understanding what he goes through, so thank you! Looks like you've loved the experience, and I know your presence has been welcomed by all at Bastion - thank you! Counting down to my husband's safe return in Feb, I miss him and so does our 15 month old daughter xx

  • Comment number 8.

    That's my dad in the air traffic tower. Great to see a picture of him. Miss him loads and will miss him at Christmas! Thanks for sharing this pic xxxx

  • Comment number 9.

    Greg and all the team at Radio 1 - thank you for having the guts to do something truly different, engaging and informative. I know that your broadcasts have raised morale both in Afghanistan and back home. Hey the music was good too! The whole package - blog, videos and broadcasts - was extensive and must have taken some planning.

    Outstanding stuff from radio 1. Well done to everyone.

 

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