2011
18.07

The ForceSelect Foundation is planning to embark on an epic road trip across the U.S. this month with notable UK rock stars including Luke Morley of legendary rock band Thunder and the Union to raise funds for small military charities across the UK.

Bestselling author and SAS hero Andy McNab and Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE, the British Army’s Director of Infantry, will form part of the ForceSelect team with Peter Shoulder of the Union, who won the WC Handy Award from the Blues Foundation of America, previously only won by Eric Clapton and Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac.

The road trip sets off from Cranbrook in Canada on July 11 and will take in the stunning scenery including Glacier National Park, thought to be one of the greatest rides in the US. It finishes six days and 1,000 miles later in Ketchum, USA, where there will be a concert to raise further charitable funds.

The ‘Great British Invasion’ concert, which will also raise funds for US and Canadian military charities, will entertain thousands of fans at the Sun Valley Pavilion with bands such as The Union, winners of Classic Rock Awards’ Best New Breakthrough Band 2010, Thunder and Marina V.

The ForceSelect Foundation, which is led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mike Jackson, raises funds from charity initiatives, corporate and individual donations and a percentage of the profits from leading recruitment consultancy and sister company, ForceSelect to support smaller military charities that are struggling for funding.

Andy McNab said: “I cannot wait to get on the Harley and drive off into the sunset. I’m a great fan of the film Easy Rider and it’s been an ambition of mine for some time to see Canada and the US from a bike. This will be a once in a lifetime experience and something I’m really looking forward to.”

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2011
09.07

After ten years’ fighting, the news we are talking to the Taliban to try to end the Afghan conflict drew a mixture of relief, anger and confusion yesterday.

The Sun
Published: 24 Jun 2011
From Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor, in Kabul – and Martin Phillips

Foreign Secretary William Hague told The Sun that Britain is in peace negotiations with the enemy to halt a war which has cost the lives of more than 370 of our servicemen and women.

The controversial move was welcomed by military experts, diplomats and the families of our soldiers in the war zone.

A global poll for the BBC World Service released yesterday found negotiating with the Taliban is the public’s preferred strategy for ending the conflict.

Yet the idea was hard to swallow for the families of our boys and girls who have already lost their lives in the battles with al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

SUN security adviser and ex-SAS hero Andy McNab said:

“I think it is the right thing to do.

A resolution to the situation was never going to be achieved militarily. It was always going to have to be a political solution.

The history of counter-insurgency operations shows they always end up with you sitting down and talking with the enemy.

What the families of our servicemen should realise is the only way we have got this far is because of the sacrifices and efforts of their sons and daughters.

Without that, war would have dragged on with more lives lost.”

2011
09.07

Andy McNab at the National Army Museum
21 September 2011, 7.00pm

One of Britain’s most famous and controversial soldiers returns to the National Army Museum to voice his views on the current conflict in Afghanistan.

McNab draws on his own experiences and those of serving soldiers to provide powerful insights on the courage and hardships of British service personnel in the current conflict and the way forward.

Ticket Prices
Standard: £10.00Concession: £7.50

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•Telephone: 020 7881 6600
•Online: Use the booking form on this page or visit the Museum Shop
•At the Museum
A concessionary rate is available to SOFNAM members, students, seniors and service personnel.

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2011
09.07

Bravo one zero zero zero: Now McNab funds two volunteers

London Evening Standard
By Anna Davis, Education Correspondent
20 Jun 2011

Former SAS soldier turned novelist Andy McNab is to pay for two frontline volunteers to help children to read.

The Bravo Two Zero writer has thrown his weight behind the Evening Standard’s literacy campaign and donated £1,000 to the cause.

It comes after he also donated a book for adults who have problems reading, to encourage them to start becoming more literate.

More than 10,000 Evening Standard readers downloaded his ebook the Grey Man and Ruth Rendell’s The Thief – “Quick Reads” that can be read by adults with a reading age of nine or above.

Mr McNab said: “It wasn’t until I joined the Army as a boy soldier, when I had a reading age of 11, that I really had the chance to get an education. I’d like to think that other children today shouldn’t have to wait as long. If we can get them reading as early as possible, that’s got to be a great thing.”

Mr McNab advised other adults in a similar position to ignore anyone who laughs at them, and seek help learning to read. He said: “When I was in the Army I was told that the only reason I couldn’t read was because I didn’t read.

“You just have to get on with it. If there is a book that is accessible, short and sharp that is great. Just because you don’t read doesn’t mean you are thick.”

“I would say, ignore what anybody else thinks, just get on with it. At the end of the day it will be you who will be able to read with your children.”

Source:  London Evening Standard

Thanks Angel!

2011
08.07

2011
08.07

The Sun
Harry ‘hunted and tortured’ in drill
Warrior Prince’s practice for being shot down

Published: 17 Jun 2011

PRINCE Harry will head back to war against the Taliban after SAS training that will see him hunted down – and TORTURED.
The Apache helicopter pilot, 26 – who The Sun revealed yesterday is returning to Afghanistan – faces three days of hell learning to cope with being shot down behind enemy lines.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun

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By Andy McNab
Sun Security Expert

If things go pear-shaped and Harry loses his aircraft he needs to become a soldier who is equally effective on the ground.

The “escape and evasion” training is rehearsed as realistically as possible.

When I did mine it was the hardest in my whole military career. But it prepares you for what’s coming – and make no mistake, Harry will be roughing it like the rest.