Prince Henry: soldier for life
“ I saw some horrendous things: the tragic injuries and deaths of local people from roadside bombs, some of whom were children. Coalition forces lying on the battlefield; and the constant ferrying of injured personnel to the hospital in Camp Bastion”
Prince Henry of Wales
Even in good times, every country needs an army to protect and maintain stability in the country. But the British monarchy differs in that all the men in her family had a compulsory military training. Some of them remain in the army and on an ongoing basis. This man is Prince Henry, whose military achievements and aspirations to help war victims deserve a separate article.
Following in the footsteps of the men before him, and starting a career of her dreams, Prince Henry handed him the standing committees of the Board in September 2004 and entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in may 2005. After completion of the 44-week training course, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the household cavalry (also known as the Blues and Royals) April 12, 2006.
To become the leader of the intelligence unit, the Prince passed a special course at Bovington in Dorset for counsellors in may 2006. This course is divided into two stages, the first of which signals and the second phase is aimed at driving, commanding and maintenance of tracked reconnaissance vehicle. After successful completion of both phases, Prince Henry said to his regiment in Windsor and was responsible for leading eleven soldiers and four Scimitar tanks.
In 2007, Prince Henry’s regiment was set to deploy in the South of Iraq and its mission will be to lead a team of soldiers on a reconnaissance scimitar armoured vehicles. The risks associated with this mission is roadside bombs known as improvised explosive devices-IEDs), ambushes and kidnapping attempt. Although these risks are normal any reconnaissance mission, they have been extended in the direction of Prince Harry because of his status.
After much deliberation, General sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the army, decided that Prince Henry will not join the regiment. Although the Prince, as a brave man had hoped to personally lead his squad. One of the reasons for this decision was that because of the wide dissemination of knowledge Henry deployment of elements of the Mahdi army (Shea militia loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr) made specific threats against the Prince of life and those of his fellow soldiers.
Initially, when Henry was forbidden to go into military service in the hot spot, he was worried about not being able to perform his duty. But after he found the opportunity to continue the operation, he said to the Queen:
“Finally get the chance to actually do the soldiering I wanted to do from ever since I joined”.
The Prince was in the intelligence service in the army and served as a pilot.
It is because of this that when Henry was sent to Afghanistan in 2008, it was not published, he was on the front line, as the documents are not hacked and not posted on the Internet.
While in Helmand province, Prince Henry (now known as cornet Wales, worked forward air controller (FAC) and was responsible for coordinating air support and air throughout. Unfortunately, this deployment was aborted after the breakdown in the media, Henry was recalled home for fear of increasing violence against him and his comrades.
After returning from Afghanistan, April 13, 2008 Harry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General with the household cavalry. In October 2008 it was announced that he would become a helicopter pilot much like his brother, father and uncle. He entered flight training in 2009 at the defence helicopter flying school at RAF Shawbury, joining his brother, Prince William. March 10, 2011, Prince Henry passed the Apache flying test and was awarded the Apache flying icon in April 2011. Two days later, he was promoted to captain.
In preparation for his next deployment, Prince Henry said Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California in full combat helicopter training. It’s two months of training is a field of education and training to military installations in California and Arizona. After graduating at the top of its class, Prince Harry returned to Wattisham flying station in Suffolk, to complete their education.
To avoid problems the media that surrounded Henry’s first deployment, the Ministry of defense embedded photographer and reporter in the hope that providing routine information on Prince would satiate the public’s appetite and allow Henry to do his duty without the hype. September 7, 2012, Prince Henry deployed to camp Bastion in Afghanistan as a member of 662 squadron, 3 regiment army air force for four months on a rotation principle.
Their duties during the fighting were the pilot and gunner for the Apache helicopter. It was considered an honor, like most pilots did not contribute to the gunner immediately. Although his arrival in Afghanistan was secure, the Taliban issued a statement within 72 hours after his arrival, saying:
“We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping.
We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him. His position in the struggle led by the Taliban, to other disparaging remarks about him, but nothing kept Prince Henry from performing their duties, including firing his weapon. He said that it appeared that his helicopter, mainly served as a deterrent for Taliban fighters on the ground, but he also said that. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose. Take a life to save a life…the squadron’s been out here. Everyone’s fired a certain amount.
Already during the service Henry helped the injured civilians during military operations, were transported to hospitals for the wounded.
Was this statement, identified the next few years Prince Henry served in the army. As officers in the army, to take a life to protect another is a common problem that all have to wrestle with. This is not an easy decision to make, and even after the mission is over, and it often continues to pursue.
To complicate the situation, after the decision that also pursues you; the vision of the wounded and dead soldiers and civilians. Is that Prince Henry knows only too well. During his stay in Afghanistan, Prince Henry regularly transported wounded soldiers and civilians in the hospital at camp Bastion.
Prince recently wrote about his experience on deployment in the Sunday Times. Henry wrote:
“Loss of life is as tragic and devastating as it gets, but to see young lads – much younger than me – wrapped in plastic and missing limbs, with hundreds of tubes coming out of them, was something I never prepared myself for. I saw some horrendous things: the tragic injuries and deaths of local people from roadside bombs, some of whom were children. Coalition forces lying on the battlefield; and the constant ferrying of injured personnel to the hospital in Camp Bastion.”
Prince Henry went to a managerial office in the army in 2014. During this time he continued to struggle with images of war and helped other soldiers to cope with such injuries, including those who have lost limbs. After witnessing the success that we had with the rehabilitation of the wounded troops through sports, Henry created Invictus Games with the support of the king’s Fund and the Ministry of defence.
Not only games bring public support and attention to the challenges that soldiers face when returning from war, but it serves to help soldiers continue to overcome the trauma that they experienced. British team captain, Dave Henson, who lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, said:
“When I was injured I thought that was it, my life was over. The confidence boost that sport gave me was huge and to be selected as part of the British team for the Invictus Games is a huge honour.”
Today the Prince brings to the service in the state. But this does not prevent him to continue to help those in need.
Prince Henry’s military career is far from over, as he recently stated that he wants to be a professional soldier until he can draw his pension” . He not only continues to serve his country as a military officer, but to serve his fellow soldiers through the official commemorative events and supporting initiatives such as Invictus Games. This decision of the Prince pleases. While the higher ranks take care of their soldiers, you can be confident in the power and might of the army.
“Finally I got a chance to participate in military Affairs. About what I dreamed of joining the army”
Prince Henry of Wales