Sgt Vincent David Phillips (1955-1991) of 22 SAS, A Squadron, 4 Troop.
Vince was on the doomed Bravo Two Zero patrol where he unfortunately lost his life due to exposure while escaping from the enemy in Iraq.
Royal Army Ordnance Corps 1972
16th Parachute Heavy Drop Company, R.A.O.C. 1973-76
3rd Commando Brigade, RM 1976-83
22 SAS August 1979
B Squadron (6 Troop)
seconded to SBS for 1 year
A Squadron (4 Troop)
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I almost didn't write this book. I was so concerned about what the 'crabs in the bucket' would say about it. Especially some of the guys who I served with in the military, maybe our opinions differed, or maybe they felt like I was getting beyond my means. I was worried about that to the point that I almost didn't send it.
And I think that would've been a shame, because it would've been a disservice to the people who have lived this story, and whose stories get told in this book. And, more importantly, to my son and other people who will serve in the military, and can benefit from the lessons that we've already learned the hard way.
So, why was I so worried? In the book, I talk about who it takes do the kind of work that we do in Special Forces in tribal villages like Afghanistan.
“Beware of that guy. He is who we don't need for this type of work, those who wear patches like Major League Infidel, and utter phrases like 'booger eaters'. People who don't have the strategic maturity and environmental patience to work at local levels should not be put into these situations. This is a growing problem. We still need folks to do bad ass fighting, but they have to have the maturity to switch on and off as their operational environment changes. Even personnel within Special Forces, and Special Operations Forces, lack the skills for this type of advisory work, or selfishly choose not to do it, in favor of stroking their own ego through lethal targeting.”
Now, if you've served in the military, or in special ops, you know for a fact that people like this exist, right? And the notion is "who am I to even call this out?" I wasn't calling it out to call them out, I was calling it out to state that within the context of the type of work that we have to do to change the game, that type of person should not be exposed to indigenous communities because it'll set us backward. That's a statement I feel strongly about, and it's way bigger than me. But to say that, I risk positioning myself as that crab trying to crawl out of the bucket.
Sooo excited for this tomorrow although doubt I’ll be able to move again Stinking cold but no excuse I’m still turning up to show my respect❤️Thanks to Barry at @pegasus.military.fitness members of the 3 rd Battalion of the parachute regiment will be taking over Pegasus military fitness for 3 hrs sat mar 24 th putting over 60 of us through our paces to help them raise funds for a very worthwhile cause: “ The Sgt’s Mess is wanting to build a bar in memory of Sergeant Major Tom Beckett who was killed in Afghanistan. We need around 10k and currently have 3k “ @pegasus.military.fitness has raised another £2000 for them from this event so if u want to help contribute and hit the 10k goal give Barry at @pegasus.military.fitness a shout. #showyoursupport#specialforces#paratrooper#outdoors#outdoorfitness#nopainnogain#mindovermatter#eppingforest#pegasusmilitaryfitness