Go Big or Go Home!
Drummer Lee Rigby or ‘Riggers’ to his friends was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester. He joined the Army in 2006 and on successful completion of his infantry training course at Infantry Training Centre Catterick was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (also known as the ‘Second Fusiliers’ or ‘2 RRF’).
His first posting was as a machine gunner in Cyprus where the battalion was serving as the resident infantry battalion in Dhekelia. Having performed a plethora of tasks while in Cyprus, he returned to the UK in the early part of 2008 to Hounslow, West London. Here, Drummer Rigby stood proudly outside the royal palaces as part of the battalion’s public duties commitment. He was an integral member of the Corps of Drums throughout the battalion’s time on public duties, the highlight of which was being a part of the Household Division’s Beating Retreat – a real honour for a line infantry Corps of Drums.
In April 2009, Drummer Rigby deployed on operations for the first time to Helmand province, Afghanistan, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group at Patrol Base Woqab. On returning to the UK he completed a second tour of public duties and then moved with the battalion to Celle, Germany, to be held at a state of high readiness for contingency operations as part of the Small Scale Contingency Battle Group.
In 2011, Drummer Rigby took up a recruiting post in London where he also assisted with duties at the regimental headquarters in the Tower of London.
An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers. He was a passionate and lifelong Manchester United fan.
A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The regiment’s thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time. ‘Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier’.
Rest in Peace.
Jersey Alexandria in green.
Soldiers assigned to 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work with CH-47 Chinook crews from to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade during a sling load operation on Jalalabad Airfield, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The soldiers prepare the sling in order to support of current logistical operation in Regional Command East-Afghanistan.
(Photos by Spc. Vang Seng Thao, 10 MAY 2013.)
Never a dull moment.
An Afghan National Army commando with 3rd Company, 1st Special Operations Kandak, pulls security from a tree line during a clearing operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces conducted the operation in order to disrupt insurgent networks and support Afghan Local Police efforts in the area.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown, 8 MAY 2013.)
Requiesce, scies pace.
Sad day for Above the Rest…..
Air assault brother. You will never be forgotten!
Your friendly neighborhood MRAP.
U.S. Marines with Rolling Thunder 1, Transportation Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, conduct a combat logistics patrol (CLP) to forward operating base (FOB) Payne, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Rolling Thunder 1 conducted the CLP to facilitate the demilitarization of FOB Payne.
(Photo by Sgt. Anthony L. Ortiz, 23 MAR 2013.)
(Source: suribot, via andrerouge)
Old school kicker.
Coalition soldier carries door-breaching equipment during training in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
(Photo by Spc. Matthew R. Hulett, 3 JAN 2013.)
oh fuck every time i see it i laugh so fucking hard. i have to reblog this every time. i can’t not reblog this
lOOK AT THE GUY IN THE BACKGROUND HE’S LAUGHING HIS ASS OFF
this is so great omg
He looks at his hand like it’s the first time he’s ever seen it.
(Source: ForGIFs.com, via thedarksideofgruff)
Winch me, baby.
Coalition force members use winches to pull a stuck vehicle out of a soft spot in the desert after departing a village stability platform in Khak-E-Safed district, Farah province, Afghanistan. Coalition force members were located at Village Stability Platform Khak-E-Safed in order to train and mentor Afghan National Security Forces. Coalition force members de-militarized the VSP allowing ANSF to single handedly continue counter-terrorism operations and bring security and stability to people of the district.
(Photo by Sgt. Pete Thibodeau, 25 FEB 2013.)
[I just cannot get over how amazing a photographer this combat camera is. Every time I see his surname in the credits, I make little pleasure-noises. -R]
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