Prince Harry Begins Deployment In Afghanistan
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2012-09-07 13:50:19
Prince Harry arrived in Afghanistan last night to begin a four-month deployment. The Royal previously was in the country for ten weeks in late 2007 and early 2008, but he was sent back home after members of the media began reporting on his whereabouts. His service was meant to be a secret. After the news emerged, there were fears his unit would fall under heavier fire because of his presence.
Now that the Prince has earned his Apache helicopter license, the publicity generated by his involvement is less of a concern. During his tour, heíll be providing air support during combat missions. As a co-pilot gunner, heíll sit in the rear of the aircraft, controlling the numerous weapons systems. According to The BBC, it took Harry eighteen months to get certified, but when he graduated, it was at the top of his class.
Immediately after the Princeís deployment was announced, there was some speculation the assignment was retribution for his crazy Las Vegas weekend. Thatís definitely not the case. Plans for his deployment have been in the works for months, and Harry actually went to Vegas in order to have one last carefree good time before heading off to war. Obviously, while fun at the time, it wound up being anything but carefree.
Harry is the first member of the Royal Family to be trusted in combat situations since his uncle Andrew. Pop Blendís thoughts go out to him and the other soldiers currently away from their families.