Thursday, February 19, 2009

A glimpse of how another NATO country announces Afghanistan casulaites

It's probably news to most people that the British military has been taking a steady number of casualties as they are aggressively engaging the Taliban in Helmand province in Afghanistan. One of the things I admire about the British Ministry of Defence is the substantial press releases they offer after losing soldiers. Each press release offers a glimpse of a real person, including often humourous anecdotes from his comrades. This example of a Rifleman, Lance Corporal Kingscott, is typical. You have to love the fact that the article does not shy away from using his nickname, "Schnoz". There's much to admire here, and hopefully our military PR folks can take note.

Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott killed in Afghanistan
A Military Operations news article
17 Feb 09

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott of 1st Battalion The Rifles in Afghanistan on 16 February 2009.

Lance Corporal Stephen Kingscott of 1st Battalion The Rifles
[Picture: via MOD]
Lance Corporal Kingscott died during the assault of an enemy position during a deliberate operation against insurgents in the Nawa district of Helmand province.

Lance Corporal Stephen 'Schnoz' Kingscott of 1st Battalion The Rifles

Stephen Michael Kingscott was born on 10 July 1986 at the Freedom Fields Hospital in his hometown of Plymouth.

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