As an Artillery Officer of many years ago I am delighted to see that the Armed Forces will soon be lead by a Gunner Officer.
General Sir David Richards is a distinguished and experienced commander with wonderful diplomatic skills. He has commanded soldiers in Afghanistan and lead successful operations in places like Somalia where he is considered to have been instrumental in defending and securing the future of the Government there. His operational experience in Afghanistan and the respect in which he is held by that country’s Government will be great assets.
To have such an experienced officer elevated to command and lead our forces is a tremendous fortune and I wish him the very best in the challenging times to come.
It’s also worth noting that he is a bit of a local boy in Wales having attended Cardiff University where he gained his degree in Politics and Economics.