Hi folks,

This lands in your inbox at the same time as JC, Lee, Geoff Shorter and Annette arrive at the International Security Expo, Olympia London. We will be on stand K71 and we're happy to have a coffee with anyone who would like to visit us for a chat.

Two incredible examples of UK military personnel being recognised for extraordinary efforts and bravery this week, something that we always love to highlight! Firstly, Trooper Ross Woodward was off-duty when he heard the screaming and gunshots of the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas las year. Ross has rightly been awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery for rushing into the chaos to treat victims, with no concern for his own safety. 

Secondly, two British military personnel have been recognised for their efforts in the wake of two devastating hurricanes which pummelled the Caribbean last September. Congratulations to Flight Lieutenant Alexander Eveson who has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for saving the life of a seven-month-old baby girl to Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Amy Gilmore who awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service delivering 37 tonnes of aid, food and water to inaccessible areas, and rescuing three people from a capsized boat. 

We are so very proud of you all!

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Regards,

The Team

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News round–up    

Bletchley Park Codebreaker Lady Trumpington Dies

Royal Navy warship seizes THREE TONNES of cannabis in a major drugs bust while on patrol in the Gulf's notorious 'Hashish Highway'

'Britain Is Not Going To Be Participating In A European Army', Says Defence Secretary

Army weapons officer stole £70,000 worth of guns from his base and sold them to collectors, court hears

Home for Christmas! Heart-warming moment Royal Navy sailors are reunited with their loved ones as two ships return to Plymouth and Portsmouth after months away

Pensioner Jailed For Shipping Fighter Jet Parts To Iran

Mayflower 400 to bring military displays and flypasts to Plymouth

MoD lifts axe on three Royal Navy patrol ships to boost UK fisherman in scallop wars 

May the best Marines win: US Marines set to take on UK’s Royal Marines in force-on-force exercises

Royal Navy help in hunt for missing Argentinian submarine 'invaluable'

Former military lookout point perched on the Rock of Gibraltar is transformed into an incredible 1,116 feet high glass-bottomed 'Skywalk'

505 'safety events' at Faslane nuclear submarine base

British Parachute Regiment sent back into combat in Afghanistan to beat IS

More than 1,000 RAF Mildenhall US air force personnel and families to move to Gloucestershire

HMP Portland could be getting a special unit for former military servicemen

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Joke: The Monk

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, "My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?" The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound.

The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way.

Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery.

The monks accept him, feed him, even fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, "We can't tell you. You're not a monk."

The man says, "All right, all right. I'm dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?"

The monks reply, "You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk."

The man sets about his task. Forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, "I have travelled the earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 pebbles on the earth."

The monks reply, "Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound."

The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, "The sound is right behind that door."

The monks give him the key, and he opens the door.

He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange sound.

But I can't tell you what it is because you're not a monk.

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