Hi folks,

Having spent the last few days talking to fascinating people at the International Security Expo in London, we’ve been mercifully spared the endless election coverage. For those of you still on the fence about who to give your vote to, this article on where each party stands on the issue of defence might be useful. 

Elsewhere, there is good news for 27 military colleagues who have been named in the latest Operational Honours and Awards list. The list recognises the bravery, commitment and commendable service of service personnel within the military and is something we can all be proud of. 

And finally, police in Gibraltar have increased their efforts to find the body of Naval Rating Simon Parkes, who went missing in 1986. A tragic tale, but it is reassuring to know that the police have not given up and we may one day see justice done and his body returned to his parents for a proper burial. It goes without saying that if any of our readers have any information, please do get in touch with the police. 

Please drop an email to [email protected] if there's anything you'd like us to add to this newsletter.

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The Team

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News round–up    

Sonic boom as jets intercept aircraft with lost radio contact

SAS Soldier is quizzed by commanders over ‘execution of suspected bomb-maker and three teenage boys during raid in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2012’ 

Two women pass the Army's gruelling six month infantry training course making them the first British female soldiers whose main purpose is to kill the enemy at close quarters

Conflict of interest: The general vs the veterans

Veteran suicides are the 'epidemic of our time' former head of the army has warned

Army veteran turned away by Indian restaurant because he had a PTSD support dog

Katrice Lee: Father 'Lives In Hope' For Answers On Missing Daughter's 40th Birthday

Marine A's brother in INJUSTICE: By his comrade's side at the fateful moment in Afghanistan, he too was put through hell. Now Marine E – real name Sam Deen – tells what' REALLY happened and reveals the terrible price he's paid

Fury as German army's Instagram account shares a photo a Nazi-era military uniform with a caption hailing it as 'retro'

Man jailed for stealing Warminster army base rifles

MoD defrauded of £800,000 by buying kit known to be useless

Teenage army recruit was 'tormented' by seven senior soldiers when he refused to join in with 'banter', court hears

British Army officer hid under a bus for half an hour as his colleague was beaten up by four squaddies in 3am brawl at picturesque Austrian village

Charity appeals for more volunteers to help veterans

Yorkshire Army veteran with incurable cancer hails the power of 'small acts of kindness'

Royal Navy amputee ‘told to get a job’ by DWP

RAF veteran's powerful film about how he went from hero to living in PTSD hell

Brit Paratrooper jailed in Iraq for killing two comrades is flown to UK Prison

Weak EU faces Macron military takeover and NATO split, writes Brigadier Geoffrey Van Orden

Thieves nearly rob veteran of chance to take part in Rifles march by stealing his mobility scooter

Names of US veterans on Southampton graffiti wall identified

Volvo partners with Mission Automotive to help ex-armed forces personnel

STAR WARS NATO vows to expand into SPACE and declares ‘rumours of our death are greatly exaggerated’

North-east veteran in plea to cure loneliness in hospital

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/north-east-veteran-plea-to-cure-loneliness-in-hospital/

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Joke: The Hairdryer 

A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?"

"Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and I'm afraid they'll confiscate it. Is there any way you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?"

"I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you: I will not lie."

"With your honest face, Father, no one will question you."

When they reached the Customs area, she let the priest go ahead of her.

The official asked: "Father, do you have anything to declare?"

"From the top of my head down to my waist, I have nothing to declare."

The official thought this answer strange, so asked, "And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?"

"I have a marvelous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused."

Roaring with laughter, the official said, "Go ahead, Father."

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