A former senior British Army officer who has fought in four major conflicts around the world will be in Jersey next week to give a talk about his experiences, and share his view on the future of the country’s Armed Forces ahead of next year’s UK elections and a possible Defence Review.
Colonel Richard Kemp CBE served with the British Army from 1977 to 2006 and was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan. He served tours of duty with the Royal Anglian Regiment in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and will be a guest of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in Jersey.
Colonel Kemp will focus on Afghanistan and answer the question: ‘was it worth it and what is the future for Afghanistan?’ in broad terms, looking at the future trends for UK National defence based on his own experience, both as a serving soldier and now as a strategist and commentator on the military aspects of global events.
The talk will include a review of the on-going situation in Ukraine in the context of NATO and, in particular, Britain’s post-Afghanistan defence posture and how these events are likely to affect Britain’s defence following the General Election in May 2015 – if matters have not spiralled out of control by then. It should be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in current affairs.
The event is taking place at the Pomme D’Or Hotel on Tuesday 6th May, from 5.30pm. Tickets are priced £25 with all proceeds being donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Tickets are available from www.officersnetworkjersey.com/events