#69 1 Para In Iraq | Steve Mathews | Special Forces Support Group | Parachute Regiment

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Steve Mathews fought with 1 Para in Iraq and went onto serve with the Special Forces Support Group. Steve explains all about the airborne brigade, the death of the military policeman at at Majar al-Kabir, how 1 Para almost jumped into battle, how the parachute course is run and his current work as a civilian security contractor in Iraq. We discuss the parachute course at Brize Norton including the skyvan and the old balloon jump, and what it like to work alongside the Special Air Force (SAS) and Special Boat Service (SBS) and training, tactics and weapons.

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Chris and Steve

C – Steve how are you brother?

S – I’m good thank you how are you?

C – I’m very well mate, thank you for asking. You’re in Iraq as we speak?

S – Yeah, currently on lockdown in Baghdad, Iraq yeah.

C – What position are you holding in there?

S – I’m basically working for a private security company. Part of the regional management team. So we basically oversee all the projects in our region and provide support for those projects.

C – If we go back to the beginning, it was 1 Para you were in?

S – Yeah, so I left school in the year 2000, always wanted to join the military, I had three other family members in the parachute regiment at the time, so my allegiance was to the parachute regiment. I was too young to join as an adult entry, so my only option was to go to the army foundation college in Harrogate…

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#116 One Year NO Beer | Former Professional Footballer Andy Ramage And I Discuss Going Alcohol Free

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Join former professional footballer Andy Ramage and I as we discuss the benefits of going alcohol free for either 30, 90 or 365 days with the One Year No Beer project.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you my friend?

A – It’s hot and I’m tip top.

C – It’s funny, when you came onto the Zoom meeting before we went live and I heard you say “Hi There, how you doing”, as it’s weird as I hear you say that most mornings from your inspirational morning talks. I set my Facebook t0 have the one year no beer post showing first, so you don’t get that dose of negativity as you first wake up!  For our friends at home, it’s Andy running through the forest talking about the benefits of not drinking alcohol in your life. That doesn’t mean give it up forever but for at least a particular period in life. It’s not about being a monk or something to that extreme. So from myself mate, thank you so much for those.

A – It’s my favourite part of the day Chris, just being out there in the wild and connecting with so many different people, and truth being told I didn’t actually think that would be a big part of what I would be doing …

 

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