Behold the new COMISAF until Gen. Petraeus comes online; Lt. Gen. Sir Nicholas Parker, KCB, CBE, British Army.
Now that we have had fun - here is a serious fact. He knows this war as a leader and as a father; almost a year ago;
The son of one of Britain's most senior army officers has been severely injured in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan, it was reported today.All is well.
Captain Harry Parker, 26, is reported to have lost a leg in the blast and surgeons believe he may lose the other one. He has been flown back to Britain where he is being treated at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham and is understood to be very seriously ill.
His father, Sir Nick Parker, the Army's third most senior officer, returned from holiday after learning of his son's injuries.
A military source said: “General Sir Nick, his wife and the whole family are understandably devastated by what has happened to Harry. The general understands the risk more than most but it is still an appalling thing for any parent to go through.”
Gen Parker will become the most senior British officer in Afghanistan in September when he takes over as deputy commander of Nato forces.
His son was leading a foot patrol of the 4th Battalion The Rifles when he is believed to have trodden on a pressure pad which set off an improvised explosive device on Saturday morning in the Nad Ali area of Helmand in southern Afghanistan.
Hat tip Daniel Foster NRO.