UPDATE APRIL 2015:
The 3 PARA boxing team are currently in North Carolina preparing to take on the United States’ 82nd Airborne Division in the boxing ring.
The event will take place at the end of the CJOAX and will mark the end of the exercise and the ongoing joint operability between the 82nd Airborne and 16 Air Assault Brigade.
The 3 PARA team is preparing to preserve their undefeated title in front of 3,500 spectators at Fort Bragg on Wednesday 22 April 2015 and will be shown on Forces TV from midnight.
Tune in to Sky Channel 264, Virgin Channel 244 or Freesat Channel 652 to catch a piece of the action.
CO 3 PARA intends to have the Battalion Boxing Team box a Team from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 22 Apr 15.
The event will take place at the end of the CJOAX and will mark the end of the exercise and the ongoing joint operability between the 82nd Airborne and ourselves; more importantly it will be used to commemorate the end of our operations in Afghanistan.
The event has been talked about and indeed planned previously but we are now confirming that it will take place and the 82nd Airborne are enthusiastic about the importance of this event. We have managed to get Sgt Jackson who was wounded in action out to visit this event courtesy of SUPPORT OUR PARAS and would look to raise the profile of the charity through this event.
It is appreciated that getting to this event will be very difficult, not only by the geography, but in getting onto the base at Fort Bragg. However, if there are people who wish to donate and attend, then we may be able to get them onto the base. Clearly the cost of travel and accommodation would be down to the individual.
This Boxing Event is a significant milestone which marks the end of one era of operations and looks forward to the next chapter in our ‘special relationship’ with the 82nd Airborne Division. To end the CJOAX with this boxing match will be the culmination of over 12 months of joint inter-operability focus which paves the way for interoperability in the future. We have history behind us and a superb way forward with the US Army.
This event will be an excellent opportunity to recognise those who have sacrificed so much and to ensure they feel valued as part of our Battalion and indeed the Regiment. Your support in raising funds for SUPPORT OUR PARAS is greatly appreciated.
Requests to attend should be sent to Major Des Hendry on firstname.lastname@example.org