Author(s): Craig Wilson
Major Craig Wilson is a decorated former SAS member, and has been in more combat zones than any other Kiwi soldier. He was the commanding officer of Bravo Company, which lost 2 soldiers when they went to the aid Afghan police at Baghek in August 2012. Craig was left injured, shot in the shoulder, and was Medevac'd to a German hospital. There he heard 3 more of his team had died in an explosion. This is the story of Craig Wilson and the men and women of Bravo Company. It starts in 2010 at Burnham army base and includes infantry preparations for; Christchurch earthquake; planning for Afghanistan; life in Bamiyan; the battle at Baghek and its aftermath.
Major Wilson joined the New Zealand Army in 1998. He has deployed to East Timor, The Solomon Islands and Afghanistan on operations during his career with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and the New Zealand Special Air Service. Major Wilson was awarded the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration for his leadership during the same operation in which Corporal Willie Apiata won the Victoria Cross. Major Wilson was seriously wounded while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, and is continuing his recovery while serving in the New Zealand Defence Force.