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I saw active service in conventional, clandestine and covert units of the South African Defence Force. I was the founder of the Private Military Company (PMC) Executive Outcomes in 1989 and its chairman until I left in 1997. Until its closure in 1998, EO operated primarily in Africa helping African governments that had been abandoned by the West and were facing threats from insurgencies, terrorism and organised crime. EO also operated in South America and the Far East. I believe that only Africans (Black and White) can truly solve Africa’s problems. I was appointed Chairman of STTEP International in 2009 and also lecture at military colleges and universities in Africa on defence, intelligence and security issues. Prior to the STTEP International appointment, I served as an independent politico-military advisor to several African governments. I am a contributor to The Counter Terrorist magazine. All comments in line with the topics on this blog are welcome. As I consider this to be a serious look at military and security matters, foul language and political or religious debates will not be entertained on this blog.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A BLESSED FESTIVE SEASON TO ALL

I would like to wish all followers and visitors to my blog a very blessed Christmas season. To those who do not celebrate Christmas for whatever reason, I wish you a peaceful festive period. To those serving in troubled areas, and to those who are trapped in the numerous conflicts around the world, I hope that you will know peace during these times and be kept safe.

My sincere thanks to everyone that contributed to this blog throughout the year. Your comments have been highly valued and have allowed me to broaden my own knowledge base. I have also been able to get to know some very good people through this blog, something I am very grateful for.

To all of those who have written letters of encouragement re this blog – my thanks to you. To those who write “private” mails to me, I hope that you will be able to get rid of the ghosts that haunt your lives.

Finally, I would also like to wish each and every one of you a great 2010. May the coming year be filled with good health, happiness and safety.

26 comments:

matt said...

Merry Christmas.

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thank you Matt and the same to you and yours.

Let's hope 2010 will be a good one.

Rgds,

Eeben

tyhz1995 said...

Merry Christmas sir.And a happy and safe new year.All the best to you and yours sir.-Tyler

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thank you, Tyler. May you too have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Rgds,

Eeben

Randy said...

Eeben, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a healty and Happy New Year. Looking forward to more great topics and comments in 2010.

borr1945 said...

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year,
and stay safe.

rgds,

ken

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Many thanks, Randy and the same to you and yours.

Rgds,

Eeben

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thank you Ken and may you too enjoy this period in safety.

Rgds,

Eeben

Kaye said...

Having allready given you my best wishes for the coming year and a blessed Christmas, it would be silly to do so again.

I would like to add that discovering your blog through your appearance in our little polder is one of the better ones of the old year! I enjoy reading your blogs and all the comments both you and others give.

Discussing with someone as professional and insightfull as you can only have a positive influence.

Thank you for your work and your kind responses.

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

I accept your Christmas wishes again, Kaye, thank you.

I am pleased if the blog is of interest to you. But, even more so, I am happy that the comments are also insightful as many of the visitors give really good comments and as I have said before, I too learn from everyone’s comments. To me, that is fun and exciting.

Thanks for visiting and for your comments.

Rgds,

Eeben

Robby said...

Just a Rhodesian's opinion... your blog has helped me understand and appreciate the qualities that I always admired about my fellow country men ... now that's what I call a Christmas present....thanks brother!

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

An appreciated opinion, Robby, thanks.

Our Christmas present will be your return back home this coming year. Is it still Jefferies Bay?

Rgds,

Eeben

Robby said...

Yes although my old stomping ground Umhlanga Rocks is a close second :-)

Tango said...

Wishing you and your family a Very Joyful Christmas and A Peaceful and Blessed New Year.
----------------------

Eeben it was really special to have met you and your son J at the Bridge 14 Dinner after all these many years.

I only then realised how many heroes there are and were of which we don't know about...........
This one is for all the Heroes

There are heroes who walk among us
never looking for glory or praise
They don't seek recognition
for their thoughtful, caring ways.
Living lives of deep commitment
providing for those they hold dear
Steadfast with a quiet strength
through times of laughter and tears.
Thank you to all the heroes For being the heroes that you are.
(This includes our spouses as well)

( Author unknown)

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

A Durbs man, Robby? Well, it is a nice place with a great climate. I am sure though that you will be happy with your move back home. Good luck with it.

Rgds,

Eeben

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thank you for the good wishes, Tango, as well as for the lovely poem. I am sure everyone will enjoy it.

Being at the Bridge 14 dinner was my great pleasure and honour, especially to be able to meet men such as you (after so many years) and Billy – men who did their share of the work that had to be done in days gone by. J still speaks of it as it made a great impression on him. Thanks for allowing him to accompany me.

May your 2010 be a great one.

Rgds,

Eeben

Sonny Cox said...

Greetings Eeben

Thanks for allowing us the honour and privilege of your and J's company, on that special occasion.

We will never be able to repay you for the work that you have done and are still doing for South Africa, the Western World and mankind in general.

God Bless and Protect you and all the people near and dear to you.

Regards

Billy

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

The honour and privilege was all mine, Billy. Also, I know that I owe you a telephone call – something I shall take care of.

May you and yours be kept safe in this coming year.

Rgds,

Eeben

Lord Vito 9 said...

thank you sir,and a very merry christmass to and your family sir all the way from Australia. i havew recently found your site,and think its fantastic!

happy new year

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Thank you for your visit and Christmas wishes. Lord Vito 9.

I wish you a good 2010 as well.

Rgds,

Eeben

Alex said...

Merry (belated) Christmas and all the best for the coming year Eeben. I've been a bit behind in following the blog the last few weeks but I'm all caught up and ready for the new year! Looking forward to seeing what you choose to address in the coming months.

Cheers

Alex

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Many thanks and the same to you, Alex.

I have quite a few topics I would like to discuss in the coming year and I hope everyone will find them of value.

Rgds,

Eeben

Joe1172 said...

Merry Christmas to you & your family too! Greetings from the sandbox!
Joe

P.S.: I'm in Iraq since late Nov and wasn't on the net very often. Questions about your book will follow. Stay safe.

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Many thanks Joe – I hope you too had a great Christmas.

I look forward to your questions. Until then, stay safe and keep your head down.

Rgds,

Eeben

Diamond Dallas Rage said...

Jolly Holidays Eeben - you've definitely had one of the most interesting security/military-related blogs of the 'soon-to-end' year!

Stay cool...;)

Eeben Barlow's Milsec Blog said...

Many thanks, Diamond Dallas Rage – I hope that you too have had a quiet, jolly and peaceful festive season.

As for the blog, I believe it is the many visitors and comments that make it interesting, so to you and everyone else, thanks for visiting and commenting.

Rgds,

Eeben