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8 June 2021: Pat Burgees MBE: Bringing mindfulness to the military

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Major Pat Burgess MBE joined the British Army in September 1992 and started his career at The Second Royal Tank Regiment in Germany. He served with the regiment in Germany, Northern Ireland, Canada, Poland, Iraq and Afghanistan in a career that saw him from Trooper, through Tank Commander to Regimental Sergeant Major. He has deployed on operations to Northern Ireland, the invasion of Iraq (and subsequent tours) and a further three tours of Afghanistan.

He is currently involved in the implementation of Physical Awareness Training (PAT), an innovative approach to bringing Mindfulness based coping strategies into the existing culture of physical training. He runs Mindfulness classes for the permanent staff, both military and civilian, and has recently created a defence-wide online mindfulness course, which currently has seen over 4000 subscribers internally and has since been released on the Army’s external webpage as open source. He has most recently been awarded an MBE in recognition of his tireless work in bringing mindfulness to Defence. A fascinating conversation not to be missed! You can visit Pat's website for free mindfulness material: