After numerous exercises in Cyprus, Canada, Germany, Adrian had become a keen sportsman and had represented the Royal engineers in cycling, shooting and triathlons. However, he was disillusioned with army life and sought to transfer to the RAF as an officer. Unfortunately, the RAF would only accept him as a ground based officer and he wanted to fly but his eyesight was not up to the required level. Adrian therefore, chose to leave the army and applied for a job in Jamaica as a hotel sports organiser. The universe had other plans, though and Adrian never got to set foot in the Caribbean.
As he was preparing to leave the army and take up his new post, his squadron was placed on standby (as the British Army always have troops ready to deploy anywhere in the world). On Aug 2nd 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and scuppered thousands of people’s plans and Adrian was, unknowingly, one of them. He ended up landing in Saudi Arabia as one of the first British soldiers and would remain there for 7 months until the war was over. He took part in every phase of the operation from the preparation to the assault on Kuwait City and then the clear up operation afterwards.