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York soldiers set out for six-month tour of Afghanistan
A HUNDRED York-based soldiers have bid goodbye to their families as they head out for a six-month tour of Afghanistan.
The soldiers, from a 250-strong group from 2nd Signal Regiment based at Imphal Barracks, will be providing secure communications, computers, video-conferencing and telephones for units in Helmand Province and Kabul.
Among the York soldiers gathered at the barracks before being taken to their flight yesterday was acting Lance Corporal Michael Nunn, 25, of Strensall, who was saying goodbye to his emotional wife Camilla, 19.
Mrs Nunn, who works for Aviva in York, said her husband had never been away for so long before.
She said: “I’m excited for him to go because it’s part of his tour. Six months is a long time, so it’s a bit heartbreaking. He’s been away for two months before, so it’s another four months longer than before.”
He said: “I’m quite looking forward to going – the quicker I go, the quicker I come back. This is the fifth time I have been to Afghanistan so my wife is used to it. I’m going to keep my head down.”
Major Mark Davis, of Strensall, was with his wife Jemima and children Patrick, six, and Cecily, four.
He said that while he was “switching into work mode” he was sorry to be leaving his family, but would be able to talk to them on Skype, He said: “It will be deeply sad not to have these two leaping on me in the morning but I will be able to see them. It will be a reminder of what I’m missing out on.”
The signallers will be supporting the ISAF troops, including 4th Mechanised Brigade from Catterick, who took over control of Task Force Helmand earlier this month.
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