A BROTHER and sister from Alfreton are serving together in Afghanistan for the first time since joining up.
Royal Air Force Police brother and sister Corporal Lyndsay Roberts and brother Mark, also a corporal, are serving together in Camp Bastion, in Helmand.
They attended Christ the King Primary School and St Marys RC secondary school, and were brought up with sisters Joanne, Kerry and Claire by mum Chris, who works as a dining room supervisor at the Hayes Christian Conference Centre, Swanwick.
Lyndsay. 28, left school at 17 and spent a year on a public services course while working at an upholstery factory before joining the RAF in 2007. She said: “I joined because I wanted a more challenging and fulfilling life – and I have certainly had that.”
Lyndsay has previously served in Iraq and this is her fourth tour to Afghanistan. Her job at Camp Bastion is to provide security for the airfield. She added: “Although I enjoy my job out here, I am looking forward to going back home and spending time with my family.”
Her brother Mark, 24, left school at 16 and studied carpentry at college before joining the RAF in 2008. He followed his sister and also graduated from the Defence Police College. “I joined to gain experience in the aviation security industry and also to be a policeman,” he said.
His job is working on flight line security, which includes entry checkpoint and air transport security. He added: “I am enjoying my tour, but I miss my wife Jodie and nine-month old son Oscar, and especially not being able to see him take his first steps.”