Mansfield soldier on the front line in Afghanistan this Christmas

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A SOLDIER from Mansfield will be spending his Christmas day on the front line in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Andy Hadden (42) is currently serving with the Royal Air Force where he is in charge of security at the main air terminal at Camp Bastion.

He is normally based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. There he lives with his wife Dorota and children Daniel (15), Holly (12) and little Summer just 20 months - not forgetting the poodle, Dolly.

However, the RAF deploys people wherever needed to provide security every day of the year where its is operating.

Serving far from home is not new, having spent time in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Falklands during his 19 years service with the RAF.

In his role as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for Air Transport Secuity he has responsibility for teams at three air terminals.

He said: “I’ll treat myself to a pudding, chill out and Skype the family.”

Reflecting on his role he added: “Working here was a shock to the system initially, but its alright, I’m working with a good set of guys and girls. The accomodation is good and you make out of it what you can. I feel I’m making a difference, leaving things in a good state to maintain the security of aircraft on operations.

“I joined to see the world - and I’ve served in Iraq and Saudi Arabia as well as in the Falklands. I’ve been able to run and swim to raise money for the forces charity, SSAFA.”