A FYLDE coast soldier is gearing up to head back to one of the world’s most dangerous war zones for a second time.
Kingsman Sam Fox, from Poulton, is just weeks away from deploying to Afghanistan for a second time, but this time he will be leaving his new wife Raeanne at home.
The 23-year-old , who joined the Army after completing his AS levels at Blackpool 6th Form College, serves with the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment which will spend six months in Helmand Province, two years after it was last there.
A total of 425 UK troops have lost their lives since British forces moved into Afghanistan back in 2001 but the former Hodgson High School pupil is pushing any worries aside as he prepares to deploy.
Kingsman Fox, who now lives in Catterick with 23-year-old Raeanne after their Poulton wedding earlier this year, said: “My wife never likes it when I go away but she’s supportive. You’re always a bit worried, but the training has prepared me for it. I just can’t wait to get out there and do my job.”
Kingsman Fox and 3,000 of his colleagues have spent the last week training on Salisbury Plain, where they experienced working with helicopters, armoured vehicles, the Afghan National Army and working with camera crews. But when he heads out to Afghanistan Kingsman Fox will be swapping his machine gun for a communications system, with his role seeing him work with his fellow soldiers to support the Afghan National Security Forces as a signaller.
He is due to return from his tour in Spring next year, and said: “I’ll be looking forward to seeing my wife and my dog, Ralphy.
“What I most want to get out of the tour is successful hand-overs to the Afghan)army and police.
“We’ll be collapsing bases and handing them over while we’re there and I hope we can leave them with the training and understanding they need to do the job.”