A unique picture for Mumâ€™s photo album recently presented itself when two brothers closed a 3,500 mile gap and met up in Afghanistan.
Royal Air Force Corporal Darren Adams and his younger Army brother Wayne were able to enjoy a few precious hours together when they found themselves together at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.
Private Wayne Adams (left) of 3 Mercians with his brother Cpl Darren Adams RAF. Photo Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
Darren is currently serving at Camp Bastion working as a member of the Tactical Supply Wing delivering fuel, food, equipment and mail to the troops at the Forward Operating Bases (FOBâ€™s).
One of these FOBâ€™s is where Private Wayne Adams will be based for the next 6 months, once he has completed a short phase of training at Bastion. Wayne (29) is a member of the 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment and will be conducting ground-holding operations until October, as part of Op Herrick 14. Wayne is normally based at Fallingbostel in Germany. Darren will return to RAF Stafford in the Midlands in June.
The lads have not seen each other since Christmas and, by their own admission, the reunion was quite an emotional one. â€œDarren came and found me on one of the training days and as soon as I heard him shout my name I knew it was him and my stomach turned; it was brilliant to see him after so long.â€ Wayne said.
Private Wayne Adams (foreground) and Cpl Darren Adams. Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright/MOD 2011
The brothers had the opportunity to spend a few hours over the next few nights chatting over coffee, mainly about how they can keep in touch with their family.
Darren confessed to being worried about his â€˜little brotherâ€™ before he got here. â€œWe have agreed to keep in touch and I will be the one to let Mum know that our Wayne is okay.â€œ He said. Wayne was far more straightforward about the whole thing. â€œI have trained for 18 months for this tour and I am as ready as I will ever be; I just want to get on and do it now and then get home to all my loved ones.â€
The next time the family will have the opportunity to all be together again is in a couple of months when Darren is home and Wayne takes his leave.