War zone hosts family reunion

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A BROTHER and sister are serving in the armed forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province together.

Former Whitley Bay High School pupils Joe Stamp and his sister Jessica have found themselves serving in the same camp while taking part in the British peacekeeping mission in the war-torn nation.

Joe, 26, is a troop sergeant with the Light Dragoons’ brigade reconnaissance force, acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for soldiers on the ground, as well as helping Afghan troops conduct search operations.

Jess, 21, is an air steward in the Royal Air Force, based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, and helps transport troops between the UK and Afghanistan.

Joe said: “It’s a bit weird, but it’s good to see Jessica out here.

“We don’t get to see each other that often in the UK, so I’m seeing her more out here than I do in the UK.”

Jess, a senior aircraftswoman, said: “I’m very proud of my brother, and it’s nice to see how he’s working.

“It’s really relaxing to see him when I’m out here. It’s something to look forward to.”

Though Joe is out in Afghanistan for six months, Jessica only spends a few days there at a time before flying another plane-load of passengers back to the UK.