Brave Adam's danger Afghan mission

PUBLISHED: 09:01 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 17 June 2010

A SIDFORD soldier was among British troops who took part in a dangerous Christmas Day mission in Afghanistan. Adam Howe, 23, of the 1st Battalion The Rifles infiltrated Haji Asadullah Khan, a village swarming with Taliban in order to rid the area of the i

A SIDFORD soldier was among British troops who took part in a dangerous Christmas Day mission in Afghanistan.

Adam Howe, 23, of the 1st Battalion The Rifles infiltrated Haji Asadullah Khan, a village swarming with Taliban in order to rid the area of the insurgents and seize their weapons.

Adam, along with soldier Corbin Mackin, found two pressure plates used to set off roadside bombs that have maimed and killed hundreds of people.

His parents, Marie, 51, and Kevin, 49, of Sidford High Street, spoke of his "bravery".

"We are so proud of him. He is always one that volunteers to go first so we weren't surprised when he told us about the mission over Christmas," said Marie.

"He loves it in the army and he said he was made to be a soldier.

"All the time we don't hear from him we get really worried and we think about him every day. We miss him and we can't wait to see him."

"We normally decorate the whole house but this year we have put the British flag up in support of him and all the other troops instead."

Adam is due home in February for two weeks and his parent's plan to celebrate Christmas with him then.

"We are going to have another Christmas dinner and we have kept all of his presents for when he comes back," she said.

Although Adam took part in the deadly mission over Christmas he managed to speak to his parents on Christmas Day.

"He just said 'Merry Christmas Mum' and told us he's missing us."

The soldiers received a special treat when chefs were flown into the southern Afghanistan base and cooked them a traditional dinner.

"All they have had to eat is rationed food and Adam has a lost a lot of weight so it was a real treat for them to have a proper dinner," added Marie.

"We have been sending him food parcels and he always says how nice it is to eat real food."

Adam's tour ends in April when he will be able to fly back to England and see his friends and family.

"He's missing home and all the home comforts. He can't wait to have a proper wash and proper food. He's really looking forward to seeing his girlfriend, Nadine, and all of his mates at Sidmouth Rugby Club and the Rising Sun," she said.

But Marie's worry will not end when Adam returns as his younger brother Aaron, 20, also a soldier, is due to start his tour of Afghanistan next September.

Aaron, of the 46 Squadron is currently based in Gutaslo, Germany, but he flew back to spend Christmas at home.

Marie added: "It was a real surprise when Adam joined the army as well. It was very sad when Aaron flew to Germany on the Friday and then Aaron went to Afghanistan on the Saturday.

"But we are just so proud of both of them and want them to come back safe.


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