Craig and Gareth prepare for
tour of duty in Afghanistan.
TWO local brothers, Craig and Gareth Rogers,
are preparing to leave Lisburn behind to begin a six-month tour
of duty with the army in Afghanistan.
The Lambeg brothers will be amongst 20
Territorial Army soldiers heading off to the region later this
In spite of the dangers in the region, the
two TA Privates are looking forward to the challenges which lie
Craig said, "This is what we joined up for.
We've trained and done our preparation and now we're getting the
chance to put it all into practice. Of course we're nervous but
we're excited too and I think we're both looking forward to the
Gareth added, "It's a bit unusual, I think,
for two brothers to be heading out on tour together but we tend
to do everything together anyway. We imagine they will split us
up when we arrive in Afghanistan although we'll obviously keep
in close touch and we can meet up when we get leave."
The pair are currently going through a
training programme before joining a pre-Tour preparation course.
Information about life in Afghanistan and the challenges
awaiting them are coming thick and fast but they won't know
exactly what's in store until they arrive. Craig and Gareth's
family is understandably nervous about them leaving.
Craig commented, "Obviously my mum, Alison,
was very concerned at her two wee boys heading off into the
great unknown, but she's been very reassured by what she heard
at the Unit Briefing Day."
Gareth concluded, "I'd like to think the
family will miss us but they're reassured that we'll have each
other to depend on."