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afghanistanEagle Radio journalist Rebecca Burrows spent five days in Afghanistan reporting on how Surrey and Hampshire's troops live day-to-day in Camp Bastion.

Click each report to hear more from her journey. 

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Surrey and Hampshire troops send messages home to loved ones


Listen to Rebeca's reports on Surrey and Hampshire troops missing home:


afghanistanMany of our troops out in Afghanistan have been away for a number of months.

Sometimes they need a bit of extra support as they are away from friends and family for long periods of time.

That is where military chaplain Mike Thomason steps in: "We know them, we know their families and the relationships that go on.

"So, we can serve alongside them with real compassion.

"When there's issues at home, we know who they are talking about, and we can help them discuss those issues.

“People are away from their families for an extended period of time.

“I'm married with two children myself and just being away for a long period is hard work."

Eagle’s Rebecca Burrows asked Surrey and Hampshire troops in Camp Bastion if they have a message for any loved ones back home and this was their response:

Messages for loved ones back home

  • Surrey flight nurse Corporal Rebecca Gadd: “Just thank you so much for all of your support, it’s been lovely, and I can’t wait to see you.”
  • Moseley-based Lance Corporal David Forshaw: “Just say hi to my mum, dad and my brothers, and my two dogs, Milly and Timmy, and my girlfriend Rachel out in Germany.”
  • Liphook-based Captain Christoper Hausser: “I was just like to say it's fantastic being out here but it's even more fantastic going on R&R, I look forward to seeing everyone when I get back.”
  • Horley-based Sergeant Ben D’ll: “I’ll be home by Christmas, and I’ll see you all then.”
  • Fleet-based Zabina Zmitrowicz: “I miss them all so so much and I love you loads, and I’m counting down the days till I come home.”
  • Epsom-based Corporal Mark Stewart: “Just I’m looking forward to getting home, looking forward to catching up with everyone, and thanks for all of your support whilst I have been out here.”
  • Epsom-based Lieutenant Rob Kelly: “I can say hello to my mum, my dad, my sister will be working in Aldershot at the moment I think, so hello to them.”
  • Guildford-based rifleman Jacob Orme: “Missing everyone back home, can’t wait to get back.”
  • Farnborough-based rifleman Glenn Roper: “I’m doing fine, I miss you lots, and can’t wait to get back."
  • Aldershot-based trooper Tristan Kelly: “To my mum I miss you a lot so hopefully see you in a couple of months.”