Two brothers from Birmingham have been reunited in Afghanistan, where they are both serving with the Royal Air Force.
Squadron Leader Paul Lilly and his brother, Senior Aircraftsman Matt Barre, half brothers from Great Barr, had not seen each other for nearly nine months when they met up at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan.
Mr Barre, aged 25, said: “One of the things we all miss when we’re on operations is time with our families. So, to be able to spend a few hours catching up with Paul was absolutely fantastic.”
Mr Lilly agreed: “Matt has been incredibly busy in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Paul, who has been serving in the RAF since 1986. “It’s difficult to keep in touch when we’re both dashing around the world, so it’s pretty amazing that we happened to be in the same place at the same time.”
Mr Barre works with a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan’s Helmand province and is closely involved in improving living conditions for Afghans throughout the province by working with the Afghan Government.
He said: “There’s so much work to be done; I’m proud to play my part.”