AN airman has returned home after a four-month tour of Afghanistan.
Flt Sgt Trevor Ford, 49, of Stamford, is back at home with wife Ann after his fourth tour of the country as the shift engineering boss keeping a flight of Merlin helicopters in the air, which transport troops around Helmand province.
Flt Sgt Ford is based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. He will return to Afghanistan early next year.
His job involves running a shift managing some of more than 50 engineers and maintenance crews that support the Merlins.
They all work a simple 12-hours on and 12-hours off rota, switching from days to nights halfway through the tour, based at Camp Bastion.
Flt Sgt Ford, who is a father of two and grandfather of three, said: “I enjoy this with more opportunities to work to your own initiatives in theatre. It feels like a bit more freedom to make things work.”
Flt Sgt Ford, who enlisted in 1978, has also worked on fast jets including Jaguars, Tornados and the Harriers at RAF Cottesmore.
He has served in the US, Kuwait, the Middle East and the Falklands.