Airman will complete third tour

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A Royal Air Force Airman from Northumberland is about to complete his third tour of Afghanistan, in as many years.

Corporal James Cairns, 27, from Lynemouth is working as the crew commander of red watch at the domestic fire section, Camp Bastion.

Now based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, James, whose seven-year-old daughter Abigail lives in Ashington, has deployed in his primary role as an RAF Firefighter and will be away from home for four months.

James, who attended Hirst High School in Ashington, has previously served on operations in Iraq and the Falkland Islands.

He said: “My job involves travelling across Afghanistan visiting forward operating bases, patrol bases and checkpoints to give fire training.

“I am enjoying working as part of a joint nation fire service with the United States Marine Corps.”

James received a commendation from 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) for his work on previous deployments to Afghanistan .

He has applied to take part in the charity event Tough Mudder, this October.