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Nurse to join son on army duty in Afghanistan

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A Surrey nurse is about to start her second tour of a war zone, where she will be serving with her son.

Elaine Howlin, a nurse in the clinical assessment unit at Epsom Hospital in Surrey, is to be sent overseas for the second time in her ten years of being in the Territorial Army.

Ms Howlin, 55, is commanding officer of the C squadron of the 256 (City of London) Field Hospital, where she holds the rank of major. She will fly to Afghanistan in October for three months, where she will join her son, Martin, who is in the Grenadier Guards.

Major Howlin and her colleagues will replace staff from Danish Military Reservist Field Hospital at Camp Bastion. ‘The situation in Afghanistan is still very dangerous for our soldiers and it’s very reassuring for me to know that they are receiving the best medical care available,’ she said.

She also has previous experience, having served in Iraq. ‘I was sent to Iraq in 2004 and got an awful lot of job satisfaction from it’, she said.

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