A SOLDIER from Daventry who has started his first tour of duty in Afghanistan has said its a fulfillment of a “lifelong ambition.”
Dale Stevens, 21, from Cunningham Close on the Southbrook estate, flew out to Camp Bastion on Tuesday as part of the Four Logistics Support Regiment.
He will be taking supplies including weapons and fuel to British troops across the region.
Speaking to the Daventry Express the evening before he flew out, Private Stevens said: “I am really excited to be getting out there and looking forward to it.
“I have wanted to be in the military since I was a very young age and for me, it has been a lifelong ambition to go out and represent my country.”
Pvt Stevens, who was born in Bridgend, has lived in Daventry most of his life, attending both William Parker and Danetre Schools. He has known that he would going out there since May last year.
He added: “I am not scared about going out there. I know that I have a job to do and am focused on that.
“It is my first time out there so I have been asking a lot of the other guys who have been out there what it is like. We will all be supporting each other while we are out there.”
Pvt Stevens is currently doing a six day training course with the six month tour starting at the weekend. It will finish in October.
Pvt Stevens, who wil turn 22 while he is in Afghanistan, says his family, are proud of him.
He will be supported by his mum Nicola, two brothers Morgan and Joshua along with his girlfriend Amber Brown from Daventry.
He said: “They have known that I have wanted to do this for a long time but my mum, brother and my girlfriend are all very happy for me.”
Mrs Stevens said: “I am going to miss him and I love him so much. He is going to be missed by his all of his family and friends. His entire family are very proud of him for going out there.”