Soldiers head off to war zones

PUBLISHED: 11:24 02 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:08 06 May 2010

Capt Claire Pitts – will be in charge of the chefs who keep British soldiers well fed in Iraq

Capt Claire Pitts – will be in charge of the chefs who keep British soldiers well fed in Iraq

TWO SOLDIERS from Comet country are getting ready for overseas tours of duty. Claire Pitts, 27, from Biggleswade Road in Upper Caldecote is off to Iraq tomorrow (Friday) and Lieutenant Alex Horner, from Wansbeck Close in Great Ashby, will report on Monday

Lieutenant Alex Horner

TWO SOLDIERS from Comet country are getting ready for overseas tours of duty.

Claire Pitts, 27, from Biggleswade Road in Upper Caldecote is off to Iraq tomorrow (Friday) and Lieutenant Alex Horner, from Wansbeck Close in Great Ashby, will report on Monday to prepare for a stint in Afghanistan.

Captain Pitts, 27, a former Stratton Upper School pupil, is going to Iraq with 19 Light Brigade.

Her job out there is to manage all the chefs who will be feeding the many thousands of hungry soldiers in the country.

She will also be checking hygiene and food standards, and monitoring and overseeing laundry, washing and cleaning contracts.

Her base for the next seven months will be Basra air station.

Capt Pitts said: "We've been training for this operation for several months now and I feel that we've been fully prepared for the seven-month tour that we're about to undertake.

"I'm slightly apprehensive about the duration of time I'm going to be out in Iraq and the nature of the security situation on the ground at the moment but we've all got a very important job to do and I am sure we will do it to the best of our ability."

Lieut Horner, 30, is a Territorial Army soldier who will be in command of an infantry rifle platoon in Kabul providing force protection for the allied rapid reaction corps.

On Monday he will go to Chilwell in Nottinghamshire for three months' build-up training, leaving behind a day job at Selex in Luton.

Lieut Horner says he is looking forward to leading the platoon.

"I'm very excited and really want to go.

"I personally really enjoy leading soldiers.

"About a third of my platoon has already got operational experience and we'll have three months to get up to speed.

"We'll be well prepared."

Capt Pitts will be sending The Comet regular updates about her time in Iraq.

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