Brotherly bond for army duo

TWO brothers stationed at a Suffolk Army base are serving together in Afghanistan for the first time.

Staff sergeant Ray Neenan, 29, and 21-year-old Corporal Darren Neenan are currently on operations at Camp Bastion in Helmand province.

The brothers – who serve with 654 Squadron Army Air Corps, whose home is at Wattisham Airfield – both service the regiment’s Apache helicopter gunships.

And because of their ranks, Cpl Neenan has to answer to his older brother.

“Having Ray as a boss is OK,” he said. “Some of the guys have asked me to approach him to see if we can get an easier time, but I’m too professional for that.”

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He added: “There’s light-hearted banter about having a big brother watching over.”

Sgt Neenan said: “This is the most time we’ve spent together by a country mile.

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“I’ve been keeping an eye out for him;.

“We’re getting to know each other a lot better.”

The two brothers are from Chatham in Kent.

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