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STAFF Sergeant Toni Stanton, 38, from Salisbury is nearing the end of a six-month tour of duty in Helmand Province, during which she has ensured that soldiers stay fit and healthy as they support the Afghan security forces.
Sgt Stanton is an environmental health technician in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving as part of the environmental health team with the UK Medical Group in Camp Bastion.
She said: “Describing my role is quite complicated because it covers so many areas. Overall though, my goal is the prevention of disease and maintenance of health of British forces in Afghanistan.”
“Despite the drawdown, the tempo of work is really high. I am very pleased with the low rate of illness, which is testament to good practice.
Back home in the UK my work is different only in so far as I help to make sure that the brigades are medically fit to deploy. This includes making sure that they are all physically fit and that all immunisations are carried out.”
Sgt Stanton, who is from Salisbury and based in Bulford, has seen service in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Belize, Australia and Northern Ireland. And with only a month to go before she returns home, she has ensured that everything is in place for her successor.
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