A FORMER Salisbury City youth footballer has enjoyed a rare meeting with his brother while both serve in Afghanistan.
Captain Sean Tee, 31, from the Friary in Salisbury, is based at Camp Bastion where he is a troop commander in the Royal Logistic Corps serving with the Military Working Dogs squadron.
His brother, Sergeant Stephen Tee, 33, works to the north in the capital Kabul.
Despite both being in the army, the former St Joseph’s School students have rarely seen each other in uniform, but Stephen travelled to Helmand Province for a course last week and the pair had a chance to meet.
Sean said: “It was great to see him. He’s been in the army for 15 years and I’ve been in for four years, but we just don’t cross paths. When he said he was coming down for some promotion training we arranged to meet up and were even able to have dinner together.”
Stephen, who is in the Royal Army Medical Corps, left for Afghanistan, where UK forces continue to provide support to the Afghans as they lead security operations in the country, in August.
His brother arrived in December, meaning that on Christmas Day both relied on phone calls to contact their mother Patricia, a chef at Milford Hall Hotel. Their other brother Paul, 38, is a painter and decorator with Moulding.
Sean said: “It was unusual spending Christmas away.
It’s not ideal, obviously, but I’m lucky having a brother out here who I can just speak to on the phone.”
Stephen is an army medic and works as a medical practice manager at Qargha near Kabul, where UK personnel are mentoring recruits and trainers at the new Afghan National Army Officer Academy.
He said: “It’s been great having Sean out here; we’ve spoken more in the past few months than we ever normally do. It was a real bonus to be able to get down to Camp Bastion and see him.”