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TROOPER GETS BAPTISM OF FIRE IN AFGHANISTAN.

Byline: STEVE BAGNALL

A SOLDIER came under "indirect fire" as he completed his first mission in Afghanistan.

Fusilier Adam Davies, 22, returned safely after the operation in Helmand Province to gather terrain information on an unpatrolled area.

Adam, from Buckley, is a general purpose machine gunner with D company 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh.

After he returned from the operation, Adam said: "The operation was a real eye-opener.

"It was scary but, in hindsight, enjoyable. They hit us with IDF (Indirect Fire) and that was when our training paid off.

"It was intense and stressful but we followed our drills and everything went well."

The qualified roofer and former Buckley High School pupil is preparing for more missions in Afghanistan.

"We've trained for well over a year; we were more than ready for it.

Everyone was nervous but it was more nervous excitement than being scared," he said.

"My parents feel proud but Mum's nervous about me being out here. I get to speak to them most nights though," he added.

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Fusilier Adam Davies of Buckley came under fire on his first operation in Helmand Province
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2010
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