Army postman will now be eye-in-the-sky spy

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A SOLDIER from Berkhamsted is to swap delivering post to his fellow servicemen for delivering valuable intelligence to top brass in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Former Tring School pupil Alistair Geraghty has served as a postman in the war-torn country, but will soon be heading a team controlling Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aircraft to look for the enemy.

The 27-year-old, from Castle ward in Berkhamsted, said: “We will go out in a five-man team with the infantry for six months.

“The guys will go out on patrols on the ground through villages and we will fly our UAV overhead, looking for the enemy and doing ground analysis and looking for IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices].”

Commander Alistair, who is based at Larkhill when back in England, is in charge of the camera on the aircraft.

The rest of his team launch and recover the plane, use a laptop to control it and even use a controller from an Xbox console.

Read the full story in this week’s Berkhamsted & Tring Gazette, out tomorrow (Wednesday, March 30)