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Posted on Wednesday 15th February

The Ministry of Defence yesterday confirmed the sad news that Senior Aircraftman Ryan Tomlin, of 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment was killed in Afghanistan on 13 February 2012.

SAC Tomlin was taking part in a partnered patrol in the Western Dashte area on the edge of Nad-e Ali District in Central Helmand Province, to reassure and interact with the local population there. Whilst on this patrol, he was fatally wounded by small arms fire from an insurgent attack. He was evacuated to the field hospital at Camp Bastion where he died of his wounds.

21-year-old SAC Ryan Tomlin from Hemel Hempstead joined the Royal Air Force in October 2008 and completed his Trainee Gunners Course in April 2009 before moving on to the Phase One Field Gunners Course. He joined 2 Squadron, RAF Regiment, in June 2009. He completed his first tour in Afghanistan in 2010 and deployed on a second tour with No 3 RAF Force Protection Wing at Camp Bastion in October 2011.

SAC Tomlin is described as 'one of the rising stars of his squadron and regiment... a highly professional and skillful gunner who achieved all he set out to do in his three years in the Royal Air Force Regiment.'

He leaves behind his parents, Diane and Kevin, and sister Michelle.

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