The husband is 32-year old Gareth Mawdsley from Liverpool, a commander of the Royal Navy. His wife is 35-year old Rachel Mawdsley from Newbury in Berkshire – she is a squadron leader of the RAF. And they are in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan celebrating their honeymoon.
They had got married last year but had to lead separately due to the call of duty.
Right now both are posted in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and are trying hard to find some time slot which they can call their own.
Alcohol is not available in the base and they had to make-do with a bottle of coke to raise a toast instead of a bottle of wine.
They long for a bit of privacy but are always surrounded by US Marines and all of them carry weapons – it is difficult to become romantic under such circumstances.
They hope to make up for lost time and opportunities when they go on leave to Tanzania and Rwanda.