RAF relies on Robyn

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A high-flying former Sheffield schoolgirl is enjoying a four-month deployment managing a Tornado detachment in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Robyn Muscroft-Bloomfield is acting as flight operations manager for 12 (Bomber) Squadron’s tornado detachment in Kandahar.

The 30-year-old, from Lodge Moor, who is normally stationed in Scotland, said: “It is a unique opportunity, being able to see UK-based training realised in such a high tempo, operational environment.

“I work in support of a dynamic and quick reaction team that provides a vital role supporting ground troops. It is very rewarding.”

The former Tapton School pupil’s role requires her to be ‘the subject matter expert for all air traffic-related tasks’ – providing mission materials, highlighting hazards along the flight route and giving weather information.

Sgt Muscroft-Bloomfield, who is engaged to RAF colleague Corporal Liam Williams, joined the force in 2006 as a flight operations assistant and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.

She said: “I miss the freedom and hills of home though. I love the outdoors, and walking my dog.”

Sgt Muscroft-Bloomfield – whose parents, Martin and Ellaine and sister, Hannah, still live in Sheffield – is also in training, along with 12 other members of the squadron, to climb the 6,476-metre Meera Peak in the Nepalese Himalayas next year .

The team hope to raise £24,000 for 12 charities, including the Stroke Association, after Sgt Muscroft-Bloomfield’s father, a mountaineer, suffered a stroke last year.