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article imagePrince Harry returns to the front line

By Greta McClain     Sep 7, 2012 in World
Kabul - After spending time enjoying all the festivities of the London Olympics and learning that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, Prince Harry is ready to get back to business, heading to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty.
In an interview with CBS News back in May, Prince Harry said:
''I've served my country. I enjoyed it because I was with my friends. And, you know, everyone has a part to play. All these people talking these stories of 'Oh, he's been trained as (an) Apache pilot, he's never going to see active service, he's never going to get to the front line'. These people live in a ridiculous world to even think that. You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play. For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the Army, I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again.''
In the past, questions arose as to the wisdom of deploying a member of the Royal Family in a combat zone. Captain Wales, the name he is known by in the Army, would certainly prove to be a valuable prize to the enemy if they were able to capture him. But according to Sky News General Sir Mike Jackson, former head of the Army, says Harry must fulfill his obligation to the military. He goes on to say:
"Let's be clear, both of these young princes (Harry and William) chose to join the Armed Forces. They both know what is involved, it comes with the job and both of these young men, I have no doubt, understand that fully."
As an Apache pilot, Harry controls one of Taliban's most feared weapons. The insurgents currently have nothing that can counter the maneuverability, firepower and armor of the Apache. Unless there is a mechanical malfunction or pilot error, Prince Harry is about as safe as any soldier in a war zone can be who is in southern Afghanistan, the Sky News article says.
The Prince will be stationed at the Camp Bastion complex, which is one of the busiest airfields in the world, with more than 28,000 people working on site, according to CNN.
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