Prince Harry Heading Back to Afghanistan

Apache pilot expected to join unit in combat zone
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2011 1:58 AM CDT
Prince Harry miles as he receives his helicopter pilot's wings from his father, Prince Charles, at the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop, England.   (AP Photo/Eddie Keogh, pool)
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(Newser) – Prince Harry is likely to return to military service in Afghanistan next year, although you won't be hearing about it when he does. The prince—whose first tour of duty in the combat zone was cut short after a media leak—has qualified as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, been cleared for redeployment, and is likely to join the rest of his unit in Afghanistan some time in 2012, according to the Telegraph.

The prince has made it clear he doesn't want his training to go to waste. "God knows how much money's been spent on us," he said earlier this year. "If I'm not going then I'm taking up someone else's space." Officials refused to confirm or deny any details on his deployment. Harry "is an army pilot and will deploy wherever the army chooses to send him," a palace spokesman told the Guardian.

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