AN AIRMAN from the Royal Air Force Regiment killed in Afghanistan has been named as Senior Aircraftsman Ryan Tomlin.
The 21-year-old airman, from Hemel Hempstead, was killed by small arms fire while on a routine patrol in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
SAC Tomlin joined the Royal Air Force in October 2008, completing his Trainee Gunners Course in April 2009 before moving on to the Phase One Field Gunners Course.
He was selected to join 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, based at Royal Air Force Honington, in June 2009.
He completed his first tour in Afghanistan in 2010 as a specialist driver on a rifle flight, the RAF Regiment equivalent of a platoon, defending Kandahar Air Base.
He deployed on a second tour to Afghanistan with No. 3 RAF Force Protection Wing at Camp Bastion in October 2011.
The family of SAC Tomlin said: “Ryan loved and lived life to the full.
“He gave his life at a very young age doing the job he loved.
“Ryan will be sorely missed by his family and friends and everyone who loved him.
“We will remember his cheeky grin and great sense of humour.
“Ryan will be forever young and never forgotten.
“Our true hero and shining star.”
SAC Tomlin leaves behind his mother and father, Diane and Kevin, and a sister, Michelle.