Shaun Studzinski is one of thousands of troops which
have been sent to Macedonia as the Kosovo situation escalates.
Shaun, aged 31, is among 4,000 British troops which have been
sent to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ready to
move into Kosovo if NATO decide on that course of action.
Shaun, a former pupil at Kings Grove School in Crewe, is
a Section Commander with 23 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic
Corps (RLC). The corps is responsible for guarding the British
National Base and also carrying out construction tasks. The
Regiment has been busy keeping the port and railhead secure
as millions of pounds worth of equipment is brought ashore
and prepared for delivery to the armoured units who are preparing
to move into Kosovo.
Shaun and his section have also been preparing the campsites
for the thousands of refugees who have fled into Macedonia
to be cared for by the British Army. "It has been
hard work," said Shaun, who has two children Leanne,
aged 13, and Kyle, aged six. "But the smiles of thanks
and relief from the refugees made all the effort worthwhile."
Shaun worked as a painter and decorator before joining the
army in 1989 and his mum, Janet, still lives in Crewe. She
says: "He always wanted to join the army, even before
he left school and I wouldn't let him. Then one day he came
in and said he'd done it. He's been in the army for nine years
and said he's going to sign up for life."
"He's done four tours to Ireland, he was in the Gulf
war, Bosnia twice, Germany for three years and now here."
"I was really scared when he was in Ireland, now I get
depressed when you see all the things that are happening.
But I'm very proud of him."