For serving personnel, when they’re thousands of miles from their family, it can be tough going at the best of times, especially missing events like their children’s birthdays, their first school play, or the heartache of not being there for the cherished birth of a new-born.
Of course, nothing can ever replace the magic of actually being there, back home. But, continuing our support of the RAF family, we’ve got the next best thing – Wings Video Mail.
Wings Video Mail is the RAF Association’s latest innovation to allow RAF personnel serving in Afghanistan, stay in touch with family and friends, offering a secure, personal way to send a one-minute message free of charge back to the UK.
With MoD policy, real-time visual communication such as video calls and Skype aren’t practical on the front line so Wings Video Mail will offer the perfect alternative to all RAF personnel wanting to feel as close to home as they can.
A total of 8 of the distinctive blue, touchscreen Video Mail recording booths are now located in specific areas across Afghanistan such as Bastion and Kandahar.
“When out in the field, keeping in contact with loved ones is of paramount importance for peace of mind and general morale,” said Director of Welfare of the RAF Association, Rory O’Connor. “Wings Video Mail has been a while coming and allows us to bring your family just that little bit closer. We’re immensely proud to be able to roll the service out, to offer serving RAF personnel a free and convenient way to keep in touch with family back in Britain.”
If you’re about to head off to Afghanistan, find out more at your pre-deployment briefing, or, to use Wings Video Mail whilst on deployment, look out for the Wings Video Mail sticker on the communications cabins.