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Valentine's special: Rebecca and Colin

Rebecca and ColinThis week in the run up to Valentine's Day, we're celebrating RAF couples and today we start with Rebecca Scott and her RAF partner Colin. Although the couple don't normally celebrate Valentine's Day, this Valentine's is set to be different as Colin will be back from a deployment in the Falklands. In this guest blog, Rebecca tells us how she and Colin met and what their plans are for February 14th.

I grew up in a small town in West Yorkshire and Colin was in the same year as me at school but I didn't really get to know him until we'd both left school.

We got together in June 2001 but split up just before he joined the RAF in November 2002 as we thought it would be too hard to keep a long distance relationship going.

We stayed close friends throughout his basic and trade training and we saw each other when he returned home at weekends as we both had the same circle of friends. In April 2013 I began a new job working for a major high street bank and we got back together shortly after.

Colin had completed his trade training at Cosford and was posted to RAF Coltishall in Norwich working on Jaguars. When RAF Coltishall was closed, Colin was posted to RAF Coningsby then later RAF Waddington, which was the closest station to us.

Colin was promoted to Corporal in April 2012 and with his promotion came another move, this time back to Coningsby, where he was working on Typhoons.

In December 2012 we found out that we were expecting our first child and on 28 August 2013 we welcomed our little boy, Luke Alexander.

Last October Colin was deployed to the Falklands. It's going to be great having him back home for Valentine's; I can't wait.

Our son is too young to realise that his daddy is away but we do get to FaceTime quite regularly although the internet connection is not always the best. But it helps having both his family and mine living nearby; I have a fantastic support network around me.

Although Colin and I don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day, with Colin home we're hoping to treat ourselves to a lovely romantic meal.

By Rebecca Scott

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