The youngest hero​ in spotlight

A MEARNS soldier who is battling the Taliban has been honoured for being the youngest serviceman in Afghanistan.

Teenager Scott Adams, from Fordoun, was publicly embraced by Lieutenant General John Allen - commander of NATO forces in the country - at a 9/11 remembrance service in the capital Kabul.

The gesture recognised the fact that Scott (18), is the youngest srving member in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

His mum Sonja Adams says whe was bursting with pride when she saw an image of the moment Lt Gen Allen embraced her son, a former Mearns Academy pupil.

The 38-year-old said: “He was chosen to be embraced in front of everyone at the 9/11 memorial service as he is currently the youngest serviceman in Afghanistan.

“I am absolutely bursting with pride. The whole family is absolutely delighted for him.”

Scott has been based in the war-torn country since he deployed from his usual base in Germany on May 5. This has been his first tour of duty and Sonja says he has not told her much in their weekly telephone calls.

“He hasn’t really said much but I don’t know if that is because I am his mum and he doesn’t want to worry me.”

Scott wanted to join the Army since he was a small boy and signed up at the age of 16.

Signaller Adams serves with the Royal Signals Corp and is usually based in Elmpt, Germany, where he is training to be an electrician. He has been employed as a protective mobility driver, based in Kabul.

Scott was due home this week for a fortnight’s leave before returning to Afghanistan and a family barbecue was planned to welcome him home

Scott is also looked up to by his sister Melissa (11) and 16-year-old brother Jamie, an apprentice electrician