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Claire Hartigan, a passport office offical, keeps most of her family close by in Lakenheath.

Claire Hartigan, a passport office offical, keeps most of her family close by in Lakenheath. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Claire Hartigan is a Lakenheath passport office official and consummate Brit. Her husband, Tech. Sgt. Michael Hartigan, and son, Senior Airman Daniel Hartigan, are both stationed at RAF Lakenheath.

So you’ve got the whole family affair here, huh? Your son and your husband. Not bad.

But my daughter didn’t get stationed here. She was devastated that she got stationed in Hawaii. But it’s a family business.

The Hartigans seem to be AF all the way. How did the three of you all end up here?

[Daniel] didn’t even ask to come back to England. Lakenheath wasn’t his choice. But I don’t mind.

Do you feel fortunate?

It’s definitely good. As much time as I can spend with my children is an ideal situation, no matter what my son says.

How did you and your husband meet?

We met at the Galaxy Club, back when it was the real Galaxy Club, in 1991.

Any difficulties with having everyone here, aside from missing your daughter in Hawaii?

I don’t think so. Even though my son is here, he lives on his own. I feel blessed that he’s here.

What a neat situation the clan Hartigan has found.

I don’t think it was that uncommon. I am glad Daniel came to Lakenheath. He’ll be two years here in March, and my husband and I don’t have to leave until 2010.

Plenty of time to figure out the family’s next move.

Yes.


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