SPIES can confide in a padre given top-secret security clearance at an airbase.
Methodist Ian Brown had to be vetted to make sure he did not have past sins such as drug-taking, debt and sexual quirks.
The Wing Commander, 46, is one of four chaplains at RAF Waddington, Lincs, where crews launch planes and drones in support of secret SAS missions.
Padre Ian confessed to The Sun: “There’s a lot that happens here that requires that level of clearance. A lot of people who work here can be exposed to challenging images.”
The base is home to planes such as Shadows, Sentinels and Sentries. It is also home to RC-135 Rivet Joints which suck up signals intelligence for GCHQ.
Much of his work is with drone crews who fire missiles and bombs at IS targets in Syria.
Padre Ian added: “The fact that they can’t go home and tell their family what they do adds pressure. That’s why we are here.
“People who come to see me can talk completely freely about their experience in the workplace. They don’t have to skirt around issues, or miss out information.”
The other three padres at the base, home to 3,500 staff, are cleared to secret level, one below top secret.
Source: The Sun