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INSIGHT IssuE 1 2010

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RAF Sub-AquA Diving

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Sqn Ldr Beddoes

From the

editor...

Christmas and New Year are

now fading memories as we

look forward to the rest of

the Year.

It was an intense time for Waddington’s

personnel, with over 300 men and women

deployed in support of Operations over the

festive period. Still more were busy, here

at Waddington, providing the vital in-depth

support for those deployed. Two of our articles

relate to Waddington Sqn deployments and their

experiences, supporting operations over Christmas.

However, we should remember that without the intense

assistance provided by the wider Station community,

these deployments would not be possible.

Deployments inevitably put pressure on

families and loved ones and are more acutely felt

over Christmas. The ‘Community Matters’ and

‘Deployment Support to Families’ articles detail

the type of support available to families during

such deployments, and indeed at all times. There

is a distinctive sport and Adventurous training

theme to this edition, with two boxing articles:

one describing the experience of participating in

a Boxing Tournament, the other a Boxing evening

which raised £7,000 for charity.

Sport and Adventurous Training are fine

examples of the Work Hard Play Hard ethic,

highlighting the value the RAF places in such

activities. Both require determination and

courage, and help to promote Team Spirit and

Ethos; all of which are key values required whilst

on Operations, as well as during normal RAF

life. Indeed, many of the Sport and Adventurous

Training participants have either recently come

back from supporting operations, or are soon

going to support operations.

We have continued the theme of a Charity

section as considerable charity work is carried

out throughout the year, but have added a section

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significant role with young people of the local

community, and in the following months we will

run a number of articles covering Youth Matters

at RAF Waddington. In this edition we have

concentrated on Work Experience, and Project

X, which was run for the 3rd year in succession

and involved 60 students from local Secondary

Schools competing in a Schools’ Challenge at RAF

Waddington.

It leaves me to wish you all a belated Happy New

Year and best wishes for 2010. This Magazine relies

on it’s readers sending in articles and I know many

of you have some very interesting stories to tell –

some even suitable to be published! I am interested

in having a section on RAF Waddington old and

new, bringing stories on areas of Waddington from

past and present not just from an historical point

of view, but from a personal perspective. There

are many people who have fascinating stories of

events in the past that are directly relevant to us all

now. If you have an event or story, please send an

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FroNT Cover ImaGe:

Gp Capt Powell enjoys a moment

to reflect during the RAF Sub-Aqua

Expedition to Malta. See page 18

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CoNTeNTS

STN Cdr’S ForeWord / 04

aIr SHoW Team

Group Captain Richard Powell /

Business award

54 (r) SQN 06

54 Degrees North Continued

kNoCk ouT eveNT........... 08

RAF Boxing Association

raFa evereST CHaLLeNGe 10

Climbing for Charity

ProjeCT x 12

2009 Schools’ Challenge

PIPeS & drumS 13

Homecomings and St Barnabas

roGe FooTITT 14

The Man... The Legend

8 SQN... 16

On Operations...

Work exPerIeNCe / ParTy 18

At RAF Waddington / Children’s PartySqn

THe LIGHT BLue dIve... 20

RAF Sub-Aqua Clubs

BoxING CHamPIoNSHIP 24

Lord Wakefield’s Championship

SeCreTary oF STaTe... 25

Of Defence Visits RAF Waddington

Padre’S PaTTer4 26

Don’t Worry

CommuNITy maTTerS 28

Support to Families

5(aC) SQN... 30

On Operations

STaTIoN CHarITIeS 32

Charities Update

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sTATION cOMMANdER

station commander’s

Foreword

Group captain

Richard powell

Why did you decide

to join the RAF?’ is

a question that I’ve

often been asked by

my civilian colleagues

and friends during my

career and one that has

probably been asked of

you too.

We all have our own reasons:

the ability to earn nationally

recognised qualifications

and skills; job satisfaction;

competitive wages; the chance to travel;

excellent personal training and development

opportunities; a varied, exciting lifestyle; a

sense of pride; free medical and dental care.

Others reasons might include free fitness

and sports facilities, the opportunity to

play sports and take part in adventurous

training expeditions. We often take these

benefits for granted and may not take full

advantage of them.

Here at RAF Waddington we have

the opportunity to keep fit and healthy

through a wide range of top-class sports

and training facilities including a modern

gymnasium, weights and aerobics suites,

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swimming pool, squash courts, climbing

wall, sports field, artificial pitch and

other specialist training facilities. We also

have the opportunity to play numerous

team sports and to take part in some

more unusual sports. The Gym also runs

regular fitness classes including circuits,

spinning and Bodypump and the Physical

Training Instructors are always on hand to

offer training advice and tips. So if you’ve

not been making the most of the fitness

and sports facilities on offer and have

always been meaning to go to lunchtime

circuits, have a swim, represent your unit

in the monthly Station Commander’s Cup

events or slip on your boots to play five-aside

football with your workmates, now’s

your chance!

Like sport, the opportunity for us

to take part in Adventurous Training

activities, or AT for short, is often

overlooked. Adventurous Training is

an important element of Service life. It

provides challenge, a sense of adventure,

excitement, variety, interest, contact with

nature and the broadening experience

of travel. Not only is it excellent fun,

but it is also a chance to learn new skills

and to develop your leadership abilities,

initiative, teamwork, physical and mental

courage, fitness and other personal skills

vital to operational capability. There is

a wide variety of AT activities on offer

including caving, hill walking, climbing,

paragliding, kayaking, hang gliding,

parachuting, offshore sailing, skiing and

sub-aqua diving. As well as the opportunity

to go on Adventurous Training courses

at a Joint Services Centre, there are

numerous UK and overseas expeditions

organised and run by RAF Waddington

personnel throughout the year. This

edition of Insight contains articles on hill

walking and sub-aqua diving expeditions

that took place last year. I encourage all

of you to take time for AT. This year, why

don’t you set yourself a challenge either

to try a new and exciting activity or to

further develop your AT experience and

qualifications. Whether you would like

to organize an expedition or just take

part, the Physical Education staff and,

in particular, Cpl Ki Williams, will only

be too happy to provide you with all the

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air Show

Team Finalists

In Business

awards

The Waddington International

Air Show Team were finalists

in the 2009 Supporting The

Community Award.

PHoToS

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The Airshow

Team

Left to right:

Back Row:

Danny

Mellor, David

Thomas, Colin

Reeves

Front Row:

Katerina

Greenlaw; Lynda

Byram

Part of the Lincolnshire Media

Business Awards, sponsored

by the Lincolnshire Media

Group, in association with

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Supporting the Community category

is aimed at businesses or organisations

which contribute to, and benefit the

local community. The RAF Waddington

International Air Show was selected

because of the contribution to the local

economy (estimated at £12,000,000

per annum) and because of the amount

of money raised for charity since the

show began in 1995. To date, a total of

£2,578,000 has been raised for charity

by the Air Show with £329,000 of that

donated to local charities and worthy

causes. The proceeds for charity from

the 2009 Air Show was £325,000.

Air Show Manager Colin Reeves said

“I am very pleased that the work of our

small team has been recognised with a

final placement by business industry and

commerce. We look forward to welcoming

you on 3rd and 4th July 2010 to RAF

Waddington for the 16th RAF Waddington

International Air Show.” n

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54(R) sqN

54 degrees

North

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54(R) sqn Expedition (part 2)

In the last edition, we left our seven intrepid 54 (R) Sqn

Expedition members at Kirkby Stephen. They had almost

reached the halfway point in their bid to walk from Coast

to Coast following Wainwright’s traditional guidelines. What

happened next? Continuing their daily “hit parade” theme….

A NEW ENTRy hITS ThE chART

AT NuMBER 7, “I WOuLD WALk 500

MILES” By ThE PROcLAIMERS:-

The Pennines beckoned, and our entry into

the Yorkshire Moors was eagerly anticipated

as a contrast to both the mountains of the

Lake District and the plateau we had just

traversed. Unfortunately, to get there we had

to cross the largest (and muddiest) peat bog

of the whole trip. This started with an ascent

of the western edge of the Pennines up to

the strange, but prominent, Nine Standards

Rigg. From here, the route is marked to

preserve the delicate peat bog and varies

by time of year (all appeared to be equally

wet and muddy). The Whitsundale Beck

provided a pleasant escape from the bog and

led down towards the small picturesque,

but ultimately publess, village of Keld.

Fortunately, the local campsite shop was

reached just as “Bulmer’s hour” was being

celebrated and it seemed rude not to briefly

join in the local celebration. At this point the

team were to be treated to the rare luxury

of two nights in the same accommodation,

as the bunkhouse was situated conveniently

between stages. Luckily, it was in complete

isolation and nobody else was “treated” to

Tom’s rousing rendition of “her eyes they

shone like diamonds”, which appeared to

be inspired by a rather attractive black horse

we had passed on route. Jase, was overheard

commenting that it was nothing compared

to “my little pony”.

ANOThER NEW ENTRy STORMS

ThE chARTS AT NuMBER 6,

“NAvIgATOR” By ThE POguES:-

Wainwright’s book clearly states that he

does not want others to “merely follow

my path”, but “devise their own route”

so we let Stu navigate today, and that is

exactly what we did! A relatively short

day was planned with Reeth our final

destination. The path very quickly became

a little narrow in places as we climbed up

Swinners Gill, and it is a matter of debate

whether the team were aware (this time)

that there was once again an easier low

level alternative. As we reached the high

ground, the winds and rain started to get

up, buffeting us for the next couple of hours

as we traversed towards Gunnerside Gill.

This area is characterised by the remnants

of once vibrant mining establishments

that litter each and every Gill, and are in

themselves an impressive testament to the

past industrious nature of this area and its

inhabitants. Grouse butts now also litter

the high ground and we witnessed the

latter stages of “a gents day out”, as we

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umped into a Range Rover convoy and

a couple of packs of gundogs. Luckily for

Stu, they were restrained by the time we

passed by. One of the more friendly gents

was even kind enough to update us with the

details of the test match as he drove past.

We did not have the heart to tell him that

he was enlightening one of our three “noncricketing

nation” team members who

couldn’t have given a silly mid off about

the finer points of his googly full toss!

DOWN TWO PLAcES AT NuMBER

5 “WALk ON By” By DIONNE

WARWIck:-

The plan for today was to walk a reasonably

short day from Reeth to the only real town

on our route, Richmond. The following day

was planned to be a lot longer, and so we

decided to push on to Catterick Bridge and

reduce the next day by around five miles. If

it had not started to bucket down once more

on the outskirts of Richmond the need to

walk straight past numerous opportunities

for refuge, shelter and sustenance would

have attracted little comment, however…

The route followed the river Swale that had

been our companion now for two days, past

Colburn and Brompton on Swale, where

our barn accommodation awaited. The

unexpected bonus at this stop was being

woken by a rathe --r noisy Cockerel very

early in the morning, as opposed to one

of the snory triplets every ten minutes.

A RE-ENTRy AT NuMBER 4, “LONg

AND WINDINg ROAD” By ThE

BEATLES:-

Wainwright describes this section as the

“dullest part of the whole walk” and you

would be pushed to find anyone in the team

to disagree, but it was, however, a necessity

to bridge the gap between the Yorkshire

Dales and Yorkshire Moors National

parks. One point of note is that you reach

the lowest point of the walk between the

coastal extremities at Danby Wiske, which

is just 110 feet above sea level.

SLIPPINg DOWN ONE PLAcE AT

NuMBER 3, “I’LL FIND My WAy

hOME” By JON AND vANgELIS:-

The North Yorkshire Moors and probably

the best day’s walking since the Lakes,

soon enabled the team to rediscover

their energy. Stadler and Waldorf (Tom

& Steve) combined to take the lead and

kindly included a quick half hour of

Survive Evade Resist Extract (SERE)

training in the itinerary, as they presented

the team with a tricky route finding

problem through thick undergrowth.

Training over, we were treated to a fine

high level traverse along an escarpment of

the Cleveland Hills taking in several tops

on the way. Clouds of flies swarming from

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the path side heather and the multitude

of day walkers, taking advantage of the

easily accessible Cleveland Way, were the

only real drawbacks to an otherwise reinvigorating

day.

JuST FAILINg TO REAch ThE TOP

AT NuMBER 2, “FIELDS OF gOLD”

By EvA cASSIDy:-

The penultimate day, continued in a similar

vein across the moors and included some

more ascents along the way; Hasty Bank

being the most impressive. Unfortunately,

much of the route followed a disused

railway track, which has now become a

wide stoned path. Striding out on this

section enabled the team to make excellent

time, but the payback was to become

apparent after a lunch stop when everyone

felt like their legs had seized up! Less haste

more speed, springs to mind! Up until now,

the team have been treated almost daily to

some of the RAF’s finest, including the full

compliment of the Red’s by Grasmere and

today we are treated to the rarer sight of a

hovering Merlin (of the feathered variety)

high up on the moors. The day ended with

a very steep descent into the picturesque

Glaisdale, through a host of golden corn

fields as the sun shined brightly.

ThIS WEEk’S NEW NuMBER 1 IS

“ThE hAPPy WANDERER (vAL-

DE-RI)” By ThE OBERNkIRchEN

chILDREN’S chOIR:-

The homeward run got off to a great start as

the sun shone and we caught a glimpse of the

Steam Train in action at Grostmont. A very

long steep climb out of Grostmont reminded

everyone that there was still work to be

done. The detour to avoid walking on roads

included a significant southerly jaunt, which

impressed few. Our goal of Robin Hoods

Bay lay waiting to the East, just along the

coast from Whitby Abbey, which we could

see but appeared to be walking away from!

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MAIN IMAgE

Grostmont North

Yorkshire Moors

Railway

TOP

Swaledale

ABOvE

Cleveland Way

BELOW

River Swale

Crossing

The final couple of miles seemed to take

the longest; our legs seem to know that it is

the last day. Eventually we catch sight of our

destination and after a short but interesting

detour to take a look at Steve’s kid’s old school,

we picked Frodo up and stride triumphantly

into the Bay Hotel, which marks the end

of our eventful journey and also contains

“Wainwrights Bar” of all places!

The cast for this adventure were: WO

Tom Mew, Flt Sgt’s Steve Corlett & Jason

Dark and Chf Tech’s Al Cameron, Phil

Lyons, Sean Webster & Stu Pretty.

Coast to Coast - As the crow’s flies

– 125 miles but you too can do it in over

195 miles if you try hard! n

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KNOcK OuT EvENT!

RAF waddington

Puts on a knock

out event!

On the 19th of November, Members of the Royal Air Force

Boxing Association took to the ring to put on a show for RAF

Waddington personnel and selected guests, while at the same

time raising money for The Prince’s Trust in the East Midlands.

PHoToS

MAIN IMAgE

Ouch! RAF Boxer

strikes a blow!

BELOW

The Station

Commander

presents the £7000

cheque to Steve

Williamson from

the Prince’s Trust.

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The RAF lineup for the contest

showed how boxing is hugely

popular at RAF Waddington,

with many here getting involved

in the sport for the first time. The

opposition came from a selection of local

clubs, making for a good-natured but very

competitive contest in front of an audience

of almost 350. The atmosphere was

electric, captured by personal courage and

dedication displayed from the boxers; also

enhanced by the RAF Waddington Pipes

and Drums Band.

The team behind the project wanted

to showcase RAF Boxing, while at the

same time showing support and raising an

estimated £7000 for an organisation that

helps young adults get their lives back on

track. RAF Waddington has close links

with The Prince’s Trust, regularly hosting

‘Healthy Living Days’ where a group of

youngsters receive interactive sessions

on cooking, fitness and health education

from Station specialists.

The project leader, Flight Lieutenant

Dave McKinley, explained how he

got involved:

“Earlier this year I was approached by

2 Senior Non-Commissioned Officers

(Flight Sergeant Cookson and Sergeant

Shippey) based at RAF Waddington with a

view to putting on a boxing event. I have

always been a fan of boxing, and therefore

thought this was an excellent opportunity

to raise money for charity through RAF

Sport.”

He went on to add that:

“As an Officer in the RAF Regiment

I have witnessed the benefits of RAF

Boxing throughout my career. Boxing

demands great strength of character,

commitment and individual discipline,

all attributes we look for in our people.

Originally from Northern Ireland, I

have always associated amateur boxing

with youth development, as it was

successfully used in the area I grew up

in, bringing together young people from

different communities to give them a

common sense of purpose and pride.

For this reason I felt that a local youth

charity would be the ideal beneficiary

and after a bit of research found that

the Prince’s Trust already had strong ties

with RAF Waddington. The generosity

and support from Station personnel and

local businesses has been outstanding,

and without their help and support this

event would not have been the success

that it was”.

The RAF Boxers dominated the winner’s

podium by winning 6 out of 7 bouts. Three

of the winning boxers were from RAF

Waddington, taking clear advantage of the

enthusiastic home crowd.

The Royal Air Force prides itself

on its sporting achievements and the

demanding standards, commitment and

individual discipline demonstrated by all

those who participate. These are exactly

the same attributes that a fighting force,

such as the Royal Air Force, expects

from its members, not only in day to day

life but particularly when such people

are deployed on operations.

Amateur boxer Sergeant Tim Elliott of

54(R) Squadron, RAF Waddington was

one of the star participants of the event.

He said:

“What a fantastic evening, the atmosphere

in front of a home crowd makes a real

difference. Boxing is a great sport for

fitness, self awareness and confidence

regardless of whether you compete or not

and the sense of camaraderie between

boxers is second to no other sport;

once you have been in the ring you can

empathise with all those who have done

the same. Credit should be given to all

the organisers, coaches, officials and

boxers who made this competition and

RAF boxing such a success”.

The evening was watched by RAF

Waddington’s Station Commander, Group

Captain Rich Powell who welcomed

boxers, coaches, officials and spectators to

the event:

“I was delighted to welcome so many

supporters to the RAF Waddington

Amateur Boxing Night in support of the

Prince’s Trust. For many this was their first

exposure to the sport of amateur boxing

and tonight’s display of commitment,

attitude and robustness was fantastic.

A huge well done to all boxers, officials,

coaches and organisers”. n

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EvEREsT cHAllENGE

raF Waddington 4-5 Nov 09

raFa everest

Challenge

When many people were thinking about Guy

Fawkes Night, intrepid RAF Waddington

climbers attempted to climb Mt Everest,

K2, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike all

within 24 gruelling but interesting hours.

After a couple of months of

training and with the RAF

Waddington climbing wall

colourfully decorated in RAFA

banners, the event commenced at 1800;

with a group photo with the Stn Cdr, and a

presentation of £1000 to RAFA by Sellafield

Contractors Group Charity Committee.

The initial pace was set by the Stn Cdr

and the encouragement of the supporters.

The team was pushing hard and by 2200

hrs we managed to reach Base Camp 1.

Lucky for us Valentinos Pizzeria were

able to deliver with no extra charge. Once

refuelled there was another hard push,

however, this time we had extra weight

to carry up with us. By midnight the bare

truth of the challenge became apparent

as the cold spell was setting in. Spurred

on by the rush of sugar coursing through

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our veins we maintained our composure,

ignored the pain and set our sights on the

last few thousand metres to the summit.

By 0300 hrs we had achieved our

height on climb 2, 0315 hrs and climb 1

had been tackled. With the two hardest

climbs out of the way we put all our effort

into summating Everest. At 0330 hrs

climb 3 was complete, one more to go. By

this stage the dots on our climb marker

boards had evolved into smiley faces,

frowns, insults and even random scientific

equations as sleep depravation and fatigue

were becoming apparent. Down to the last

few climbs to the summit we picked up

speed, sighting a RAFA flag to mark our

arrival at the summit of Mount Everest.

Not content with climbing Everest, we

decided to pop up K2 just to add insult to injury

or should I say injuries, which were becoming

0

all the more frequent at this time. Morning

broke and the team were slowing down, but

still maintaining a steady pace. After a shower

and a change of clothing, the team pushed

on despite the shocking climbing attire of

Flt Lt Shaun Carney. Although shocking,

this attire did seem to prove inspirational

to others as SAC Robinson did his best to

dress like Vicky Pollard.

At 1028 hrs we completed climb 3,

only three more to finish before K2 was

conquered. Thankfully we had enough

time and we reached the summit of K2

at 1337 hrs.

We were mentally and physically

drained and yet we still somehow thought

that tackling the three highest peaks in

UK would be a good idea as well, besides

we still technically had just over 5 hrs

to go before the official end. We pushed

on, however, it became apparent that

our lack of energy and fatigued bodies

would not enable us to go any further. At

1600hrs we reached the top of the Ben

Nevis and were content in the knowledge

that the other peaks would be around for

another day. After clearing the debris

from the venue, we arranged a de-brief

in the Ravens Club. We had even lost the

ability to scale the bar, now beaten the

team went their separate ways.

We would like to say thank you to

Sellafield Contractors Group Charity

Committee, Budgens, Valentinos,

Waddington Fish Bar, The Wheat

Sheaf and all those who sponsored us.

It was your help that

enabled us to raise

in excess of £2000

for RAFA. n

PHoToS

BELOW

The real Everest

INSET

The climbing wall

and the Station

Commander with

the cheque for

RAFA

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pROjEcT X

Project

x

In an atmosphere of high expectation,

excitement and enthusiasm,

more than 60 students from local

Secondary Schools competed at the

2009 Schools’ challenge held on 12

November at RAF Waddington.

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This was the 3rd year that RAF

Waddington has run the

Schools’ Challenge, with the

aim of getting young people

to solve a problem through team work,

having plenty of fun along the way. This

year the challenge was Project X, a contest

to design, build and test an aircraft which

had to run down a zip-wire and deliver a

sensitive piece of equipment (egg); to aid

a downed pilot’s escape from an island.

The egg had to survive the fall (eggs were

not allowed to be hard boiled!) and the

pilot needed to see the aircraft coming;

so there was plenty of opportunity for

the students to use their creative flair to

attract the Pilot’s attention and come up

with some novel designs. The Challenge

encompassed several different areas of

the curriculum including Maths, ICT and

Art. They had to decorate their aircraft

so that it could easily be seen by the pilot

and attract his attention to the delivery of

the package.

Yet again, this year’s Challenge saw

RAF volunteers from across the Station

give up their time to visit a nominated

school to help the students with their

ideas and hopefully produce the

winning design. All of the Lincolnshire

Secondary Schools were invited to take

part in the Challenge as the new school

year started in September. Within a week

over 15 schools had applied to take part,

unfortunately numbers had to be limited

to 10. The real value of this type of youth

engagement event is that it enables the

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RAF volunteers, drawn from all trades

and ranks, to exploit their experience

of team work and problem solving, to

help the children both in an educational

and a really fun way. It was rewarding

to see the students grow in confidence

as they worked towards Finals Day.

The competitive edge soon started to

appear during October and November as

each school decided on its final aircraft

design and the lucky 6 children, from

each school, were chosen to compete on

the Finals Day on 12th November.

On their arrival on the 12th, all

the teachers and the students were

given a quick welcome brief in the Old

Gymnasium where the Challenge was to

be held, before they were whizzed off to

8 Sqn where they had a group photograph

taken in front of an E-3D Sentry aircraft.

After this, the 10 schools were split into

two groups; dividing their time between

practice runs and making last minute

adjustments to their aircraft, and being

hosted by the RAFP Dog Display Team

and RAF Regiment. After lunch, the

excitement increased as the all important

final runs took place. The three Judges

were led by OC 54(R) Squadron, Wg Cdr

Prior. Points were awarded for design,

attention grabbing paint schemes and

novel approaches to delivering the egg.

The Judges were amazed by the diversity

of ideas, with everything from a pink pig

design to a Vulcan look alike.

Eventually, it was time for the final

stage in the judging – the all important

runs. Each team was allowed 2 runs, both

having to be completed within a single

ten minute period. Performance was

judged on the effectiveness and accuracy

of their aircraft in safely delivering the

sensitive equipment to the downed pilot

before landing. The atmosphere was

electric as the students gathered for the

final runs to decide the overall winner.

Each aircraft whizzed down the course

cheered on by all the schools, eggs were

flying through the air, and some hit their

targets to great applause. Finally, Cherry

Willingham Community School produced

2 near-perfect runs to take the Schools’

Challenge for 2009.

Wing Commander Simon Prior, Officer

Commanding No 54(R) Squadron said,

“All the teams demonstrated great

enthusiasm. Perhaps most impressive of all

was the level of teamwork demonstrated

by all the young people. From design and

building, through to their presentations

and finally performing the assessed runs -

they were an example to us all. I hope we

see many of them knocking on the door

of the RAF in a few years time.”

All agreed that the day was a great

success. The range of aircraft designed

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was really impressive, the winning design

being a LED encrusted fighter plane with

buzzers ringing out as it whizzed down

the zip-wire. The student’s determination

and team spirit shone throughout the

day as they worked with their teachers

and RAF volunteers. Whether they won

or lost, the day was great fun due to the

amazing effort shown by all the teams.

For all those involved with Project

X, the lasting memory was seeing the

overwhelming sense of achievement from

each of the children as they watched

their models whiz down the wire. Just

seeing a group of enthusiastic youngsters

take a simple idea and create something

quite amazing, was well worth the time

invested by the RAF volunteers who will

hopefully be on hand to support the

Schools’ Challenge in 2010.

The Schools Challenge is just one of

many initiatives run by RAF Waddington

as part of its Youth Engagement Strategy,

in association with the Education

Business Partnership. If you are interested

in getting involved as a volunteer in any

future youth engagement event then

please contact Sqn Ldr Steve Welchman,

OC C4I Squadron. n

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PHoToS

LEFT MAIN IMAgE

Cherry Willingham

Community

School’s winning

design, a LED

encrusted fighter

plane whizzing

down the zip-wire.

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RAF Waddington

Stn Cdr, Gp Capt

Powell, along

with the winning

students from

Cherry Willingham

Community

School.

Points were awarded

for design, attention

grabbing paint schemes

and novel approaches to

delivering the egg. The

Judges were amazed by

the diversity of ideas, with

everything from a pink pig

design to a Vulcan look alike.

After nearly three years on

continuous operations in

Afghanistan, 1ACC – callsign

“Crowbar” returned to its base

at RAF Kirton in Lindsey after handing

over its role to the US Marine Corps on 1

December 2009. Operating from its base

at Camp Bastion in Helmand province,

the unit has helped save countless lives

since deploying on Operation Herrick in

October 2006. Its role was to use radar,

communications and information systems

and the expertise of its operators to build

an air picture to track the movement of all

aircraft in South West Afghanistan and

relay that to military commanders and

troops on the ground. Whenever mortars,

artillery or rockets are needed, or aircraft

need to deliver ordinance, the airspace is

restricted and cleared by 1ACC.

Hugh had served two tours in theatre and

with this connection in mind, the band was

delighted to accept the opportunity to head

up their homecoming parade through the

streets of Kirton. On a very cold and rainy

Lincolnshire day, the band led No. 1 ACC

down to the town where an enthusiastic crowd

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pIpEs ANd dRuMs

Pipes

& drums

Homecomings

& saint Barnabas

One of our neighbouring stations in

lincolnshire is Home to No. 1 Acc, and also

to Flight sergeant Hugh Higgins, a piper in

the raF Waddington Pipe Band.

showed their support and appreciation. They

were welcomed by the Mayor of Kirton-In-

Lindsey, Billy Boyd. Air Vice Marshal Dick

Garwood was the reviewing Officer, who

took the salute from the parading personnel.

Once again, the band was pleased to lend

its support to one of our local charities,

St Barnabas Hospice. Every year, on what

is normally a very cold night; the band

leads a large torchlight procession past

the Hospice, through the Bailgate to a

service on the steps of Lincoln Cathedral.

800 flaming torches lit up the evening on

what was a very atmospheric and poignant

occasion. If anybody wants to attend next

year’s procession or support this very

worthwhile charity then please contact the

Pipe Major at the band room for details.

The band has had a very successful year

playing at local, national and overseas

events, from Geilenkirchen to Hamburg,

Edinburgh to Southampton. It’s been hard

work but all very enjoyable. 2010 looks

to be another busy one so if you fancy

learning to play the pipes or to beat a drum

then come and join the RAF Pipe Band

Champions of 2009. n

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ROGE FOOTITT

roge

Footitt

On August the 24th 2009 our

friend and colleague Roge died

suddenly in the SNCO’s mess and

with it a Handling and Rectification

(H&R), Sentry Line Flight (SLF) and

Sentry Maintenance Squadron

(SMS) legend was lost.

The sense of loss felt on the

section was tangible, and

devastating. Roge has been part

of Waddington life a few times

during his illustrious career. Waddington

has benefited from his presence.

Roge joined the RAF in January

1990 and was whisked off to Cosford to

do his Mech course. After successfully

completing his course he had the honour of

being posted to the Vulcan Display Team,

and so his relationship with Waddington

began. With the arrival of the Sentry

aircraft, manpower was required and

Roge was duly press ganged onto H&R

Flight (that’s Handling & Rectification

to the uninitiated). His first of many

claims to fame was to etch all the newly

acquired tools, a job he did with his usual

professionalism or was that his famous

OCD. It was here that the famous Roger

Footitt RAF ‘tache’ was grown and many

a photo of that era had this landmark on

it and the fun we had with it.

Roge kept his nose clean and once

again Cosford called. He duly completed

his fitter’s course, and low and behold

he was coming back to Waddington.

Apparently he had made friends with

our WO who was desperate to have him

back, that was Roger’s words not ours.

H&R was now SLF and the height of the

Balkans war was happening. A very busy

time for one and all on the section, many

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The man…

The Legend

PHoToS

BELOW

Roge Footitt,

friend and

collegue

stories and many memories, most of them

of Roge, which we will always remember

with a smile.

His OCD was legendary, from the early

days of constantly cleaning the Tea-Bar

whether at home or on deployment to his

love of all things photographic.

Once again Roge avoided trouble and

along with everything else that was not

strapped down at SMS, promotion came

his way. With this came a posting and

the relationship with Waddington was

temporarily broken. He was off to Cosford

and to instructor duties! How we laughed

at this, the recruits did not stand a chance.

Promotion and posting meant new

challenges for our diminutive JNCO, as

usual his attention to detail and sheer

professionalism shone through and

having kept his nose clean, it did not take

long for another promotion and with it

another posting. Off to Benson he went

and the land of the Merlin. He completed

2 tours of Iraq, but his true calling was

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the land of the Ground Engineer (GE)

and back to Waddington.

The news of Roge being selected for

GE was greeted with smiles and we knew

that our lives would never be the same.

Roger, with his usual vigour, took on the

training and maintained an exceptional

standard. He was never one to take a

“because that is always the way we do it”

attitude. He was always asking questions

and generally making our lives hell. We

had a lot of laughs and there was never

a dull moment when Roge was around.

With the training complete, now came the

good part of the GE job - deployments.

We had a

lot of laughs and

there was never a

dull moment when

Roge was around.

With the training

complete, now

came the good

part of the GE job

- deployments...

Roge was lucky enough to do his first

deployment to McGuire AFB. This was a

hard enough task, but to have to take FS

Webb as well, well lets say his prior training

stood him in good stead. If he could survive

this unscathed he was home and dry.

Roge’s check ride was Cold Lake and

as usual he planned, briefed, organised

and cleaned his way to an exceptional

check ride. There was nothing a cup of

tea, (water boiled twice, naturally), and a

tab could not sort out for our diminutive

GE. He was now a ‘grown up’, (in name

only), and we knew our quiet, peaceful

life had ended.

With the large tick in the box he was

now fully operational, and so to Trapani

and Prevesia he went to save Queen and

Country. Unfortunately, Prevesia was to

be his last deployment. The photos of the

trip showed he was to go out with smiles

and good times, as well as having done

his job in the professional manner. The

same way he had carried out his entire

RAF career.

Roge was small in height, but large in

character and warmth.

He was a colleague who made us

laugh, and finally his passing made us

cry. The attendance at his funeral was

a testament to the man, the legend.

The wake was the perfect celebration of

Roger’s life, friends old and new looking

at photos of Roge and reminiscing,

laughing and telling stories of the many

‘jolly japes’ we all shared with him.

Our thoughts are with his wife Sharon,

his son Tom, and his parents. We hope

that with time the pain will ease.

Roger’s life may have seemed short to

us all, but he filled his life with as many

experiences as he could and WE are the

better for knowing him. We will miss you

Roge, make sure you keep the place tidy

for us. n

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Support for

families

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If you’ve just moved

to Lincolnshire, the

Family Information

Service, (FIS)

provides free help

and advice on

finding childcare.

They advise on Ofsted-

registered childcare, including

childminders, nurseries and

after school clubs, as well as

unregistered childcare, including parent

and toddler groups and childcare for

over 8s.

The FIS can also signpost parents

and carers of children with disabilities

or special educational needs, to support

and advice on a range of issues.

Also for families, there are 36

Children’s Centres throughout

Lincolnshire, with 12 more due to open

by the end of March 2010. They offer

help, advice and support for parents and

carers of children aged up to five. Dads

are very welcome.

AdvERTORIAl //

suppORT FOR FAMIlIEs

Children’s Centres offer a whole

range of exciting activities that you can

take part in with your child from baby

massage to messy play, and are great

places to meet new friends!

They also give friendly, professional

advice and help on health and child

development issues, from breastfeeding

to weaning, and potty training to

preparing for school.

To find out more please phone the Family

Information Service on freephone 0800 195

1635. visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/fsd or

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8 squAdRON

8 Squadron

No 8 Sqn was to celebrate its

95th anniversary in early 2010,

so it was fitting that the squadron

was back on current operations,

providing Air Battle Management

and Air Traffic Control coverage

over Afghanistan.

PHoToS

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8 Sqn sunset

INSET

England Hut

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As mentioned in a previous

article, the squadron had

been getting ready since early

September to participate in

Operation AFGHAN ASSIST. As late

November came, the author of this article

passed OC 8 Sqn in the corridor and was

told “put your war paint on, looks like

we’re finally going!” Relief for many that

we finally knew our fate; however the

realisation soon kicked in that we would

be out there for Christmas.

Leaving a wet and windy Waddington

(thanks to all the Sqn personnel who

stood outside and waved); we met an

even wetter and windier Akrotiri, which

was to be our night stopover. Luckily, the

Officers Mess at Akrotiri was holding the

Christmas exchange drinks and the party

was in full swing as we arrived. Don’t

worry Boss, it was cokes all round!

The following day we arrived and

we soon commenced operations. The

missions were long, but each one got a

little easier and slicker with increased

experience; and if the truth be told, we

were really loving it. Christmas came and

went and by this stage we had established

a routine (despite slightly less creature

comforts than promised!), mainly due

to the tremendous efforts by the support

staff. Christmas is never a good time

to be apart from families, but the good

weather helped, especially when we heard

how cold and snowy it was in Blighty. The

Mobile Catering Unit produced fantastic

food under limited conditions and, in

very short order the Entertainments team

was soon established. Santas, Christmas

trees and decorations seemed to sprout

from everywhere.

Being in the military, we need rules

to follow – lots of them. So it was lucky

we had the detachment SWO with us,

WO Smith, to make some more up. “No

wearing flip flops in the mess hall” (incase

we drop a plastic fork?), “No running

at night in the bondu”, the list went on. As

it was Chappers badly sprained his ankle

(from running in the bondu...) so perhaps

he was right after all!

A great deal of Station help was needed

to get us out on operations and continued

through the festive period. We were also

thankful to have with us our Ops staff

from Waddington, Flt Lt Glyn “laugh a

minute” Ward and Cpl John Norman who

made the Ops side of things run smoothly.

Well done to all those who took part in the

CO’s Cup, achieving an overall 4th out of

13, with the Sqn engineers (the competition

commencing before the amalgamation)

beating us by one point.

Sadly it was a time to say a few goodbyes.

Sqn Ldr Danny Endruweit, who had been

an enormous help during the amalgamation

with 23 Sqn and the deployment build up,

was posted. So was Sqn Ldr Aide Pickup

and Sqn Ldr Brendan Carson who was

leaving the Air Force after his final, final

last flight. We all look forward to a beer

with him when we return.

Overall, the Sqn is extremely glad to

be back on Operations, but will be pleased

to see Blighty again – perhaps once the

weather has improved! n

Luckily, the

Officers Mess at

Akrotiri was holding

the Christmas

exchange drinks

and the party was

in full swing as

we arrived...

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wORK EXpERIENcE

Work

RAF waddington

experience

Work experience is a key element in

the education of young people and by law all

students are expected to undertake at least

two weeks work experience during their last

two years of secondary education.

With the prominence of

the Royal Air Force

within Lincolnshire, it is

not surprising that RAF

Waddington receives a huge amount of

enquiries about potential placements. I

am pleased to say, over the last couple of

years, we have accommodated many of

these across the Station. In addition to

applications from many young people in

local Lincoln schools, RAF Waddington

has also attracted many applications

from both the wider community and,

on occasions, even from applicants

nationally. Roughly speaking, in the past

two years, RAF Waddington has received

200 applications per annum and has found

the capacity to host 75% of applicants at

their preferred time and at their preferred

place of work. No mean feat!

Although RAF Waddington continues

to become an increasingly busier station

and many of the areas of work on station

are no longer able to host students due

to operational, manpower or Health

and Safety limitations, as a station we

still continue to do more than our fair

share. For the RAF this is good for

PR and potential recruitment; for the

schools this is good as they are required

to find placements for their students;

and for the students themselves this is

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good; particularly for those with real

ambitions of joining the RAF or one of

the other Armed Services. For many

of the personnel of RAF Waddington,

however; this is just one of the many

extra tasks that come their way. Hosting

a student can be as challenging as it can be

rewarding; looking after the individual,

keeping them occupied or entertained

can be more difficult than just doing the

job, particularly as the job still has to be

done!

I have now handed over the reigns to

Mrs Michelle Savage, Personal Learning

Advisor (PLA) who resides in the Learning

Centre on station. Any future enquiries

for information on work experience or

to arrange placements should be directed

to Mrs Michelle Savage on telephone

number 01522 727597 or by email on

michelle.savage768@mod.uk. I would

like to thank all those people who have

helped me find places for students, or

who has graciously welcomed me and the

numerous school representatives to their

places of work. Particular thanks to the

gymnasium who have been incredibly

popular and always accommodating,

and Flight Sergeant Wheatstone who has

helped enormously with administration. n

By John Ferguson – Community

Development oFFiCer

children’s

Christmas

Party

On Monday 14th December

2009, an organising committee

comprising a number of volunteers

from a cross section of Station

personnel organised the children’s

christmas Party.

The party itself was held in the

Integrated Welfare Facility,

which was duly decorated by

the committee during the day

in preparation for the arrival of Father

Christmas later that evening.

Nearly 60 children attended, and

they were treated to a fantastic evening

of fun and entertainment, which was

provided by Magical Parties of Lincoln.

Entertainment included a disco, puppet

show and party games to conclude

the fun.

However, the main focus was the

arrival of Father Christmas and his

Elf helper who arrived by Fire Engine

to present each child with their Christmas

gift. Thanks go to both the Officers’ and

Sergeants’ Messes for their kind donation

towards the party costs and the Service

Institute Fund who also contributed.

Moreover, the Junior Ranks mess for

preparing the food and finally the whole

committee whose efforts ensured the

children were treated to a wonderful

Christmas party. n

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raF SuB-aQua

The Light Blue dive

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Into

The

deep

Blue

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PHoToS

MAIN IMAgE

Jellyfish at Azure

Window, Gozo

TOP RIghT

Swimming

with Tuna

FAR RIghT

Remains of

the Bristol

Beaufighter that

ditched on 17

March 1943

RIghT

Painted Comber

PhOTOgRAPhER

Air Cdre

Paul Colley

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In early October,

servicemen from

RAF sub-Aqua Clubs

across the country

embarked on a weeklong

expedition to

complete some

extraordinary dives

on ship and aircraft

wrecks in the

Maltese archipelago.

They also took a rare opportunity

to dive with giant Bluefin Tuna.

This was the culmination of

meticulous planning by Group

Captain Rich Powell (expedition leader)

and his team. Based in the North-West of

Malta and supported by a local dive centre

for logistic and technical requirements,

one British Army and 12 RAF divers began

an intensive series of challenging dives. In

addition to the many ship and aircraft

wrecks from the World Wars, the Maltese

Government has scuttled several ships as

part of an artificial reef programme. The

islands also offer some spectacular scenic

dives with prolific marine life. Many sites

are accessible from the land, which shelves

away rapidly to provide moderately deep

diving close to the shore.

Our early dives were modest in scope

to shake down everybody’s equipment in

a relatively safe environment and to get

everybody familiar again with their diving

procedures. The team then rapidly began

to build up the intensity and difficulty

of diving, to develop knowledge, skills,

proficiency and confidence. With little

previous collective experience of the

islands, the divers were soon experiencing

a wide range of challenging conditions at

unfamiliar locations.

Divers always swim together as buddy

pairs for mutual support, but they are not

elegant creatures at the surface, where

their bulky kit makes movement awkward.

Once underwater, however, your world

becomes silent, you become weightless and

amazing scenes open up in front of you.

The sensation can be like flying at low

speed in a cool, weightless environment.

Just under the water’s surface, sunlight

creates wonderful patterns on the rocks and

reefs, but as you sink deeper, the light and

colour begins to fade, so divers invariably

carry torches to pick out the true colours

of the underwater world. Fish frequently

come to look at the aliens invading their

world and one of the most common that

we saw in Malta was the Painted Comber.

Its otherwise drab body is punctuated with

an orange face that is criss-crossed with

vivid electric blue markings.

The expedition also saw many

stunning yellow jellyfish throughout

the week. Fortunately, they were nonstinging,

but the divers’ code in any case

is to look at and not to touch marine life.

We always complete debriefs after a dive

to reinforce those elements of the dive

that went well and to learn from what

did not. Typical areas to discuss will

be navigation skills, depth control, air

supply monitoring and communication

(which has to be by sign language).

Of 20 very varied dives that the author

completed, 3 stand out as representative

of the expedition. The first was to find the

wreck of the Tribal Class British destroyer

HMS Maori. She was in Malta during

WWII for convoy escort duties, but an

enemy aircraft sunk her in Valletta Harbour.

At a depth of only 15 metres, this dive would

be relatively simple during the day, but we

wanted to try it at night, when a diver can

only see as far as his torch beam will reach.

Unfortunately, even relatively clear water

has solid particles suspended in it and at

night light is reflected back. It can be like

swimming in a snowstorm, so the diver has

to navigate accurately with a compass.

Unfortunately, the author’s first

attempt failed and, even after a search

...the most

common that

we saw in Malta

was the Painted

Comber. Its

otherwise drab

body is punctuated

with an orange face

that is criss-crossed

with vivid electric

blue markings.

pattern, we had to surface and retake a new

bearing. But we found the ship wreck on

the second go. It is difficult to appreciate

the full impact of a sunken British warship

at night, therefore divers tend to focus

on small things such as the marine life

and in this case we found a Moray eel.

Morays look fearsome, but are quite

placid creatures. However, some divers

(the author included) have accidentally got

close enough to suffer a sharp bite for their

error. Ship wrecks are living museums,

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. . . because without high concentrations

of oxygen, the sea water preserves rather

than corrodes them. It is not unusual to

find things as diverse as ammunition cases,

wellington boots, rifles and even bath tubs;

in short, anything that was on the ship when

it sank.

Four days later we had a most

memorable dive onto the sunken wreck

of a Bristol Beaufighter, which had

ditched in the sea on 17 March 1943.

Pilot Sergeant Frazee and his observer

Sergeant Sandery both survived with

only minor injuries. But within minutes,

their aircraft had slipped beneath the

waves, rolled onto her back and sunk to

the sea bed, where she still lies today at

a depth of 38 metres. We jumped from

our boat and began the steady descent

down to where we believed the wreck

to be. Surely enough, the dark outline

of the aircraft slowly emerged from

the gloom. She remains amazingly

intact considering the impact of the

crash. The fuselage, wings, engines and

extended undercarriage are still visible.

There is even a wheel rim and tyre on

the starboard main undercarriage and

you can clearly see the cylinders of the

piston engines. A propeller blade is very

obviously bent back from the force of

the crash.

Seeing something so clearly more

than 5 decades after the event was like

diving backwards in time. Such deep

dives are carefully monitored, and this

was deep enough to need decompression

stops during our ascent to get rid of

the large amount of nitrogen that had

built up in our bodies during the dive.

However, when finally surfacing from

this amazing dive, I smiled for hours.

Whether aircrew or tradesman, each

diver no doubt felt the direct connection

with their Service and with its history. It

is a dive that we will all remember.

The final dive to highlight was very

unusual and beyond our considerable

collective experience. It was a dive inside

a Tuna pen. The author had longed to do

this, but had mixed reservations about it,

because the fish concerned (the Bluefin

Tuna), is under threat of extinction. And

part of the problem is the overfishing that

is taking place in the Mediterranean.

However, because Tuna are nearly

impossible to photograph in the wild,

this was not an opportunity to miss. The

Tuna pens are big circular nets, about

80 metres in diameter and 35 metres in

depth. They contain about 1000 Tuna

each and some of the fish weight up to

450 kg. The Tuna swim in a massive

circular school at about six knots and

this creates a vortex of water that pulls

the divers down towards the bottom

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of the pen. It is like diving in a big but

very slow washing machine and it is a

remarkably strange experience.

As a result, some of us became

disorientated at times and this was

very common while working with the

camera, during which many normal

visual references are lost. And it was like

standing in the middle of a motorway

while juggernauts thundered past on each

side. But to see these gentle giants swim

so close by and to have the opportunity

to take pictures of them was a truly

fantastic experience.

So that is a flavour of the expedition.

Diving is a tremendous sport that allows

adventurous training at many levels. The

beginner quickly learns to overcome

their natural fear of breathing air under

the water and can progressively extend

his or her experience. By its nature it is

a team sport that places an extremely

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high premium on the trust that you must

place in your dive buddy (and others)

to take responsibility for your safety.

That is why all dives on this expedition

included training and progressive

extension of experience. I take my hat off

to those more junior in rank to me but

much higher in diving proficiency and

experience, who all helped me to develop

my own skills. Once you have qualified

to dive, you can enter an environment

that only a tiny fraction of the World’s

population has seen with its own eyes. It

is a fantastic experience that I have never

got tired of. If you would like to try it,

get in touch with Waddington’s Sub-Aqua

Club through the PEd Flt or contacting

MAcr Mark Hammond, 5(AC) Sqn, Ext

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By Air CommoDore pAul Colley,

presiDent oF the rAF suB AquA

AssoCiAtion

PHoToS

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Expedition

members from

RAF Sub Aqua

Clubs across

the UK

FAR LEFT

Safety rig

LEFT

Swimming

with tuna

PhOTOgRAPhER

Air Cdre

Paul Colley

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BOXING cHAMpIONsHIp

The Lord Wakefield’s

Novice Boxing

Championship

The following article takes

the personal perspective of

an entrant in the Wakefield’s

Novice Boxing championship.

From the mental and physical

preparation to the actual boxing

match itself.

PHoToS

LEFT

Wakefield Boxing

– Tim holding his

winners belt and

trophy

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Having seen an advertisement

in RAF Waddington’s Gym,

I started boxing training last

January. After a few months of

coaching and fitness training, the coaches

suggested I should consider entering

the Wakefield’s. So I decided to put my

training into practice.

At 0630 on 29 Aug 09, I met my coaches

outside the club and we set off for the weighin

at Cranwell. I was 78.7 kgs, comfortably

under my 81 kg limit for light heavyweight.

This was my first opportunity to size up the

opposition around me: how tall was the

biggest guy, who was looking the fittest and

who had the longest reach?

After breakfast, my coaches left me to

chill out in the Sergeants’ Mess and to try to

get my head down. It was good to get away

from the Gym, and have time to myself to

rest and mentally visualize the forthcoming

bout. However, although I tried to sleep,

whenever I was about to drift off I’d come

round again as I couldn’t relax enough to

fully get rid of the nerves. Instead, I used

this time to run through aspects of the

match in my head and to physically relax as

much as possible.

I could only manage a small lunch as

the butterflies kicked in a bit, but listening

to random banter between coaches helped

ease the nerves. After arriving at the Gym

I dumped my kit and started in earnest to

mentally tune-in. This involved grabbing

a brew and going for a stroll with my

coach, around the sports pitches. It may

sound unusual, but it meant I felt relaxed

away from the ring and could easily take

on board his words of wisdom. We both

knew that my biggest challenge would be

trying to remain relaxed. Training in the

Gym, in terms of fitness and technique

was straightforward, but in a ring with

the adrenaline flowing, both the body and

mind could do something entirely different:

either fight or flight could kick in.

It was at this point that I realised how

important the psychological side to boxing

is, and what a vital role the coach plays.

Relaxing in the ring is essential to throwing

effective punches, whilst also being

aggressive to hit hard and take the inevitable

punches that get through. Getting changed

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back at the Gym, seemed to go by in a bit

of a blur as that feeling of sweaty-palmed

detachment took over. I warmed up on the

pads going over simple stuff – now was not

the time to be trying new things! Getting

into the ring was a mix of emotions - fear,

excitement, apprehension, still with that

feeling of slight detachment. Then after a

few words from my coach and a quick check

over from the ref it was time to box…

Suddenly things came into focus, as we

tentatively jabbed and tried to work each

other out. As I relaxed I felt I was able to

throw punches more easily. The opponent

was a bit stockier than me and had some

power in his punches. Being a southpaw

against a right handed opponent, I knew

I had to avoid his big straight right, while

throwing straight lefts and strong jabs of

my own. The first and second round flew

by, and I still felt fresh having caught him

with some good shots. Between rounds,

I had to make a conscious effort to listen

to my coach and take onboard some of

the advice he was giving me. I got up

off my stool for the third, and I thought

‘wow this is great’ as I got a sudden surge

of adrenaline. He came out strong, but I

kept a tight guard and managed to catch

him in return. Then as quickly as it had

begun it was all over. I knew from my

coach’s smile I had won. When the referee

raised my arm I’d won 9 points to 4. After

commiserations and congratulations it was

the end of a tiring day. Time to get some

sleep and start to focus on the next one!

The next bout was very guarded as we

were both awkward boxers. I held back

too much sometimes, as I was too busy

thinking about avoiding a hook. If the

previous bout was mainly physical, then

this was mental. At the final bell I felt more

tired than the day before. When I found

out I had won, the relief was obvious. I

was over the moon and we hoped that the

final wouldn’t be as awkward as this fight.

I’d won 5:0 - I’d kept a tight guard!

The finals were to be held in the evening

from 19:30 onwards, in front of a big crowd

of VIPs, cadets, finalists’ friends and family

and other spectators. The ring was to be lit

and pipers were going to pipe in the boxers

for each bout. It was going to be a fantastic

atmosphere. The fact that it was the final,

and that supporters were coming over from

Waddington meant that the pressure was

on. I watched a video of my opponent from

RAF Cosford, as he boxed the day - before

he looked sharp. A counter puncher, who

moved a lot and threw lots of straight rights,

meant I’d have a big challenge in the final.

The pipers piped us out and it was now

time to get serious. The first round was

close, and after the bell went I thought

he may have had the edge - I was going to

find it tough. Pushing the self-doubt aside

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Being a southpaw

against a right handed

opponent, I knew I had to

avoid his big straight right,

while throwing straight lefts

and strong jabs of my own.

I could hear the cheers of support from

the crowd and thought to myself, that I

only had four more minutes of boxing to

win the bout. Again, my coach gave me

some simple instructions knowing that the

adrenaline would make it hard to take too

much in. In the second round I was more

pro-active, cutting the ring off and trapping

him against the ropes. A couple of straight

lefts got through, but it was anyone’s fight.

We were both tiring by the time the bell

signaled the end of the round. Two more

minutes of all out effort could win it. Even

after miles of running and hours of circuits,

nothing is quite as exhausting as boxing in

a final, in front of a big crowd with the

adrenaline pumping when the fight can go

either way. It degenerated into a bit of a

messy fight as he was trapped against the

ropes, but I knew he was blown, and I was

determined to keep throwing punches no

matter how tired I felt. Finally, the bell

went; we both knew we had been in a

tough fight. We congratulated each other

knowing we had both given our all. I was

shattered, but happy that I had fought in

such a tough final in front of the crowd. I

thought ‘have I won?’ It wasn’t until the

referee once more raised my arm that it hit

home. For me, the final end to an already

fantastic evening was being awarded the

most promising boxer trophy.

The RAF Boxing Association, Lord

Wakefield’s Novice Boxing Championship

was a fantastic experience and I would

recommend it to anyone who has either

boxed but never been in the ring, or to

those thinking about giving boxing a try.

Boxing is a great sport for fitness, self

awareness and confidence regardless of

whether you compete or not. The sense of

camaraderie between boxers is second to

no other sport; once you have been in the

ring you can empathise with all those who

have done the same. Credit should be given

to all the organisers, coaches, officials and

boxers who make this competition and

RAF boxing such a success.

I’d like to thank JD, George,

Pete, Trev, Rocky, and ‘all

those at RAF Waddington

boxing club’. n

By sgt tim elliott

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Secretary of

State For defence

visit To raF Waddington

On the 20th of November 2009 the

Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Mr

Bob Ainsworth MP, visited RAF Waddington.

The aim of the visit was to

enable the Defence Secretary

to gain a brief insight into

the capabilities provided by

some of the ISTAR force elements based

at RAF Waddington. In addition, the

visit allowed Mr Ainsworth to meet

personnel who were preparing to deploy

on operations and to meet some of

those who have recently returned from

conducting operations in Afghanistan,

in support of Op HERRICK.

After initially meeting the Station

Commander and signing the visitors

book, within Station Headquarters,

the Defence Secretary then moved

on to Sentry dispersal where he met

aircrew and ground crew from No. 8

Sqn whilst conducting an aircraft visit

aboard an E-3D Sentry. The crew

demonstrated the capabilities of the

Sentry and explained to the minister

how the Sentry would contribute to

operations in Afghanistan through

providing a recognised air picture

and command and control functions.

Afterwards the Defence Secretary

moved on to No. 5(AC) Sqn where

he was able to review the Sentinel

R1 aircraft and associated ground

stations, which make up the Airborne

Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) system. Sqn

personnel outlined how their unique

capability is used in Afghanistan to

provide UK land and coalition forces

with detailed radar imagery and a

picture of ground movement within

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their operating area.

The Station Commander, Group

Captain Richard Powell said:

“I was delighted that RAF

Waddington had the opportunity to

host and brief the Secretary of State on

elements of the Station’s Intelligence,

Surveillance, Target Acquisition

and Reconnaissance(ISTAR)

capabilities. The Secretary of State

visited two Squadrons and was able

to meet personnel who have recently

deployed to Afghanistan to provide

highly sought after and highly

valued intelligence and surveillance

capabilities in direct support to UK

and Coalition ground forces. He very

much appreciated the continued hard

work of Waddington personnel, who

with support from their families and

local community, will continue in

their endeavours.” n

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pAdRE’s pATTER

Padre’s

patter

‘dont worry’

I am sitting writing this in the first few days

of 2010 and the television and papers have

been full of predictions for the next twelve

months. On my desk beside me is a new diary.

This diary is both, the most exciting and the

scariest thing that I have on my desk.

It is exciting because of all the

possibilities that 2010 may hold.

Soon I will move to a new job

after over three and a half years

at Waddington, there will be new

challenges and opportunities. Quite

literally anything could happen in the

next twelve months. Yet this diary

also scares me. As I turn the blank

pages I realise that so much of what

lies before me is unwritten and beyond

my control.

In the book The Lord of the Rings by

JRR Tolkien the character Frodo recites

this poem:

The Road goes ever on and on

Down from the door where it began.

Now far ahead the Road has gone,

And I must follow, if I can,

Pursuing it with eager feet,

Until it joins some larger way

Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

Tolkien sums up both the excitement and

fear of facing the unknown. Sitting holding

this new and empty diary in my hands I feel

both excitement and worry for 2010. Worry

is a natural response to the unknown.

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The Dutch lady Corrie Ten Boom, who

always described herself as the worrier

of the family, and in her life faced the

horrors of internment in a concentration

camp, said this about worrying:

‘‘Worry does not empty tomorrow

of its sorrow, it empties today of

its strength.’’

So perhaps worry is the most dangerous

thing I will face this year. Jesus had this to

say about worrying:

‘’Therefore I tell you, do not worry

about your life, what you will eat or

drink; all about your body, what you

will wear. Is it not life more important

than food, and the body more important

than clothes? Look at the birds of the air;

they do not sew or reap all store away in

barns, and yet your heavenly Father feed

them. Are you not much more valuable

than they? Who of you by worrying can

add a single hour to his life?... But seek

first his kingdom and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you

as well. Therefore do not worry about

tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry

about itself...”

The story is told of the man who had

just crashed his car, been divorced from

his wife, was estranged from his children,

received a letter to repossess his house,

and waiting to have a tooth removed

by the dentist. He is visited by a friend,

and the friend finds the man happy and

contented.’’ ‘‘Why are you so happy?’’

Said the friend. ‘‘I have just employed

a professional worrier.” Said the man.

‘‘That must cost a lot of money ‘‘ Said the

friend. ‘‘£50,000.’’ Said the man. ‘‘That’s

a lot of money, aren’t you worried that you

won’t be able to pay him?’’ Said the friend.

‘‘No, that’s what I’m paying the

worrier for.’’

As silly as it might sound, in Jesus you

and I have a professional worrier. As the

Bible says:

‘‘Cast all your worry on him because

he cares for you.’’

I feel a lot better holding on to

this a diary and looking forward to

2010 knowing that I can legitimately

pass over all my worries to someone else

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By pADre iAn WArD

Tolkien sums up both the

excitement and fear of facing

the unknown. Sitting holding

this new and empty diary in my

hands I feel both excitement and

worry for 2010. Worry is a natural

response to the unknown.

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inging out your smile, naturally

It’s no surprise that people make judgements based on first impressions.

Having a pleasant smile is associated with success, beauty and health.

People also, subconsciously, associate a lovely smile with a lovely

personality.

New research conducted by Oral-B has found that it is a person’s smile

and teeth that can prompt these initial views about a person’s lifestyle and

character.

Dr Phil Stemmer, dental ambassador for Oral-B, who carried out the

research, said: “Teeth are one of the first things noticed about a person”.

The Oral-B smile report (November 2009) reveals that:

• Unsightly teeth can age you by 13 years

• 82% think you earn more if you have healthy looking teeth

• Men rank a “gorgeous smile” higher than a “great figure”

• 40% of men think women with unhealthy teeth must be single.

Orthodontics is the term used to create a beautiful smile by altering the

arrangement of your natural teeth, from their original crooked or spaced

position in which they grew, into an ideal one.

Modern technology allows us to “make over” people’s smiles to find a new,

improved you. It doesn’t involve drilling off the surface of your teeth. Crowns

and veneers are not used. New technology has allowed us to gently guide

your teeth into an improved position. This allows ANYONE, at any age, to

have a great smile.

As a smile says so much about a person, a major part of our job at Lincoln

Orthodontics has always been to give our patients the confidence they need

to make that vital first impression. Because everyone is different, we plan

the whole treatment around the individual. The result is a bespoke treatment

which is unique to every patient.

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Let your smile do the talking

As a smile says so much about a person, a major part of our job

at Lincoln Orthodontics has always been to give our patients the

confidence they need to make that vital first impression.

TREATMENTS

AVAILABLE

Children - metal or white braces

• NHS or private ‘fast track’

• colourful or tooth coloured

• children can receive treatment without

wearing a noticeable brace

If you are interested in any of the treatments available please contact us

One of our friendly reception team will be happy to make your initial appointment.

Telephone: 01522 533363 lincolnorthodontics@hotmail.co.uk www.lincolnorthodontics.co.uk

Lincoln Orthodontics is committed to providing its patients the best possible care and customer service. All that we ask is that you attend for your appointments on time with us.

Start the New Year with a Smile

Advances in technology enable us to

use aligners or braces which fit behind

your teeth, blend in with your teeth, or

fit invisibly over your teeth. Treatment is

now much more accessible and less

disruptive on your lifestyle. Imagine

how happy you would feel if your smile

was being improved without anyone

actually knowing you were having

orthodontic treatment!

Adults

• completely clear removable tooth aligners:

“invisalign”

• invisible braces fitted to the inner surface

of the teeth - allows your smile to be

improved without the brace being visible

• white braces with white wires that blend in

with your teeth

A smooth smile can be yours within 6 months!

Call between 8.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm for advice or to book an assessment.

To gain a beautiful smile is more affordable than you think - talk to us about finance options

(including 0% finance)

Lincoln Orthodontics is a purpose built, modern centre for orthodontic

treatment. Whether it’s a small improvement you require, or a complete smile

makeover, we can give you the confidence to smile with pride.

Because there are no age limits to treatment, we have an enormous variety

of people approaching us. Whether you’re a school child being bullied at

school, an adult wanting to look your best for your wedding or a job interview,

or you’re 70 years old and haven’t smiled in photos for the last 40 years,

we can help. Regardless of age, if you’re unhappy with your smile – we can

change it at Lincoln Orthodontics.

Assessments for suitability are free. Alternatively, visit us at Deacon

Road, Lincoln, and have an unofficial chat with Lisa, our Treatment Coordinator,

who will be happy to answer your questions before you commit.

You have nothing to lose and only a great smile to gain. Let 2010 be the

year when you achieve your own great smile!

visit us at our website: www.lincolnorthodontics.co.uk or

telephone us on 01522 533363 – and quote “confident smile,” for a

special introductory discount!

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cOMMuNITy MATTERs

Community

matters

The last few months have been a

busy time in ‘community’ terms

on station. As many of you will

be aware it has long since been

an aspiration to refurbish the four

play areas across our station, all

of which used to be in generally

poor condition.

By John

Ferguson

Community

Development

oFFiCer

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Over the 12 months we have

moved forward significantly

with the refurbishment of

both Edinburgh Square

and Wellington Square play areas and

with the financial support of Modern

Housing Solutions, the introduction of

a small Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)

to the Wellington Square area as well.

For the uninitiated a MUGA is a hard

surface playing area enabling youngsters

to play a variety of sports and as 2010

progresses, we should see another slightly

larger MUGA introduced to the Canberra

Square area as well.

The aspiration is that the Station will

be able to progress its plans regarding the

development and refurbishment of the

Canberra Square play area, early in 2010.

More information about this will follow.

WADDINgTON cOMMuNITy

cOMMITTEE

The Waddington Community Committee

(WCC) has put on numerous successful

events such as ‘Wine and Cheese’,

family quiz nights and the New Year’s

Eve families ‘Jacobs Join’ event. The

committee are ready to embark on this

year’s events programme including an

Easter Extravaganza party, Fashion Shows

and another fun packed ‘Families after Air

Show Party’. The (WCC) are keen for as

many members of the community to get

involved, participate and help out with

organising and staffing future events. If

you would like to give up some of your

time to the benefit of both yourself and

other members of the RAF Waddington

community, please get in touch with the

WCC through Karen or Andrea in the

HIVE office.

SuPPORT FOR DEPLOyED FAMILIES

The Community Support Team at RAF

Waddington is continually looking at

ways to support the families of Service

personnel deployed around the world.

During 2009 several events were held.

2010 will see more of the same with at

least three pre-deployment briefings

planned in January, 17 May and 20

September. In addition to this, the very

successful Calmspace workshop held

in October 2009, aimed at identifying,

alleviating and coping with stress will

also operate on each Monday following

the briefings. Hopefully this will prove

to be as beneficial to families as the first.

With numbers limited however, names

need to be registered early, particularly

for those families wanting to access the

free childcare provided for these sessions.

The sessions are open to anyone currently

affected by deployment or those likely to

face a deployment in the near future.

FuNDINg FOR AcTIvITIES AIMED AT

SuPPORTINg DEPLOyED FAMILIES

The RAF Waddington Community

Support Team as always will continue

to look at activities, visits, or events that

will help support families during their

loved one’s deployments, but funding is

limited. Arranging activities for families

affected by operational deployments is

no easy task at RAF Waddington. Unlike

many other stations, our personnel do not

tend to deploy as formed units and it can

be difficult to contact families who might

like to participate in planned activities.

A significant number of Waddington

families live out in the local community

and because of limitations regarding the

Data Protection Act of 1998; we cannot

inform people (without permission) of any

activities we may be planning. There are

limitations on what the money can be spent

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on but any ideas or suggestions that you

might have, would be gratefully received.

One of the most popular initiatives

introduced during 2009, as part of our

support to deployed families, was the

purchase and issue to over 80 families of

UK leisure attraction tickets. These tickets

aimed at improving the morale of families

during deployments, or on the return home

by the Service person proved very popular.

It is hoped that this initiative will continue

to run well into 2010, (funding permitted).

Tickets are only available for issue during

deployments or for up to 6 weeks after the

serving person returns home.

For more information, all you need to

do is contact the HIVE on 01522 727675

or email on Waddington@hivegb.co.uk A

trip to Alton Towers, or maybe the Odeon

in Lincoln would be your choice. If you

have a young family, maybe The Deep in

Hull or Sundown Adventure Land would

be more appropriate. Regardless of where

you or your partner are deploying it’s got

to be worth asking for more information.

If you have any comments, ideas or issues

from a ‘community’ point of view, please get

in touch with either myself on 01522 722614

or by email on john.ferguson733@mod.

uk or alternatively Warrant Officer John

Siddens (SCSO) on 01522 722913 or email

on WAD-BSW-PMS-SESO@mod.uk. n

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deployment Support

To Families

Throughout the year, many RAF waddington service

personnel (sp) are deployed on operations. This article

covers some of the arrangements that are put in place to

support the families left behind.

This is an area that is continually

developed and we are keen to

receive feedback from both our

Service personnel and their

families. Prior to deployment all SP are

briefed on what services are available for

the families left behind (spouses, partners

and parents) including the following:

POINT OF cONTAcT (POc) SchEME

Prior to deployment the SP can elect to

use a colleague or friend to act as the POC

for their family. Terms of Reference are

provided for the POC and the family and SP

can decide the amount of support; this could

be contacting the family weekly, fortnightly

or monthly. The main idea is that nobody

can guarantee what could happen during

the time of deployment and at least this

POC will be able to get information from

the family if needed.

FAMILIES DEPLOyMENT BRIEF

These briefs have been developed over the last

12 months and take place in the Integrated

Welfare Facility (IWF). The brief lasts

for 90 minutes and gives information on

deployments including the SP’s preparation,

departure, detachment conditions and their

return. The emotional feelings that both

the SP and family feel are also discussed

and deployment support and activities are

highlighted. The whole briefing is to raise the

awareness of our families, and to ensure that

they are aware of what can be done for them

before, during and after the SP’s deployment.

cALMSPAcE WORkShOP

This is again a new idea that has been

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developed and funded using an external

training provider. The 90 minute workshop

has been designed to help spouses and

partners of deployed personnel to learn

about the importance of developing and

maintaining emotional health and well

being. They learn how to think and act

more positively, handle the pressures and

demands either at home or in the workplace,

recognise and release physical tension and

recognise and support other people who

are experiencing stress.

DEPLOyMENT SuPPORT

There are many people and organisations

who can offer help, advice and support

during a deployment. The following are

some of these:

• Personnel Management Squadron

(PMS) – They provide Welfare and

Community Support to the whole of RAF

Waddington.

• Chaplaincy Team - They can offer a

completely confidential listening ear, a

quiet chat can often held resolve issues

before they become real difficulties.

• Community Development Officer (CDO)

- Focal point for community initiatives

and is available to discuss all Community

Support matters.

• Service Community Support Officer

(SCSO) - Offers support to residents

of Service Families Accommodation

(SFA) with Defence Estates/Modern

Housing Solutions issues. Involved in

Deployment and Community Support

issues and focal point of both the Service

Pre-Deployment Briefs and Families

Deployment Briefs. The main point of

PHoToS

ABOvE

RAF

Waddington’s

Integrated Welfare

Facility (IWF)

If anybody has

any queries

regarding anything

mentioned, please

do not hesitate to

contact any of the

following points of

contact:

sCso

(WO John Siddens)

01522 722913

CDo

(Mr John Ferguson)

01522 722614

hive

inFormAtion

oFFiCers

(Mrs Andrea

Cropper and Mrs

Karen Pearce)

01522 727675

contact on the unit for the RAFCOM

internet site (www.rafcom.co.uk).

• SSAFA Forces Help - Provides a

confidential welfare service to the

RAF Community for single and

married personnel, families and civil

partnerships and for partners and

extended families. Issues such as

relationships, separation, bereavement,

financial, mental health issues, benefits,

childcare and parenting.

• HIVE - Situated within the IWF, they

offer information on local facilities,

services and attractions. They have two

internet computers available for public

use and a JPA terminal as well as a fax

and e-bluey fax machine. They organise

clinics for the following:

Citizens Advice Bureau, Solicitors

Clinic Financial Advisor, Child

Support Agency

RAFcOM (WWW.RAFcOM.cO.uk)

The RAF Community Support have both

an internet and intranet site. The internet

site has been developed to enable maximum

use by the SP wherever they are deployed

but also their spouse/partner, immediate

family and extended families. RAFCOM

is a provider of information on any Service

Community matters, this includes pay,

allowances, housing, schooling and has

a particularly useful Deployment Toolkit

with information that can be useful to all

members of our community. There are also

chat rooms and e-mail, but a very useful

facility on the RAFCOM website is the

Forum. Any unit can have a forum and it

is a useful way to get information to any

member of the Service Community, whether

they live in married quarters, the local

area or even parents living in the North of

Scotland. Each SP can have up to 3 logins. It

is simple to use and the forums can be used

to see what is being planned, deployment

reports on what is happening in theatre,

ask questions or give feedback on activities.

Anybody with questions or comments can

pass these to our SCSO, WO John Siddens

on 01522 722913 or alternatively e-mail on

john.siddens921@mod.uk.

FuRThER INFORMATION

This has been a quick overview of

deployment support at RAF Waddington,

however; the aim of the Community

Support Team is to continually develop

this support to try and meet the needs

of our Service Community. After each

deployment our Service personnel and

their families will be given a questionnaire

to complete, to try and identify how

the process has worked and to identify

improvements. If you are given such a

questionnaire please take 10 minutes to

complete it, and provide your opinion on

the support given. n

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5 (Ac) sqN

5(aC) Squadron

December was looking to be a grim time for the aircraft

on 5(Ac) Squadron. There was some turmoil and several

hurdles to overcome before the Squadron could relax and go

on leave. The engineers worked round the clock to prepare

the aircraft ready for operations

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Its a knock out!

Three legged race.

BELOW

Christmas dinner at

5(AC) Squadron.

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Then Mother Nature played

her hand in events, with the

inclement weather in the lead up

to Christmas. However, thanks

to some sterling work by Raytheon, the

Project Team, Station and Squadron

personnel everything was back on track

by the time the Station went on leave.

Having flown over some very large

thunderstorms, the aircraft landed safely

at its Forward Operating Base (FOB).

Another crew had already pre-positioned

in Theatre and were walking to the

aircraft for its first mission less than 6

hours later. In the few days remaining

before Christmas, the ASTOR system

was worked hard and in turn performed

well supporting operations in Theatre.

With all the commotion and work as the

aircraft taxied from the runway to the

dispersal, it became clear it was Christmas

Day. Just in front of the Sentinel’s parking

bay, Santa Claus was waiting with his

reindeers to greet the returning crew and

give them their presents. They must have

been very good as they apparently got just

what they wanted!

However, as Christmas morning

broke, there were no calls of “He’s been,

He’s been!” Instead, the crooning of the

inhabitants of the camp singing Christmas

Carols could be heard across the domestic

site. This was closely followed by a bit of

healthy competition based upon ‘It’s A

Knockout’. Each section entered a team

to battle it out in the gruelling events to be

crowned champion. The events included

decorating a Christmas tree while fending

off volleyballs; a three-legged race carrying

water on your head and making ‘snowballs’

by bobbing for apples; then rolling them

in flour using only your teeth and nose! In

the end three points was all that separated

the top three teams, with 5(AC) Squadron

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finishing a respectable third and the spoils

going to Operations Wing. After such a

busy morning and with a few hours to kill

until dinner, many took the opportunity

to top up their tans...as they say, “when

in Rome”!

Shortly after 5 o’clock everyone

gathered in the Mess Ante Room for predinner

drinks. With the tables decorated

and the crackers being pulled, dinner was

served. As is the norm, most people ate

turkey and Christmas pudding until they

felt uncomfortable enough to admit defeat!

Then it was off to the ‘Drunken Duck’ bar to

be entertained by the Royal Navy’s version

of ‘Cinderella’. Any excuse for a sailor to

dress up in drag! Secret Santa gifts were

then exchanged among the 5 Squadron

faithful to round off the day. Just like that,

Christmas had come and gone.

After Boxing Day, it was back to business

as usual, with the Sentinel flying every day.

Whilst the flight crew slept in preparation

for an early morning sortie; the rest of the

FOB members welcomed in the New Year.

Fancy dress costumes ranging from doctors

to cowboys, pirates to cavemen and some

others too risqué to mention here!

As the ‘Noughties’ end and a new

decade begins, ASTOR continues to

support Op HERRICK. As an end note,

a debt of gratitude must be paid to our

E-3D Sentry brethren, without whom the

Sentinel flight deck may have had to listen

to the HF radios themselves to update

weather reports. You have our thanks! n

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sTATION cHARITIEs

Station

Charities

The past month has seen an active

period for the Station charities

committee.

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MAIN PhOTO

School thanking

the RAFA for

their donation.

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The Stn received some 120 requests

for charitable donations, from

a wide range of worthy and

noteable causes in the local

community. The new Office In Command

(OIC) Charities, Sqn Ldr Goodswen chaired

a meeting which looked to distribute funds

from the money that was received from the

2009 Waddington Air Show.

With nearly £40,000 to disperse, the

Committee decided to support some 36

causes. Notable donations were made to

local concerns with Bracebridge Heath Pre-

School benefiting from a £4500 donation to

assist with their plan to build an outdoor

climbing frame. Manor Lees School were

given £2000 to support their building of a

new tyre play area at the school.

A few causes closer to the RAF

Waddington community were considered

and £2000 was donated to the Integrated

Welfare Facility (IWF) to assist with

refurbishing costs. Moreover, £5000 was

set aside for the upgrading of the children’s

play areas within the married quarters.

Other causes that received donations

were Cranwell Primary School, Queens

Park School, Kesteven Children in Need,

Saxilby Football Club, Welton Pre School,

Young Enterprise, Skellingthorpe School,

Lincoln Kidney Association, SANDS of

Lincoln, Lincoln Trampolining Club,

Lincoln Mind, Westgate School, St

Cuthbert’s Church, Lincoln Community

Kitchen, Market Rasen Railway Society,

Lincoln Cardiac Association, Homestart,

Erminie School, St Barnabas’ Hospice,

Lincoln Special Olympics, Washingborough

Girl Guides, Nettleham Boys Brigade,

Lincoln Blind Society, Harmston Village

Hall, Lincoln MENCAP. Joy Foundation,

Lincoln Blind Vega Club, Branston Infant

School and 3D Youth Services.

It is envisaged that presentations will

take place over the coming months which

will provide the Stn community with a

further insight into how the Charities

Committee helps and supports the local

community. Moreover, an article will be

placed in the 2010 Waddington Airshow

Programme to again show the wider

community how we disperse the money

generated from the Airshow.

The Station Charity Committee meets

every quarter, the next is in March 2010.

The aim of the Committee is to distribute

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With nearly

£40,000 to disperse,

the committee

decided to support

some 36 causes.

money to good causes in the local area.

For example, you may run a charity that

requires furniture for the people that

you are helping, or you may be involved

in a school that is looking for help in

purchasing equipment. If you have a

cause that you would like the Charities

Committee to support, please contact us

at www.raf.mod.uk/rafwaddington or the

OIC Charity, Sqn Ldr Goodswen on RAF

Waddington Ext 8912 or his deputy Flt Lt

Harrap on 01522 726533.

On Friday 6th November 2009, OC

Ops Wg, Wg Cdr Devenish presented

Waddington All Saints School with their

new TV that had been purchased using

a £2500 donation made by the Charities

Committee. The TV has been placed in

the school hall and will be utilised for

school assemblies and presentations.

Wg Cdr Devenish is seen here with

Flt Lt Taylor (FHQ), the Headmaster,

Mr Paul Martin, Chair of Governors,

Mrs Julia Vause and three of the pupils

Emmeline Betley, George Baker and

Callum Jannssen. n

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