August 2011 - Royal Air Force

August 2011 - Royal Air Force


On the cover

Editorial Team

RAF Brize Norton

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Sqn Ldr Richard Smith Ext 6150

Flt Lt Tony Lett Ext 7075

Flt Lt Laura Sexton Ext 6812

RAF Lyneham

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Editorial Correspondence

The ‘Global Gateway’ Editor

FHQ, RAF Brize Norton, Carterton,

Oxfordshire OX18 3LX



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In August’s issue


4 From the Station


5 From the Editor


10 Air Tanker Display

12 Award for Excellence

13 Air Tanker Hangar

14 101 Sqn Detachment

18 Future Brize

The Team

Cricket ball on last trip to Lords…

see page 44. 24 47 Sqn Hercules touch-

down at Brize

26 Brize Norton Kart Club

28 Carterton Mayor’s Charity

Collection 2011

29 30 Sqn

30 Movers on the March

34 From ‘Civvy Street’ to

Camp Bastion

36 RAF Brize Norton Flying Club

37 St Patrick’s Comedy night

39 1 Air Mobility Wing Charity

40 Malvern Challenge 2011

42 ATS JADTEU 99 Hour Charity

Cycle Challenge

44 Cricket Ball on last lap to


46 47 Air Despatch Squadron


47 RAF Lyneham

Commemorative Watch

49 AMS visit to Bletchley

50 H4H & Queen Elizabeth

Hospital Birmingham

Charity Gala Ball 2011

53 London to Brize in support

of Help for Heroes

53 Mr Arthur Binks visit

54 216 Sqn says farewell to

Robbie Robertson!

Community Focus

56 Welcome to Community


57 Drugs awareness

operation a success

57 SSAFA at RAF Brize Norton

60 Carterton Neighbourhood


61 Padre’s Peace

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How time flies! It only seems like

a moment ago that I was stood on

the Waterfront at Brize Norton with

AOC 2 Gp, watching the arrival of the

C-130s to mark their formal handover

of command. Now, over a month

has passed, during which time I have

continued to be mightily impressed by

the on-going hard work to ensure that

collocation is a success. Undoubtedly,

there have been some issues that we

are progressing towards resolution but

these have been few in number given

the enormity of the task and which

are being addressed through your

flexible approach and willingness to

compromise, often casting aside longestablished

work patterns to embrace Gp Capt Stamp

new routines. The operational task has

continued without falter, and I know that the tremendous

efforts from the Brize Team on Station have been reflected

by those currently serving in the operational theatres.

As the school holidays are now in full swing, I encourage

as many of you a possible to take some ‘down-time’ with

family or friends to help re-charge the batteries and re-balance

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work demands. However, I acknowledge

that there are a number of you for whom

this summer will be ‘business as normal’

due to the task in hand and I am most

grateful for your continued professionalism

and understanding. Deployments can

be difficult for those left behind, but the

Station can assist in many ways; the HIVE

and Community Support Team are just 2

examples. May I remind you of Families

Party in the Park on the 20 Aug; all RAF

Brize Norton families are most welcome,

including those with deployed partners,

who can always contact the Station if more

information is required or if help is required

to get you to the event.

Several other important events have

occurred over the last month. On the 11

July, the Station signed a contract with AirTanker Ltd leasing

part of the Voyager Hangar as an overspill facility for aircraft

maintenance activities with the current fleet. This has enabled

the Station to optimise hangar usage while the Voyager fleet

grows, legacy fleets draw-down and additional infrastructure

is constructed, and it is a further welcome example of the close

cooperation between AirTanker and the Station.

In addition, I was honoured to be asked recently to formally

strengthen the Station’s ties with the local community through

the launch of the Armed Forces Community Covenant. The aim

of the Covenant is to encourage the local authority, businesses,

charities and the community as a whole to build closer ties

with the Service and its personnel, both past and present. RAF

Brize Norton has a sizeable footprint in West Oxfordshire and

many of you are well established in the community through

your involvement with clubs, sports and charitable activities.

Following the signing of this covenant, I hope that these bonds

can be strengthened further, realising benefits for both the

Service and the community.


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A very big thank you to all this month’s G2 contributors; with such a large

increase in activity across the Station since the C-130 arrival it’s fantastic

that you made time to put pen to paper. It was JADTEU’s turn to suffer

saddle soreness with 2-wheeled travel the length of the UK, while ESS used

the same mode of transport to deliver a much-travelled match ball to Lords

for the start of the Inter-Services Twenty-20 cricket. There are 2 features

for petrol-heads with more karting action or the flying club if the sky’s the

limit for you.

The latest Award for Excellence has allowed me to wave the FHQ flag

in the Editor’s Column after Sgt Pete Collins from the Duty Holder Team

deservedly received this award. Do you know someone that you think should

recognised in this way? Contact Flt Lt Nick Welsh, OC FP Trg Flt on ext 7203

for more information.

And finally, the Families Party in the Park takes place on 20 August. It

promises to be a great day out and tickets can be purchased around the

Station. Please send me any fun photos of the day and if you add a line or

two about what you enjoyed most then you could feature in the September

edition. Send photos and articles to the Global Gateway Editor at BZN-

Happy Holidays!

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101 Squadron have been supporting Operations

in Libya since February 2011. The 27th June 2011

marked the 100th day of the Air War above Libya

in support of United Nations Security Resolution

1973 and 101 Squadron remains heavily involved

in Coalition Operations.

Three VC10s of 101 Sqn are still meeting

the demands of the new frontline over

Libya – two of them flying out of Trapani

in Sicily, the other from RAF Akrotiri

in Cyprus. To date NATO aircraft have

carried out almost 5000 missions in

defence of civilians and the enforcement

of the no-fly zone.

In addition to refuelling British Tornado

GR4 and Typhoon aircraft, the VC10s

are also regularly giving fuel to Italian,

French, Canadian and American aircraft.

Up to 100 fast jets are refuelled every day

by assorted NATO tankers and the VC10

Force flies 3 daily missions as part of the

package. The fast jet aircraft participating

in the Operation are based at a variety of

airfields across the east Mediterranean

and some of distances flown in transit

to and from Libya are significant. Many

people are simply not aware how vast

the sea track is between mainland

Italy and the Libyan coastline.

As such,

aviation fuel is a precious commodity

and air-to-air refuelling is in high

demand; many of the Coalition

partners simply don’t have their

own assets or capability to deliver

this service. Since February VC10

aircraft have dispensed over 4000

tonnes of fuel.

Whilst 101 Squadron were

already supporting deployed

operations in Afghanistan and the

South Atlantic, the requirement

for the additional support to

Op ELLAMY, has resulted in half

of the fleet being required on a

daily basis to support operations. Equally

it means that half of the Squadron are

deployed overseas at any given time.

Trapani Airbase is an Italian Air Force

(ITAF) Base situated on the western side

of Sicily. The base is hosting

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that are supporting Libyan

Operations. VC10 aircraft from 101

Squadron first arrived at the base in late

March and at the time operations and all

administration support was undertaken

from 2 small offices. The UK

Detachment is now well established

with 170 personnel deployed at

the base. No 3 Mobile Catering

Squadron have set up and operate

a field kitchen providing 6 hot meal

services every day; in addition they

operate a same-day laundry service –

both facilities proved to be a boost to

morale, particularly the field kitchen

– there’s a limit to how many Pizzas an

individual can eat! Without a doubt

the welfare of personnel serving at

Trapani is improving on a daily basis,

with internet access, phone cards

and sports equipment all now readily

accessible for squadron personnel.

Close relations have been built with

Host Nation personnel serving with

the ITAF and deployed Canadian Air

Force servicemen. The Italians have

assisted in the provision of daily life

support, interpreters and

engineering support. VC10 Ground

Engineers have developed their own

special language of hand signals,

grunting and whistling as they work

with Italian workshop staff to have minor

repairs undertaken to aircraft parts;

payment of thanks to the Italian often

being in the form of frozen sausage

rolls, muffins and other such delicacies

of the VC10 GE diet. Meanwhile the

Canadians have often provided medical

support. Whilst the base Medical Centre

is available for use, the language barrier

can be overcome by a quick drive over to

the Canadian area of the base. Strangely,

payment of thanks is again in the form

of food; the Canadians love the meals

served up by 3MCS – they’ve become

bored with a dozen varieties of burger

served in their facility!

The air and ground crews spend

between two and four weeks on

Detachment and are accommodated in

local towns. In between flying missions,

when crew rest permits,

there have been a few opportunities

for personnel to do some occasional

sightseeing; Mount Etna, the only active

volcano in Europe, and Erice, a local

medieval town, are interesting days

out. Adventurous Training activities are

also popular, those brave enough to try

cycling have to tackle the erratic Sicilian

driving as they seek routes along local

roads to take them to rugged tracks!

Whilst the operational tempo is

currently extremely high, personnel

are putting the Squadron motto to

good use – Mind Over Matter. Their

on-going efforts, and burden on their

families/partners, is being recognised

and appreciated at the very highest

levels of Defence and Government. The

past 3 months have been hard work

and whilst the adrenalin is still pumping

in support of 4 operational theatres,

work is continuing to reduce the current

workload and bring a little respite to both

personnel and the old girl herself after 45

years of RAF service.

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Air Tanker Display


On Friday 15 July the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) welcomed The Future Strategic

Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for its first public display in the UK at RAF Fairford. RIAT provided

the perfect opportunity for the Ministry of Defence to officially name the aircraft ‘Voyager’ in a

ceremony led by the Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox MP and witnessed by senior

Military, Civilian and Industry representatives.

Voyager was piloted to the showground by Flt Lt Alex Parr,

who supported Tim Butler, Airbus Military’s Test Pilot.

Arrival of the aircraft was preceded by an impressive fly

through where visitors could see the full scale of what will be

the RAF’s largest aircraft when it enters service. The aircraft

was then on static display for the rest of the show before being

returned by Airbus Military to the flight testing programme.

Dr Liam Fox MP proudly introduced the aircraft to its


“I am delighted to see the new Royal Air Force Voyager aircraft

formally presented to the public. This magnificent aircraft is the

future for the RAF’s air-to-air refuelling and passenger transport

capability for the coming decades. Voyager, together with the

C-17, C-130J and the A400M transport aircraft, will provide

the RAF with a truly world class fleet of aircraft, underpinning

the global reach that is vital to our operations.”

Gordon Page, Chairman of AirTanker Limited followed on

by saying:

“The FSTA programme is both complex and ambitious. We are

doing something that has never been done before and it is a

pleasure to be able to report that we are on time and we plan to

remain on time. We are very proud of what has been achieved

so far. We are dedicated to providing a first-class service for

the operational life of this great aeroplane to a customer who

deserves nothing less.”

Speaking on behalf on the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus

Military, Domingo Urena Raso said:

“For us, the RAF is not just an important customer. From

Day One you will be using this aircraft operationally and in

challenging conditions. For us, this is a true test of the aircraft,

and in these tasks we pledge to you our ongoing, 100 percent

support and commitment.”

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen

Dalton finished the speeches with:

“As we have seen in Afghanistan and Libya, an effective air-toair

refuelling and transport fleet is an essential force multiplier in

this era of expeditionary warfare. Voyager, when it enters service

later this year, will excel in these roles by not only increasing our

air-to-air refuelling capability, but also by substantially improving

our strategic airlift capacity.

Voyager is the airborne part of a flexible and cost effective

whole-service contract which will enable the rapid movement

of personnel around the world and provide unprecedented

global reach to our combat aircraft. We can be justifiably proud

of this magnificent addition to the RAF’s fleet; it will serve our

Armed Forces well for many years to come.”

As those lucky few who were able to view the inside of

Voyager will confirm, the aircraft is looks quite unlike your

usual airline cabin with flight testing equipment taking the

place of seating and overhead storage lockers. The flight deck

is, however, still impressive and during the weekend programme

we were proud to show off the latest equipment that adorns

the cockpit to distinguished guests and gathered media.

Voyager created much interest whilst on display and offered

members of the public the chance to see the magnificent

airframe up closely and visit the information stand to find out

about the aircraft and the history of air-to-air refuelling. In fact

it was not just the public who were keen to know more; we

also hosted two Royal visits, HRH the Duke of Kent and HRH

Prince Michael of Kent, and even James May from Top Gear

ventured onboard Voyager.

During the event AirTanker were delighted to take part in the

TRI@RIAT Engineering Challenge. John Andrews, an AirTanker

Engineer, supported a team of five school

children from the Carterton Community

College in the challenge, which was

to build an aircraft that could fly

along a 15m long wire and

drop a bomb on a target

half way down. Points

were awarded for

a speed run,

dropping a bomb in the target area, as well as team work,

design, materials used and ease of attaching aircraft to and

from the wire. The team proved to be a successful combination,

achieving second place; an impressive result given they were

the youngest of seven teams!

RIAT provided AirTanker with an opportunity to showcase

the FSTA programme in the build up to a busy time prior to

the aircraft being introduced to service. We were delighted

with the high levels of support and interest for

Voyager which will arrive at RAF Brize

Norton later this year.

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Award for Excellence

Sgt Pete Collins

216 SQN & FHQ

The RAF Brize Norton Award for

Excellence for May 11 was presented

by the Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Stamp, to

Sgt Pete Collins at a ceremony in FHQ on 6

Jun 11. The prize is an acknowledgement

of the key role that Sgt Collins has played

in the Duty Holder Support Cell (DHSC)

over the past 4 months. Sgt Collins is

non-commissioned aircrew who is in the

process of re-branching; he has been

detached from 216 Sqn to the DHSC,

which is part of FHQ, since 24 Jan 11.

He is currently the only SNCO working

as part of a small team which is led by

SO2 Duty Holder and supported by a

small number of JOs. The Duty Holder

construct is brand new and a result of a

response to Military Aviation Authority

(MAA) directives regarding Flight Safety.

The RAF Brize Norton Duty Holder team

represents the Stn Cdr working under

the Senior Operator (OC AT/AAR FHQ)

in dealing with all aviation risks that pose

a risk to life.

Alongside many Stn organisations,

including Flight Safety and STANEVAL,

the team provides assurance to the

Duty Holder chain that aviation risks,

of RAF Brize Norton air platforms, are

understood and properly assessed and

managed. In simple terms, everything

is done to ensure that risks are judged

as Tolerable and minimised to As Low

As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). As

part of the process, each area of RAF


Brize Norton identifies aviation hazards,

which are logged and managed by the

DH team ensuring that the risk is owned

at the suitable level.

The DHSC has been subject to a period

of prolonged intense activity to establish

itself and meet a number of remits. One

of the most significant work strands has

been the creation of an Aviation Safety

Management System (ASMS). Though

RAF Brize Norton has a number of

organisations that help to promote and

address Flight Safety issues, there has,

until now, been no central organisation

with oversight of such activities and

the responsibilities and outputs have

not been defined in a single definitive

document. The Stn Cdr RAF Brize Norton

tasked the DHSC to lead the creation

of the ASMS. A working draft was

required by early Apr 11 and, given the

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enormity of the task, the deadline was

tight. Normally, such a responsible task

would have been entrusted to a senior

JO of some experience supported by a

SNCO. However, given the demands on

the DHSC, and Sgt Collins’ immediate

appetite and propensity for demanding

work, he was entrusted with the task.

Requiring minimal supervision, Sgt

Collins seized the task in hand to produce

an outstanding ASMS for the RAF’s

largest base. He liaised with a number of

external and internal agencies to ensure

that the system fell in line with MAA and

HQ 2 Gp guidelines whilst promoting

best practice wherever possible. He

routinely demonstrated drive and

ambition markedly beyond what could

be expected. Overall, Collins significantly

exceeded expectations and is a deserved

winner of the latest Award for Excellence.

Air Tanker Hangar

“The Ministry of Defence and Air Tanker Ltd

are delighted to have signed a new short

term contract for 16 months effective from

11 July 2011 that provides the RAF with

exclusive use of a fully serviced hangar in

the existing Air Tanker Hub at RAF Brize

Norton. The Bay will provide essential line

maintenance and repair of up to two C130s

simultaneously. “

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101 Sqn Detachment

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The 101 Sqn detachment

at 902 EAW has been in

Oman since it relieved the

TriStar early 2010 and has been

supporting Op HERRICK ever

since. The current detachment

aircraft are employed exclusively

in the AAR role and operated

by one of two crews and

supported by two engineering


The detachment has recently moved

from its original base at Muscat

International Airport, Seeb to a new

location at Al Musanah. The move has

been necessitated for two reasons. The

first is because Muscat International

is undergoing a major reconstruction

programme to cater for a greater

throughput of passengers to support a

national drive to increase the popularity

of Oman as a tourist destination. The

second reason is the provision of a

permanent base for air assets supporting

our wider Middle East interests. On the 5

Jun 11, the first VC10 departed Seeb on

an operational sortie, before landing at

her new home and following day, XV102

departed Seeb for the same new location

and with it 101 Sqn’s latest association

with Muscat International came to an end.

Musanah is situated to the west of Seeb. The

airfield was occupied by the Royal Air Force of Oman

(RAFO) in 2010, and is the home of two helicopter

sqns occupying the area north of the runway. The RAF

Detachment occupies a purpose built site comprising

an Aircraft Servicing Platform, a technical site and a

domestic site.

The VC10 detachment has quickly settled into

their new surrounds, flying their first operational

sortie out of Musanah on the 7 Jun 11. Both office

and domestic accommodation is far superior to

that at Seeb having replaced portakabins with

modern, comfortable, permanent

infrastructure. Temperatures are

considerably higher than those

at Seeb, but the drier atmosphere

makes for a far more comfortable

environment in which to work.

Whilst it is still early days, the

transition from Seeb to Musanah

has been judged a success. From

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what Musanah had to offer

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Final VC10 frame swap at Seeb, May 11 .

XV101 Taxi’s in on arrival at Musanah.

View from ASP showing main hangar.

Everyone seems pleased with the relocation, which bodes well

for the future of UK operations in the region.

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FSTA - only one year to go!

Start of the Beginning

Programme Future Brize (PFB) works

because of the strengths of the people

involved, whether they are RAF,

civil service, civilian or our industry


Successfully managing change whilst

delivering the output of the ATAAR force,

during some of the most demanding

Operations in RAF history, is a challenge like

no other.

Operate, Collocate, Integrate

Gp Capt David


Achieving success is about good teamwork – something I

believe that everyone involved with Future Brize has got right.

The C-130 fleet has now arrived, the culmination of 2 years

of planning and hard work by too many people to detail here.

The emotion involved in closing a major RAF station is never

something to be underestimated. Looking after the needs of

those moving has been at the heart of everything the team

has undertaken. Many of these challenges still need to be fully

resolved and some we won’t fully understand for a while yet.

Under Wg Cdr Simon Joy, the PFB Design Authority has

been responsible for delivering the ‘shape’ of the Future Brize

solution. They have provided real space for people to work

wherever it has been needed, while striving to minimise any

operational disruption. Much of the infrastructure work has

now been completed but this is just part of the solution, the

personnel at RAF Brize Norton have to make it work over the

years ahead. Although there is a need to graduate some of

the transformational activity into business as usual, one thing

that you must remember is that the PFB Team will remain and

be available to help every section on the station through the

change that is still required.

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Bite Size Info

* 47 Sqn and 30 Sqn have moved into Bldg 60 and all feedback

received has been very positive.

* 4FP are also very happy with their new accommodation

in B117.

* Stage 2 Relocation is now complete with 47 AD, 33 (Eng)

Sqn, SERE and other flying units successfully relocated. Other

smaller support units have also successfully moved to Brize.

Welcome to RAF Brize Norton

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The last C-130 flight to officially leave

RAF Lyneham took place on 1 Jul when

Gp Capt Gladston flew into RAF Brize

Norton; the new home of the C-130 fleet.

A ceremony took place at the Officers’

Mess where the Standards were marched

in and officially handed over to RAF Brize

Norton Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Stamp.



1 Air Mobility Wing

Alongside the planned Single Living Accommodation (SLA)

requirement for Lyneham personnel, Brize has received an

unexpected, post-Strategic Defence and Security Review

relocation of significant numbers of personnel from (in

particular) RAF Kinloss and RAF Cottesmore, coupled with

the imposition of DFRMO regulations requiring the use of

on-base misappropriated SFA as multiple-occupancy SLA to

cease with immediate effect. This has created a significant

Happy Customers

Hangar 90 (right) crane installation will be used to remove

the Hercules propellers from the lorries into a room where they

can be tested and repaired.

‘We would like to thank all the partners within the HIOS

team and Future Brize team that have facilitated this move and

assisted us through what has been a smooth transition from

RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton’. Francis McDonald, Military

Operations Manager.

increase in the short-term demand for SLA at BZN, therefore

it has been decided to postpone the 1 AMW move until 1

Apr 2012 (FOC). This decision has been made by Gp Capt

Houghton, Programme Manager, and is aimed at reducing

the peak demand for SSSA and the associated pressures on

our own personnel. As a secondary effect, this decision will

provide HCR with an opportunity to spread out the SSSA/SSFA

requirements without impacting on the TMW move in Sep 12.

As with all postings, the time served in one post must come to an end. Programme Future Brize is no exception to

this rule and we will be saying goodbye and hello to members of the team.

Wg Cdr Simon Joy, PFB Design Authority will be leaving PFB in Sep 11 to become

OC FEW at RAF Brize Norton. Wg Cdr Joy has driven PFB forward since his arrival

in 2009 and his commitment to ensuring PFB remains on budget and on time has

been second to none. His replacement, Wg Cdr Ruth Harris is no stranger to RAF Brize

Norton; her role as SAMO at Brize prior to attending ACSC at the Defence Academy

will prove beneficial.

Sqn Ldr Gary Edwards, PFB Design Authority SO2 will

be leaving for sunnier shores in Jul 11 and will be replaced

by Sqn Ldr Geoff O’Hora. Sqn Ldr Edwards’ intelligence,

dry wit and dedication to preparing for the C-130 fleet’s

arrival will be sorely missed.

Sqn Ldr Chris Parker, SO2 Programme Management

Office will be leaving for a tour in SHAPE in Aug 11. His

sharp sense of humour, flexible approach and clear direction

has enabled PFB to remain focused on the tasks in hand. His

replacement will be Sqn Ldr Bruce Armstrong who is currently

OC PMS at RAF Cosford.

PFB would like to take this opportunity to bid a formal farewell

and also highlight the exceptional work each of the above members

have contributed to the development of RAF Brize Norton.

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Rumour Buster

Have you heard something about Future Brize that you would

like clearing up?

Please e-mail:

Helen Cooksley – Reporting and Communications Officer 95461 Ext 6144

I’ve been told I will be put in a hotel as SLAM construction continues. Who can answer my


Please contact the accommodation cell on the following numbers:

Junior Ranks: Sgt Diggle x 7751, Brize Joy Anthony x 7764, Brian Jobbins x7146

SNCO’s: Lianne Morris x 6030 or SNCO Manager Julie Sorsper x 6032

More News

For every rack you see (right), a label must be attached.

For every label a number must be recorded on a spreadsheet.

There are over 17,000 labels on the racking alone and each

label must be matched by the same label on each box

to record where each part is kept. H88, the new C-130

Contractor Logistics Facility and Forward Stores at RAF Brize

Norton is now ready to service the Hercules aircraft from

their new home.

Important Telephone Calls

Does your extension number work with a prefix of 89 when

calling from an outside line? If you think the answer is yes, you

could be wrong. Please read on.

In order to facilitate the provision of telephones as part of

the Future Brize delivery it has been necessary to install an

additional BT telephone exchange into Brize Norton. In the

past, Brize Norton personnel have benefitted from the provision

of Direct Dial Inwards (DDI) functionality. This facility allows a

caller to use 01993 89**** (where the **** is the extension

number required) to directly dial a military phone number from

a civilian telephone line.

The DDI function will not be available for every telephone

number on both of the restricted telephone exchanges. A DDI

survey has been conducted that has identified where DDIs have

Where to get info…

The Intranet site is constantly updated. Visit: (Internal site


For external information, visit:


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not been used by a specific phone line. BZN C4I is now crossreferencing

this data to free-up DDI numbers for re-allocation.

Upon completion DDIs will be reallocated to appropriate (and

operationally essential) areas.

Users should not assume that DDI is available and should

therefore check if their telephone line has this functionality

prior to offering their telephone details to others. Should your

number not have DDI functionality, someone can still reach your

military extension from a civilian number by calling the RAF Brize

Norton telephone exchange on 01993 842551. On dialling this

number the caller will be asked to enter the extension number

required (for the call to be automatically transferred to that

number) or the caller can hold; at this point the caller will be

automatically re-directed to MOD operator assistance.



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The Team



Whilst many sat head-in-hands, in

their bright yellow Morris Minors,

blissfully refusing to believe that

we’d ever have to leave RAF

Lyneham, 47 Sqn has now made

the much anticipated move across

to RAF Brize Norton. Thanks to a

mammoth effort from all and sundry,

the transition from Lyneham to

Brize has been relatively smooth.

Strong foundations had been laid by

Weird Nav and Smilers’ meticulous

planning and preparations. We are

all delighted with our new Squadron

building, and swiftly set about

making it our home. Now it is rare

that our Boss looks sheepish, but

his eyes certainly widened as Les

and his team disappeared amidst a

cloud of smoke in the new Sqn bar

area; power tools whirred, splinters

flew, a wall vanished, and through

blood, sweat and beers the old bar

became the new, and we were back

in business. The bar was promptly

christened, and approved for future


Upcoming Events

47 Sqn look forward to the forthcoming

Dining-In Night on 1st August, and

onwards to the BoB Dining-In Night

– Battle of Brize?!?! There will be



touch-down at Brize

The Boss already has his eye on the

next humiliatory drubbing of 99 Sqn, at

the annual rugby grudge match, which

will take place before 47 Sqn’s Guinness

and Mince Pies goes full steam ahead in

December. Watch this space for further


Promotions and Awards

Congratulations to our charismatic

fridge-resident, GSXI Butch, who has

just ‘planked’, brown-nosed and morphsuited

his way to the top of the promotion

board, to earn his third. Butch has been

constantly involved in Sqn life since he

arrived, whether organising Guinness

and Mince Pies, running the Sqn shop,

or taking the helm at Sqn BBQs, cooking

up the Bassett Bangers! He has made a

tremendous contribution to 47 Sqn at

home, but it is whilst on deployment that

he has excelled the most, impressing all

who have had the privilege of working

with him on operations. It is sad that his

promotion forces him to move on, but

we wish him all the best for the future.

Let’s hope the speed-bumps aren’t too

high at his next station.

Congratulations also to Knobber,

who has been featured in

the Queen’s Birthday



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and has received the Commander

in Chief’s Commendation for his

Outstanding Support to 47 Sqn. When

asked to make a comment, his modesty

precluded him from saying much - he

simply told me to say, ‘it’s “Gareth”.’


We welcome Woody back to 47 Sqn,

after a tour in the big smoke – Woody

is currently juggling life converting to

the mighty J model and settling in as

a Flt Cdr; but at least there is some

commonality, as both involve getting to

grips with frustrating computer systems.

We welcome Wrighty and ‘Flash’ down

the corridor; I am told that ‘Flash’

is nothing to do with Flash Gordon,

or cleaning bathrooms, but more an

indication that he and Pinball probably

shouldn’t be let off together with

booze…. We also welcome Claire to the

47 Sqn Ops team – Claire joins us from

a ‘fast-jet’ background, most recently at

Boscombe Down, so will have to get used

to no-one joining her for 0800 met briefs,

due to real operations and exercises.


During the move, the boys organised a

Retirement Celebration for Sqn Ldr Pete

Saunders, at Blatchy’s Portwell Wine Bar

in Faringdon. Pete joined as a boy entrant

apprentice at just 17, prior to his selection

as Airmen Aircrew. He was posted to

RAF Lyneham as a Flt Engineer, touring

on 30 Sqn, 47 Sqn and Staneval. He was

commissioned in the late 90s and later

transferred to the EW role.

Now, the ratio of 1:1 Sqn Leaders to

Sqn members couldn’t be maintained

forever, so we have to say goodbye to

stalwarts Robs and Nick.

Robs arrived at Lyneham on 47 Sqn

back in 2001, after an extended period

of work-experience on the Tornado

GR4. A brief spell back on LXX Sqn’s

OCU saw ‘Pelican’ (something about

chins) move across to the Captain’s seat

and continue his career on 47. Showing

clear potential as Deputy Bogs and Drains

(Drain Cleaner), he was promoted into the

role of Bogs and Drains (Drain Inspector)

where he rapidly screwed-the-nut on

offenders with sideburns and long hair,

for a year. We do hope that Robs realises

that his new role in Capabilities Aircrew

Protection means more than ‘stopping

aircrew flying’.

‘Weird Nav’ Nick paved the way for a

tranche of young navigators to join the

Hercules K fleet back in 2004. A clear

talent, he also moved swiftly to 47 Sqn,

where he set about taking over the world,

from his remote access point, lying under

the nav desk whilst deployed on global

operations. His penchant for practical

jokes and sabotaging crew members’

microphones with chilli sauce didn’t go

unnoticed – I know he spent one leg tied

up in his Birthday suit down the back of

Albert, after one too many pranks. One

of my personal favourite

memories was on

Red Flag, where

Nick hadn’t resurfaced

after some

food ‘didn’t agree

with him’ in the

Red Square bar on

the previous night.

The search parties

were about to be

dispatched on the

next evening when

the weary adventurer

reappeared on stage

wearing full beach

attire, sunglasses and

a sequined wig and

hat, cutting some

shapes. Sweet work,


Mandrill is leaving

the J fraternity after a long

and distinguished career.

He spent his early career

on the K, operating

exclusively on 47 Sqn,

before converting to

the J model back in

2001. He may

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also have told you about his Australian

exchange tour once or twice, and is one

of few who have actually returned from

the southern-hemisphere holiday. It goes

without saying that it has been an absolute

pleasure to work with Robs, Nick and

Mandrill, and we wish them all the best.

Don’t be strangers…

The Team

Brize Norton Kart Club

The club members had worked tirelessly throughout the

week leading up to the race to get them prepared, much

to the displeasure of our wives and partners, sorry ladies.

The teams were shifted around a little to ensure we stood

the best possible chance of getting at least two Karts on the

podium. The new Kart was given the number 71, team name

Brize Boyz, and drivers Andy Wingrove and Adam Barron. Kart

72 was re-named BZZ Racing and consisted of drivers Cambell

Andrews, Craig Fulton, and associate driver Rob Andrews.

Kart 59 remained Crash Test Dummies but with novice drivers

Jonny Trimble and guest driver Chris Vosper from Benson at

the wheel. Team Morts, again with Jamie and Dave Mortimer,

were in kart 25.

The new kart was performing excellently during qualifying.

The tyres were working, the engine strong and Andy was able

to put in some hot laps. The karts and drivers needed to be

weighed to ensure they met the mandatory 175kgs. Ah! There

was a slight problem Andy, needing to eat a few more pies,

was under by 1.5kgs, and after originally qualifying in second

was given a 5 grid place penalty.

The formation lap started with karts weaving to put as much

heat into the tyres for the rolling start. The green flag was raised


RAFMSA Pro-Kart Endurance Championship

Race Report Round 2

Round 2 took place on Sat 14th May at Shenington circuit, near Banbury. The weather

was forecast for generally dry conditions with a chance of a shower possibly late

afternoon. The Brize teams were looking forward to this race as the club had just

taken delivery of a nice shiny new race kart with race tuned engines. Also a further

two engines had been purchased to upgrade our current race kart.

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and the race was on. Rob made a good start jumping into

2nd and Andy was able to jump to 5th. All the carnage was

behind with 59 watching it all happen ahead. The first place

team made an early first stop with 72 and 71 now in 1st and

2nd. Kart 59 was languishing near the back of the pack, but

was gaining confidence and experience. As our first pit stops

came around the dark clouds were appearing and rain started

to fall. The track soon became very slippery with many karts

doing their impression of dancing on ice. Many teams threw

down the gauntlet and stayed on slicks, including Team Morts

who appeared to be having a great time mainly going sideways,

good to watch though.

Nothing really changed and as it stayed wet, 72 in the midfield

opted to come in and change to wets before making rapid

progress passing the brave on slicks. Kart 59 stayed out with

Jonny at the wheel but he too had a 180 moment on the wet

surface, was struck by another kart, braking the front axle and

the race was over. Adam took over 71 for the final stint and

brought the kart home in a credible 7th overall, 2nd out of the

RAF teams; Rob came home in 12th and Morts in 14th. An

eventful race, in challenging conditions. Fancy a try?

The Team

Carterton Mayor’s Charity

Collection 2011

By kind permission of the Station Commander the Mayor

of Carterton, Cllr. Norman MacRae and his team visited

sections around the Station on Monday 8 August to

undertake a collection in support of his nominated Charity

for 2011, Helen and Douglas House in Oxford. Please try and

support this extremely worthwhile charity to the best of your


Helen & Douglas House has the time and expertise to care for

children and young adults with life-shortening conditions and

support their families. The two hospice houses offer specialist

symptom and pain management, medically-supported short

breaks and end-of-life care, as well as counselling and practical

support for the whole family.

Our aim is to help every young person - aged from birth to

35 – who visits us from Oxfordshire and surrounding counties,

live life to the full....even when that life is short.

We help children and young adults who visit us live life

to the full, even when that life is short.

Without Helen & Douglas House many of the young people

who visit us would have little social interaction with people

their own age. At Helen & Douglas House the whole person

is looked after. As well as specialist medical care we also offer

a range of social activities and therapies such as the spa, art

and music and outings.

Helen House is like a family home, with surroundings that are

suited to young children. Douglas House is more like

a four-star hotel, with decor and facilities suited to a

young adult. Many

of the young people

who visit us can be

isolated and unable

to lead independent

lives. They rely on

their main carer

for everything. It

often feels that

their whole life is

dictated by other

people – when they

go to bed, when

they get up, what

they do and when

they do it.

The hospice

houses give them

the chance to

make choices for

themselves and

experience things

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they would not normally easily access – such as outings and

being with people their own age – but still have the support

and specialist care they need.

Help is offered to the whole family, through counselling

and practical support – for as long as it is needed.

The Family Support

and Bereavement

Team work in

conjunction with

the care teams,

to support the

children, young

adults and their

families at every

stage. The team

is made up of

counsellors, a

social worker and

a chaplain.

There is a programme through which recently bereaved

parents are matched to parents whose children died several

years ago – people who have gone through similar experiences

and can listen and give support to those in the early stages of


Siblings are also offered professional support through oneto-one

counselling, workshops and The Elephant Club – a club

to bring together the brothers and sisters of young people who

visit, or used to visit, Helen & Douglas House.

Helen & Douglas House will also be giving a short

presentation on their work at the next Station Commanders

Forum. For further information about the work of the charity

please visit

30 Sqn

Greetings from 30 Squadron at RAF Brize

Norton for the first time! Yes it has finally

happened. After much planning and

running around by various individuals on the Sqn,

the move went smoothly and we are starting to

settle in. Despite the move, the Sqn has continued

to support ops with Sqn members still deployed in

support of Op HERRICK, Op KIPION (formerly Op


Before I go on, I would like to welcome back Flt Lt

Jim Lee from his 2 ? month posting to Afghanistan.

On asking him how it went he replied “I loved every

minute of it and wish I could have stayed out a bit

longer” Welcome back Jim!

On the 3 June, the 30 Squadron Standard Party

was involved in the final “Freedom of Swindon”

parade. With bayonets fixed, squadron standards

flying and the Central Band of the RAF playing,

the Standard Party marched through the streets

of Swindon accompanied by XXIV Squadron and

47 Squadron. The parade was inspected by the Mayor of

Swindon and Gp Capt John Gladston. After the inspection

the parade marched down Euclid and Clarence Street before

looping round onto Commercial Road and past the Wyvern

Theatre before coming to a halt in front of the Civic Offices.

The end of a 43 year tenure of RAF Lyneham holding the

Freedom of the Borough of Swindon was a celebration to


30 Sqn had the privilege this month to meet HRH the

Princess Royal, Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Lyneham

whilst she visited the Station. The visit was a great success

and many will not forget the pleasure of meeting and

chatting to HRH the Princess Royal.

The final RAF Lyneham Officers Mess Summer ball was

held on 10 June. The theme for this year was “Fat Albert’s

Flying Circus”. One of the main attractions was the Big Top

Marquee tent which engulfed the rear of the mess. The night

was an amazing success and a fitting end for the Officers

Mess at RAF Lyneham. Many thanks go to our very own

Sqn Ldr Rhod Evans for organising the event whilst juggling

many other roles and responsibilities.

After the ball, focus turned towards the move to Brize

Norton. A big thanks must go to Sqn Ldr Marcus Lee

and FS Rich Bratley for organising, co-ordinating, and

ensuring the move happened so smoothly. Both individuals

were constantly seen doing their best “headless chicken

impression” whilst trying to organise the mob of captains,

co-pilots and ALMs who were helping (or not depending

on your view) move the Sqn.

With the move came a sad farewell to Carol the cleaner

who has worked in the 30 Squadron building since it was

built. Before we departed we had a farewell ceremony

for Carol in which Wg Cdr Cochrane and SAC Collins

presented Carol with a small novelty Henry Hoover, a

bunch of flowers and a Squadron print. A big thank you

to Carol for all your hard work over the years; we consider

you as part of the 30 Squadron family and you are always

welcome to pop in for a coffee at our new offices (Bldg

60 behind the Tristar simulators).

And so, as we watched the C130s depart RAF Lyneham

on 1 Jul we could not help but feel mixed emotions about

saying goodbye to such a well-loved station. That said,

the relentless pace continues as the Squadron settles in

to its new home at RAF Brize Norton.



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The Team

Movers on the march

The initial idea was a challenging

charity event where the movers

from Brize Norton’s Air Movements

Squadron (AMS) and Lyneham’s 1 Air

Mobility Wing (1AMW) could compete

against each other. The idea, which then

became a march between the two bases,

was conceived by FS Andy Harrison from

1AMW. It sounded great, so I volunteered

to be ProjO for the Brize team, before

checking how far it was - 29 miles! I then

roped in some assistance in the form of

SACs Candie Heys, Luke Pearce and Pete


The main aim for the event was to

raise as much money as possible for three

very worthwhile causes. We wanted to

raise money for a national Armed Forces

charity, an RAF charity and a local charity,

so we chose Help For Heroes, The RAF

Benevolent Fund and Helen and Douglas

House Hospice. In addition to the charity

element the healthy rivalry between

1AMW and AMS meant that the 1st team

to finish would be awarded a trophy that

had been presented by 1AMW.

Planning for the AMS Team was a

considerable effort, but it all came

together for a 0700 start on Wed 29

Jun. A number of people offered to help

us during the planning phase, but we

were lucky to receive a gracious offer

of energy drinks and chocolate bars

from ISS. Thank you Pete Owen, I can

assure you that everything you donated


was consumed! Each

team comprised

25 movements

personnel and the

AMS Team was

aided by a small

support team of

minibus drivers,

a medic and Zoe

Marr who resolved

a lot of last minute issues for

us. Before setting off the team met for

a pre-march photo with the Stn Cdr, OC

APOE Wg and the ISS General Manager,

Erica Fuller.

The march itself started off at a good

pace with our 25 people breaking up

into two smaller teams. We had planned

to meet up with the 1AMW team, but

the AMS team got to the meeting place

first, so we carried out some foot first aid

before carrying on. As the march went

on, some people developed blisters or

cramps and a number were forced to

withdraw from the march. Despite the

gruelling distance, morale remained high

amongst the AMS Team throughout the

march. In addition to Lyneham’s Stn Cdr,

there were a number of 1AMW personnel

on hand to cheer us across the finish line

at 1555 and at Brize the Stn Cdr was on

hand to welcome the 1AMW team at

1601. When we got back to Brize there

was a very well attended BBQ and beer

call in the AMS bar, The Vent.

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Throughout the

march, the support from the public was

amazing, with the Mayor of Carteron

coming out to walk with us after we

passed the Town Hall. Along the route the

2 Teams raised a total of £1334. In the

end the march was declared a draw, and

the most important issue was definitely

the generous amount that was raised for

the charities. In addition to the money

raised along the route, both teams still

have websites open, and any donations

will be greatly appreciated (the joint total

is currently £3172!). The march was a

fantastic effort from everyone who took

part, and a special thanks should go to

Andy Harrison and Andy Fenton from 1

AMW and to the AMS organising team.

AMS website:

teams/moversonthemarch 1AMW



Flt Lt Tom Cousins

RAF Brize Norton AMS




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The Team

From ‘Civvy Street’

to Camp Bastion

The Roles of RAF Reserves

From postman to police officer,

rugby player to registered nurse,

individuals all across the UK have

revealed their RAF Reserve identities to

their civilian colleagues as part of the

activities leading up to Armed Forces Day

on Saturday 25 June.

Among those taking part in Uniform

to Work Day were RAF Reservist nurses,

Movements staff and Regiment gunners.

Drawn from many walks of life on ‘civvy

street’, in their military roles they work

closely together at RAF Brize Norton;

processing and protecting flights to

and from Afghanistan, as well as caring

for injured troops during aeromedical


Many have recently returned from or

are training to deploy to Afghanistan.

Here are some of their stories.

Formed in 1983, 4626 Squadron is the

only Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron in

the RAF Reserves. They work closely with

the regular RAF to help evacuate injured

military personnel from operational

theatres during conflicts.

Squadron Leader Colin Mathieson,

44, has been a Medical Support


Officer with 4626 Aeromedical Sqn

for 25 years, currently based at RAF


“Our Squadron’s role is to care for

patients from the point of injury in

Afghanistan and transport them all

the way home throughout the hospital


“On my most recent tour in Afghanistan

I worked with the PRT (Provincial

Reconstruction Team) as a Liaison Officer

with the Afghan medical departments,

looking to see where we could help

in the provision of healthcare within

Helmand Province. I worked on a health

and hygiene education programme

which used Afghan healthcare workers

to deliver essential life saving teaching

in areas of great need - this programme

saw some 17,000 Afghans receive

training and basic health packs during my

deployment. In my civilian role I work as a

Commercial Director. The experience I get

from working in the commercial sector

helped me when I was liaising with very

senior officials in Afghanistan.”

Corporal Dawn McDonald is Ward

Sister on a surgical ward at Wellesley

Hospital in Southend. She has been

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an Aeromed Nurse on 4626 Squadron

for 5 years.

“The jobs are very different; when I was

deployed I was dealing with amputations

and blast injuries. I was flying the lads

home and going straight to surgery at

Birmingham. I found it difficult when

meeting the families and imagined how

I would feel if they were my boys. Many

of the injured were the same ages as

my four children. I was there as a nurse

first, but would offer whatever support

they needed. I did get great pleasure in

taking them home to safety - it was very

rewarding. It was the best thing I have

done in my life so much so that I have

signed on as a Reservist for another 5


Reservists of 4624 Movements

Squadron work alongside RAF regular

personnel, handling passengers and

freight at airfields around the world.

Logistics Movers are responsible for

accepting, preparing and loading cargo

and passengers for travel on RAF Air

Transport, coalition and charter aircraft.

Senior Aircraftsman Paul Kenny, 47, is

a member of 4624 Movements Sqn at

RAF Brize Norton. He is also Deputy

Manager of Sainsburys in Dunstable.

“I prepare loads for transport by both

air and road. I also work with the physical

loading and unloading of aircraft freight

and passengers. Both jobs are based

around team work from filling the shelves

of Sainsburys to securing the loads on an

aircraft bound for Afghanistan. In both

roles you have customers – all have an

expectation of service, and it is up to you

to deliver it. When working alongside the

regular RAF Movements staff you are just

one team and get on with the task.”

The Community Manager at

Gloucester Rugby Club is known

on 4624 Movements Squadron as

Leading Aircraftsman Gary Little,

aged 44.

“The best comparison I can make

between my two jobs is working as part of

a well motivated team. Gloucester Rugby

Club has had a good relationship with the

Armed Forces, with a number of players

coming from a military background.

Sports and rugby bring together

attributes such as good team ethics,

respect, leadership and communications

skills; all of which are vital in the military.”

501 Squadron is a Force Protection

Sqn manned by Royal Auxiliary Air

Force Regiment Gunners. Training as a

Gunner is varied and challenging – from

firing live weapons on a range, learning

unarmed combat in the gym, abseiling

from helicopters or learning survival skills.

Lance Corporal Mark Armstrong, 23,

joined 501 Sqn 6 years ago.

“I wanted a challenge and a chance to

travel and see the World. I’m a Teaching

Assistant in Cheltenham and I work

with pupils who have been excluded from

school. Both roles can be challenging,

but my Reserves role gets me out of the

classroom and offers opportunities that

you just wouldn’t find in any other job.”

3 (RAuxAF) Police Squadron is the

expeditionary arm of the RAF Police.

Trained Reservists are primarily used to

support No 1 (Tactical) Police Squadron,

with whom they are also deployed on

Operations. RAF Police training consists

of a 15-month ‘battlefield policeman’


Corporal Ieuan Guest, 29, is a Reservist

policeman with No 3 Royal Auxiliary Air

Force Sqn based at RAF Henlow. He

was mobilised from his day job in the

Metropolitan Police to serve his first 6

month tour in Afghanistan. “I get the

best of both worlds – doing my bit for

the community back home in the UK

and then doing something extra with

my RAF family. On my tour I worked

closely with the Afghan National

Army, providing Force Protection on

joint patrols. During my tour we could

really see the changes in improved

infrastructure. One area used to be a

small village of a few tents, now they

have a petrol station and a parade

of shops. Our team definitely

made a difference, helping

to provide the security to

enable the locals to build.”

Just over 1,300

personnel serve as part

time RAF Volunteer

Reserves, spread across

20 Royal Auxiliary

Air Force Squadrons

around the Country.

They are regularly

deployed around the

World alongside their

regular RAF colleagues -

more than 100 are currently

mobilised in support of Operations

in Afghanistan and Libya.

The RAF Reserves are recruiting – for

further information go to: http://www.


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RAF Brize Norton

Flying Club

RAF Brize Norton

Flying Club


has undergone some

major changes in the

last 12 months so that

it can fit into Future

Brize and offer a fleet

of aircraft that better

suit the current and

future private pilot’s


Fitting in to Future

Brize is challenging

for any club at

RAF Brize Norton.

However, for Brize

Flying Club it has

been particularly

demanding as not

only does the club

require a club house, we also need aircraft parking

space. With a full audit of airfield space and accommodation

carried out by Future Brize, the Club membership is extremely

happy and relieved that it is allowed to keep its aircraft parking

area. The new accommodation in the VAS building is looking

great after the club members decorated and carpeted the

building. The new “club house” offers an Operations room and

a Classroom / Briefing room enabling the flying club to continue

offering ground school lessons, examination completion and

a full planning facility. We have also been careful to ensure

our flying operations are ready to integrate with the Hercules

operations and assure the new Duty Holder construct that we

are up to speed as a safe and professional flying organisation.

Following a lot of hard work by committee members, this

culminated in a very successful inspection from STANEVAL. Our

thanks to the Stn Execs and our hard pressed military committee

members for their ongoing support of club operations during

these changing times.

The club aircraft now consists of our trusty Warrior PA28

“Romeo Golf” and our newly acquired Cessna 152. The Cessna

is available to service personnel at a very competitive £105 per

hour all inclusive. Membership costs have also been revised

with Junior Ranks able to obtain membership free of charge.

Brize Flying club has a host of very experienced instructors and

examiners, both male and female, all of which are volunteers

who give up their time for little if any cost.

The Club is currently busy training over 15 Pilots towards a

Private Pilot License (PPL). Ten of these student Pilots are using

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC). This allows serving members

of the Armed Forces to complete the 45 hour PPL course from

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as little as £23 per hour. Obtaining a PPL using ELC is now

available to all ranks. This coupled with free membership for

Junior Ranks makes training towards a PPL very affordable.


We have been very pleased to help a number of personnel who

have sadly been made redundant due to training cutbacks. Fg

Offs Grant Mercer, Matt Burrows and Adam King-Adams are

all now well on their way to civilian licenses having finished

off their EFT training with us. We have also been supervising

a number of ground exams for rotary personnel from Benson

and Odiham. A number of Junior Ranks from Brize are using

their ELCs with us to get their PPLs. Congratulations also to

Flt Lt Ian Belcher on completing his PPL and Wg Cdr (retd) Phil

Roberts on his IMC rating and OBE!


Pilots should be aware that European Aviation Safety Agency

regulations take over pilot licensing from the Civil Aviation

Authority from April 2012. This will affect all UK licence

holders and it is uncertain what will replace the current CAA/

military accreditation scheme. Our advice is to get in early

and understand what it means to you – the club instructor

management are well versed in the changes and can discuss

your situation with you – please get in touch if we can help.

For Military Pilots RAF BZN FC operates a “Military pilot to

PPL” scheme which is currently being undertaken by three 99

Sqn Pilots. For more experienced Private Pilots training to a

full IMC rating is also available. ELC’s can be used for both of

these training courses.

RAF BZN FC has a lot to offer prospective and qualified pilots

where the sky is quite literally the limit. No matter what your

Rank, Trade or background RAF Brize Norton Flying Club can

train any budding pilot to PPL standard and beyond. With

Enhance Learning Credits it has never been more affordable.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities please

go to our all new web site

FS Steve Lloyd, 99 Squadron – OIC

Lynne Westnage – Operations Manager -

Sqn Ldr Matt Lane, Deputy CFI, 101 Squadron

ELC enquiries should contact the SAC James

Warrender –

FS Steve Lloyd


St Patrick’s Comedy Night

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The dining room at Brize Officers’ Mess was

transformed into a comedy club on 17 Mar

11, when the entertainments committees

from the Officers’ and SNCOs’ Messes joined

forces to hold an evening of stand-up comedy

in honour of St Patrick’s Day and in support of

2 deserving charities: the RAF Benevolent Fund

and Beer for the Boys. Thanks to the support

of Combined Services Entertainments (CSE),

who organise morale-boosting comedy and

music shows on operations around the world,

4 top flight comedians volunteered their time

to perform at this unique event – Bob Mills,

Junior Simpson, Barry Campagnolo and Tommy


With around 250 officers, SNCOs, civilian staff

and their friends and partners packed into the

Mess, the laughs came thick and fast – with the

assembled Station Execs on the front row taking

more than their fare share of ribbing in the name

of comedy, to the great amusement of the rest

of the audience. The joint ents committees

were also supported by Hook Norton Brewery

who were extremely generous in providing a

selection of gift vouchers and other prizes for

the raffle. Thanks to this raffle, and money

collected on the door, over £3000 was raised

and split evenly between the RAFBF and Beer

for the Boys.


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1 Air Mobility Wing Charity

Kajiado Child Care

Centre (CCC)

I arrived on 1 AMW in April this year and quickly found

myself deployed on ops in support of Op ELLAMY. A

month later I retuned to Lyneham and quickly established

that one of my additional duties was OIC of the Kajiado

CCC charity. Kajiado CCC based in Nairobi, Kenya is

a child care centre that provides support to disabled

children and 1 AMW has been providing support to the

Centre since its creation in 1983.

I considered it a fairly difficult concept,

raising money for an organisation with

which you have no personal involvement

and quickly set about establishing links

with Kajiado; travel to the Centre was

proving difficult due to the austere

financial climate but I was determined

to visit. As luck would have it, I was

tasked to support the RAF Permanent

Air Movements Detachment (PAMD)

based in Nairobi who were RIPing 4 Rifles

personnel who had been conducting

operational training in Kenya. During

a gap in the hectic flying programme, I

managed to get myself over to the Centre

with my team to visit and continue

our links with the Centre.

The aim of the centre is a simple

one - to support disabled children

in Africa, in particular those with

Cystic Fibrosis. The differences in

culture and expectation means

many do not receive the necessary

support or equipment they need to

allow their parents to give them the

assistance and support they need from

a young age. Kajiado CCC offers

schooling, integration with able-bodied

children, support groups for parents and

equipment to provide them with the

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same opportunities in their education

and upbringing.

1AMW have supported Kajiado in

many ways over the years. They have

sent books, wheelchairs and other

equipment provided by various charity

events to improve the quality of life

for the children by utilising indulgence

freight space. The aircraft space available

has reduced greatly in recent years due to

the higher demand for military AT assets

this has led to a shift of focus in the ways

to support the centre. The efforts to raise

funding to support the charity is ongoing

and is essential to the standard of facilities

available at the centre. 1 AMW personnel

are also encouraged to give up their spare

time when on task in Nairobi to provide

manpower and physical assistance to the

centre itself, building play areas, painting

classrooms and generally contributing to

the quality of life for the school children.

Having met my aim and established the

links between the Centre and myself, the

Team and I helped out the caretaker of

Kajiado CCC to repair the leaking water

tower and then organised a 5-a-side

football tournament between us and

the children, which obviously allowed

them to have 10 in the team and win

(!). I think that both the children and

my Team enjoyed this immensely and it

is hard to quantify the benefit that this

experience offers, but all of my team have

subsequently offered up their services to

our fundraising, having been personally

affected by meeting the children and

their staff. If you would like further

information on the Kajiado Child care

Centre or wish to offer your support then

please contact Fg Off Francesca Spencer

on 95481 6619 (email spencerf220@


The Team

The Malvern Challenge is a sponsored

walk across the beautiful Malvern

Hills to raise money for Help for

Heroes. There is a choice of two

different length walks and it is also

split into easy and harder paths

across the sections of the Hills.

The event started in 2009 with 100

walkers raising £7,000. Last year we

attracted 225 walkers and raised an

impressive £21,000!

This year’s Challenge will be held on

Sat 3 Sep 2011. It starts in a car park

in the middle of Great Malvern, from

where the walkers will be taken by bus

to the start of the 11 mile long walk,

at the southern end of the Hills on the

Bromesberrow Estate. Dr Greenall (High

Sheriff for Herefordshire) has kindly given

us permission to start the event here and

pass through his estate onto Chase End

Hill. The walkers then head northwards

towards the Malvern Hills Hotel.

The Hotel is around halfway back to

Great Malvern and is a great rest stop

for the long distance walkers. We will

bus the walkers doing the 5 mile short

walk to the Hotel and hold the start in

the Hotel’s car park. There will be a Help

for Heroes merchandise stall here and we

will collect donations from other walkers

visiting the Hills. The owners of the Hotel

have been very supportive of our event

the last two years and we would like to

thank them for helping us.

All the walkers then set off back

towards Great Malvern and at the Wyche

Cutting, they have the chance to visit

the lovely Wyche Inn with great views

of the surrounding countryside. The last

stretch back to the town includes passing

over the highest point of the Hills on the

Worcestershire Beacon. It is hard work to

get there but the amazing views are well

worth the effort. Everyone then heads

down towards the finish at the Mount

Pleasant Hotel with the lovely St Ann’s

Café to visit.

At the Mount Pleasant Hotel we will

present the walkers with a medal, have

a Help for Heroes merchandise stall and

massage available, plus other treatments

for the tired walkers or any supporters

who just want a bit of a treat! Also at

the Hotel we will have food available,

refreshments and a raffle/auction with

some fantastic prizes. In the evening, we

also have the Hotel booked for live music

to also raise money for the charity.

Jan Sedlacek, a local photographer

who specialises in images of the Hills and

surrounding area, will be displaying his

work at the Mount Pleasant Hotel and


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he will be donating money from the sales

to Help for Heroes. The images, printed

on canvas, are amazing and he is also

donating prints to our raffle/auction.

We would like people to register for

the walk, volunteer to assist on the day

or come along to the Hills and support

the walkers. The Mount Pleasant Hotel

is a great place to applaud the walkers

as they cross the finish line and collect

their medal. You can also check out

Jan’s Malvern Photos, buy some Help for

Heroes merchandise, buy a raffle ticket

or bid for one of the great prizes at the

auction. The latest information will be

displayed on

Please get involved in some way and

support our injured troops!

Flt Lt Ben Hanson

OIC Malvern Challenge event



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The Start - 19 Jun

At 4pm on the dot we started - all of us cycling for the first

few miles and then we started the rotations. It was clear from

early on that the adrenalin was pumping and I was wondering

if maybe we were going too fast too early. Within one rotation

we were 40 mins ahead of schedule, but we managed to keep

the pace up and arrived at Ben Nevis nearly 4 hours ahead of

schedule, at 0300 hrs. We waited until daylight and made

a start at 0330, reaching the top at 0630. By 0930 we had

breakfasted and were on our way again. With the progress so

far, we are hoping to reach Scafell at about midnight. We will

need to wait until daylight before we start, so we could earn

ourselves a 2 or 3 hour rest!

Rob appears to be progressing well - last reported position

was 100 miles north of Carlisle.


ATS JADTEU 99 Hour Charity

Cycle Challenge 19-23 Jun 2011

On Sunday 19 Jun 2011 a group of 10 RAF and Army

Personnel from JADTEU, based at RAF Brize Norton,

attempted to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End

in a continuous relay in under 99 hours, while climbing the

three highest Peaks in Scotland, England and Wales

on the way. And as if that wasn’t enough, one of team

members rode solo, direct from John O’Groats to Lands

End, trying to beat the rest to the finish. Here is an

edited version of their blog.

Land’s End.

The downhillers - Ian and Fozzy.


Brew van. Our home.

Two Down, One To Go – 21 Jun

We completed the climb of Scafell Pike this morning in some

of the worst weather conditions ever seen in the Lake District

in June. Unfortunately, while coming off the mountain we

got a little lost in the clag which cost us about 4 hours. This

means that all the time we have gained during the previous 2

days has been lost. However, we’re still on target to complete

within the 99 hours.

When we last heard from Rob he was still doing well - he’s

10 miles north of Wigan, so at the moment he is some way

ahead of us! The race is on!

3 Peaks Conquered - 22 Jun

We reached Snowdon at 0300 and began climbing at 0420.

Snowdon was conquered and we were back at “Base Camp”

by 0830. After a “Full Welsh” breakfast in the cafe we set off

again on the bikes. We are currently just north of Builth Wells

and expect to hit Bristol at between 2000 & 2100 this evening.

Fatigue is setting in but spirits are still high - especially now that

the mountains are out of the way.

Rob seems to have hit “the Wall” and is making fairly slow

progress at the moment. He is past Hereford now and I’m sure

the thought of being beaten by “Crabs” will spur him on!

Nearly There – 23 Jun

After a wet and windy night travelling through Bristol,

Somerset and Devon, we crossed the border in to Cornwall.

Rob is about an hour or so behind us now and will probably

end up being a few hours behind at Lands End. However, he still

has a chance to complete within the 99 hours which will be a

fantastic effort - just completing it on his own will be amazing.



Mission Accomplished – 24 Jun

We’ve done it! We crossed the finish line at Lands End at 1205

yesterday (Thursday) - exactly 92 hours and 5 mins after leaving

John O’Groats on Sunday afternoon. What a fantastic feeling,

although I think for most of us the feelings were a mixture of

elation at having completed the Challenge and relief that it was

over! I don’t really think the magnitude of the achievement has

sunk in yet - we’re all extremely tired, sore and stiff, but it feels

brilliant to have done it.

Rob’s achievement has been amazing. To cycle from John

O’Groats to Lands End on his own, completely unsupported,

virtually non-stop, in the time he did is incredible. He arrived

an hour and 10 mins behind us, completing the journey in 93

hours and 15 mins!

Another amazing thing is how close the race was in the end.

At one point Rob was only 2 miles behind us. In fact, if we hadn’t

seen him go past as we had a pit stop at a roadside burger van

on the A30, he probably could have beaten us. We were under

the impression that he was some way behind (possibly because

of a minor “dis-information” campaign?!).

Before I finish, I would like to say a couple of Thank You’s on

behalf of all the cyclists. First, a huge thank you to the guys who

have given up their time to support us with driving, feeding,

coffee making, etc. We could not have achieved this without

them and all of them, to a man, have been brilliant. We would

also like to say a big thank you to Andrew from Direct Fleet

Insurance Services for his generous sponsorship.

Good news – There’s still quite a bit to collect, but initial

indications are that we could have raised just over £8000 in

total - fantastic effort!! Thank you to everyone for your support.

It is still possible to donate on-line, just visit our giving

page at:


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The Team

Cricket Ball

on last lap


Members of the RAF Brize Norton

cricket team set off just before

midnight on 27 Jun to deliver the

cricket ball to Lords in time for the

start of the 20/20 Interservices

competition which started the

next day.

Gp Capt Dom Stamp, Stn Cdr, was

there to see the team off in style and

wish them a safe journey and said “I

am constantly humbled by the efforts

of personnel here at Brize Norton

who, despite facing the huge daily

challenges of supporting Operations

in Afghanistan and Libya, still find the

time and willingness to take part in

these amazing fund raising events for

their chosen charities. To steal a line

from Brian Hanrahan, I counted them

all out and I will count them all in”.

All at Lords with bikes

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Ball presentation

Ball leaving Brize

The team will be greeted by Gp Cap

Stamp when they arrive at Lords before

handing the cricket ball over, where it was

then used in the opening game

Just before heading off from Brize Norton,

Cpl Paul Taylor, one of the team, said “The

last few days have been very hectic for all of

us, getting everything ready and final checks

of kit etc, but now we just want to get on

the road and deliver that ball in time for

the first match.”





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The Team

47 AD Sqn is now fully

embedded in RAF Brize

Norton and for those of us who

have no idea who, (or what),

we are, look to the front of

the Officers’ Mess, next to

DMS, the new portacabins

will be our new home for the

next 12 months whilst our

permanent build is being


Priorities for the move have

been ensuring we can operate

effectively from our new

location, whilst still having

the Training Wing, SQMS

and MT Department located

at Lyneham. We have also

given some Ground Force

type attention to the smoking/


47 Air Despatch Squadron RLC

rest area outside the offices,

with nominations for head

flower attendant still being

considered. And for those

of us aspiring to the next

Wimbledon, the tennis courts

are ideally located next door.

Exercise Phantom Dance

April/May 2011

Exercise Phantom Dance

was a UKSF led exercise.

381Tp, 47AD Sqn provided an

Air Despatch Crew consisting

of Cpl Bill, Ptes Christian,

Henderson and Ranson. A

C130K deployed from 47 Sqn.

We departed Lyneham in

the early hours of Sunday

morning and headed to

Heathrow to begin our

journey to Kenya, courtesy

of a British Airways flight.

After a five hour delay and a

change of aircraft (wouldn’t

happen on a Herc!) we were

under way.

After an eight hour

flight we arrived at Nairobi

International airport early

on Monday morning. The

weather in Kenya was around

30 degrees and was quite

humid. We boarded a coach

and travelled to the Panari

Hotel, where we got a few

hours rest and departed for

BATUK (British Army Training

Unit Kenya) to collect our hire

vehicles for the journey up to

Laikipia Airbase.

That evening we arrived at

the Mount Kenya Safari Lodge.

We had an excellent dinner

and enjoyed the comforts

of sheets and showers. The

next day we boarded our

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vehicles and headed to the

base to begin the setup of our

accommodation. That evening

we once again enjoyed the

delights of the Safari Lodge.

In the morning we checked

out and left for our new

living quarters which we had

dubbed “tent city” due to the

fact all our accommodation,

messing facilities and even

showers (albeit of the solar

variety) were tents.

Over the next few days we

spent our time establishing our

rigging area and checking over

our Supply Drop Equipment to

make sure we could provide

the user unit with a variety of

supplies when they require it.

Our first drop was on the

29th Jun. It consisted of 2 x

1 tonne manual ejection (ME)

loads of fresh water in twenty litre jerry cans.

We loaded the Hercules in the morning and

took off a few hours later to despatch to the

drop zone. Scoring a bull’s eye we returned

to Laikipia Airbase.

The second drop was scheduled for the

6th, and consisted of 1 x 1 tonne Manually

Extracted load of fresh water and ammunition.

Once again it was a day time sortie, we

installed the load in the morning ready for

later that day. After conducting some flying

training for the “front enders” we lined up for

Archers Post DZ and despatched the load to the

ground forces as they were carrying out their

final assault of the enemy position.

Apart from the Air Despatch tasking, the AD

crew also carried out a few driving details from

Laikipia to BATUK to collect aircraft stores, and

even visited a local school and had a game of

football with the students.

To ensure all members of the exercise got the

most training value the Lyneham detachment

also took part in Survival, Evasion, Resistance,

Extraction training provided by Lyneham’s SERE

Section (Bernie “Grylls” Winters). We went

on a PRC112 navigation exercise in Sweet

Waters Safari Park including an overnight

stop at the park lodge where we saw the

“big five” consisting of lions, leopard, rhino,

elephant and buffalos. As a bonus there was

a demonstration on how to kill, prepare and

cook a larger animal after extensive haggling

to purchase a live goat from the locals.

The Tactical Air Traffic Controllers also

recruited us to man mark the runway in Laikipia

due to the lack of lighting on the runway. We

also assisted in a tactical landing and take-off

at Ole Kan Joe training area.

By the 13th May the exercise was coming

to an end and we started to pack up ready

for the move back to Lyneham. With a final

meal at the Kongoni restaurant to celebrate

the end of the exercise and a few drinks in

the Sportsman’s bar we were ready to go

home the following day. The

next morning we made our

final preparations to leave

Laikipia and headed back to

BATUK where we returned

our hire vehicles and got

transport back to the Panari

Hotel in Nairobi where we

stayed the night and headed

for Nairobi International in

the morning. We boarded

our aircraft for the night

flight back to Heathrow and

arrived back in England in

the morning.

Pte Edward Ranson

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The Team

AMS visit to Bletchley Park

On 14 April 2011 a group of Service

personnel and civilian staff from

AMS took a trip, organised by SAC

Brown, C Shift, to Bletchley Park,

in Milton Keynes - the home of

the code-breakers. Acquired by the

Government to accommodate the

Government Code and Cypher School

and known as Station X to safeguard

its role, Bletchley Park was home to

10,000 staff at its height, all of whom

were billeted in the surrounding

area and required to keep their role

secret. It was finally decommissioned

in 1987 from being an active military

base to a public site.

After an early set off from the Air

Terminal at Brize Norton, and a 90 minute

journey, we arrived at our destination.

Bletchley Park is home to a collection

of many cryptanalysis machines for

both turning messages into code and

vice versa, but it is most famous for its

role in breaking the Enigma machine

encryption. The Enigma machine was

used by the Nazi leadership to pass

messages to the front line in absolute

secrecy. However, thanks to collaboration

with the Polish Cipher Bureau and French

Intelligence units, the British were able

to create a cryptanalysis facility that

used electro-mechanical machines called

Bombes, created by Alan Turing and

Gordon Welchman, to break these coded

messages. The Enigma machine used

electrical impulses to drive a series of

rotors to produce an encrypted letter. The

receiver could then type this code into his

Enigma machine which was wired to the

same settings as the originating machine,

to receive the decoded version of the

message. The wire and rotor settings

changed at least once a day, meaning

that without knowledge of the settings

used, the chances of breaking the code

were 150 million million million to one.

It was thanks to sloppiness or fatigue

on the part of the radio operators and

the flaw in the code of not being able

to encrypt a letter as itself that the staff

at Bletchley Park were able to break the

Enigma cipher. Thus access was gained to

a wealth of intelligence regarding troop

and asset movements, rations and other

materiel stocks amongst other things,

which assisted the Allies in countering the

Germans. Bletchley Park not only houses

examples of Enigma machines but also

a reconstruction of the Bombe machine,

critical in speeding up the process of

decoding the messages – speed was of

the essence in order to keep up with

the thousands of messages that were

intercepted on a daily basis. The reason

it is a reconstruction and not an original

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is that after the war ended they were

ordered to be destroyed to keep the

secret safe.

In addition to its primary collection of

cypher machines, Bletchley Park is also

home to a small collection of period

military and civilian vehicles in the

Bletchley Park garage, a range of toys,

memorabilia and oddments from the

1930s, a display depicting life during the

Blitz of WW2 which includes some of

the original items used. It is also home

to a privately owned Churchill collection

with a slate bust of the man himself. A

slightly more quirky exhibit at Bletchley

Park is one devoted to the working role of

carrier pigeons during WW1 and WW2.

These birds were first used in 1914 during

the First Battle of the Marne to carry

messages between units, as most front

line units carried portable coops for the

pigeons, right up until 1948 when they

were deemed no longer useful due to

technological advances made. Thirty-two

of the pigeons received a Dickins medal

which is the highest medal of honour

an animal may receive, equivalent to a

VC. On the grounds of Bletchley Park

is the National Museum of Computing,

dedicated to showing the development

of computing, from pioneering war

efforts to the products and systems we

use today.

All in all Bletchley Park was an enjoyable

day with a mixture of informative exhibits

and fun displays; the Park is highly

recommended as a day out. Everyone on

the trip came away having learned a little

more about our rich and highly successful

British heritage of code-breaking and in

awe of the work and commitment of

an incredible team of mathematicians,

Servicemen and women and support


SAC Ian Randerson


The Team


H4H & Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Charity Gala Ball 2011

On 16 September 2011 Blunsdon House Hotel in

Swindon will be hosting a Charity Gala Ball and Auction

in aid of Help for Heroes and Queen Elizabeth hospital


The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is a true centre of excellence,

providing some of the best clinical and medical facilities not

just to patients in the midlands, but across the UK and even

globally through the treatment of military patients at the Royal

Centre for defence Medicine.

The Ball will help both charities give military patients and

their families the very best healthcare 24 hours a day, 365

days a year. Both H4H and QE Hospital need help and support

from charitable donations to carry on the excellent work that

they do for our serviceman and women.

Please come along and show your support for our armed

forces and the doctors and nurses of the hospital on what

will be a fantastic evening.

Tickets will be at a first come first served basis and will

be available from the 1st July, as there are only 150 tickets

early booking is recommended. Overnight accommodation is

available at a discounted rate from the hotel or at the Premier

Inn that is situated 500m down the road. To get a ticket simply

call Leigh Williams or Emma MacNaught on 01993 897006

or email your details and requests through to leighkwilliams@ Tickets are also available from the QEHB web

site Further details

can be found on We very much look

forward to seeing you on what will be a fantastic evening of

dining and entertainment.

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London to Brize in Support of Help for Heroes

At 0600hrs on Saturday 25th June,

a group of 11 personnel from MT

& Fuels Sqn arrived in Central

London. They had set themselves an

extraordinary challenge - to run from

St Clement Danes Church (Central

church of the Royal Air Force) to RAF

Brize Norton. The run was going to

take the form of a relay, with each of

the participants running a portion of

the 76 mile route.

With a cooling mizzle the first runner,

SAC Wilkinson, set off from St Clement

Danes. Navigating through the back

streets of the West End, he arrived at

Marble Arch for the first change over

to Cpl Steele. After subsequent legs

by SAC’s Fitt and Williams they were

well ahead of schedule. Sqn Ldr Abbott

captured the attention of the awakening

masses as she ran through Southall,

handing over to SAC Notley. Flt Lt

Gibbons was to run the final leg out of

Greater London.

They were now on the A40; the road

they would follow the next 50 miles

to Witney. With FS Stokes putting in a

double leg in great time, they were now

even further ahead of schedule as he

handed over to SAC Kilby.

SAC De Freitas ran the leg to the foot

of the formidable Chiltern Hills. However,

with some hard running from Stokes,

Steele and Wilkinson the Chilterns were

conquered. Sgt Scott, a guest from

Mr Arthur Binks

visit Mon 4 Jul 11

Mr Arthur Binks flew into Brize Norton in a helicopter

on a surprise visit with his wife Hazel to celebrate his

100th Birthday. The surprise trip was organised by

his friend James, a former reservist stationed at Brize

Norton for over 6 years.

The memories flooded back for the Ex WO of 216

Sqn who was treated to a private tour of one of the

Sqn’s remaining Tristar Aircraft. He later joined Wg Cdr

Bettridge, OC BSW for lunch and a slice of birthday

cake kindly prepared by the Mess.

Arthur said he had a lovely time. “It was a wonderful

journey. I did not expect anything like that; it was so

nice and kind of people.”

Tactical Supply Wing (TSW), then took

over. In true TSW spirit, he ran his 7 mile

double leg through woodlands and down

steep muddy slopes in combat boots and

carrying a 35lb bergen.

All the runners had a real spring in

their step for the second (and third)

legs as they passed by Oxford and then

through Witney, receiving lots of support

from other road users on the way. As

they approached Minster Lovell there

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was a debate as to who would run the

penultimate leg. Before they knew it

Sgt Chand, the driver for the day, had

stripped off to his ‘Ron Hills’ and was

sprinting off to Brize Norton. The group

formed up to run the last mile to the

camp gate. The relay was a monumental

effort by all, raising in excess of £2,000

sponsorship money in support of Help

for Heroes.

SAC Luke de Freitas


The Team

After 11 years on 216 Sqn and an unbelievable

40 years service in the RAF, Sqn Ldr Robbie

Robertson is finally bidding farewell to service

life. One of the RAF’s true characters, Robbie

has enjoyed a long and varied career becoming

one of 216 Sqn’s most accomplished and

respected Flight Engineers.

Robbie originally joined the RAF in 1971 as

a Rigger, on a 2 year craft apprentice. After a

tour on Nimrods at RAF Kinloss, he decided

flying was the way forward and began his Air

Engineer training at RAF Finningley. From here

he was posted to RAF Lyneham where he began a long and very

successful stint on the Hercules C130K. His time on the Hercules saw

him involved in many operations serving for a total of 13 years on

24 Sqn, 70 Sqn, 242 OCU as an instructor and 3 separate tours on

47 Sqn Special Forces Flt.

Outside of flying Robbie has always been a keen sportsman,

particularly of rugby, and competed at many service levels during

his career. His high levels of physical fitness and competitive nature

proved valuable in gaining many ground qualifications completing

the Tactical Support Course, the Jungle Survivor Course, the Winter

Survival Course and the Army Combat Survivals Course.

In 1993 he completed another course, 147 Initial Officer Training

Course at RAF College Cranwell gaining his commission. He rapidly

gained promotion and served on 38 Gp STANEVAL at Lyneham,

became a Flt Cdr on the Airman Aircrew Training Sqn and OIC Air

Engineer Training as a pilot’s assistant on the Dominie. It is on the

TriStar however that Robbie see’s out his career, having served as

Deputy Air Eng Leader and Air Eng Leader as well as ‘gash’ sqn

line engineer!

Having amassed over 10,500 flying hours Robbie now looks

forward to retirement with his wife Kathy and intends to spend

more time playing golf and watching Bath and Gloucester play

rugby. Although he says farewell to 216 Sqn, in true Robbie fashion

he has vowed to return to win the Sqn fantasy football league next

year as well as the Sqn golf championship in September! Sqn Ldr

Robbie Robertson will be sorely missed by all on the Sqn and we

wish him all the best in the future and a very happy retirement.

Thanks Robbie!


216 Sqn says farewell to

Robbie Robertson!

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Welcome to

Community Matters

Welcome to Community Matters, summer edition. If you have

comments or any contributions please contact, Lin Kennedy, the

Community Development Officer (CDO), RAF Brize Norton,

Carterton, OX18 3LX. You can also contact Lin on phone numbers

01993 897068 or 07786801107 or by email: BZN-BSW-

For advice and guidance or to assist with any housing welfare

issues that you may be encountering contact WO Yvonne Conway the

Station Community Support Officer (SCSO) on: 01993 895350

or email:

If you require information about anything at all, including being

posted in or out, schools, local services or any aspect of living in

the area, contact Mel at the HIVE on: 01993 895349 or email: A useful website to find general

information about your local area, no matter where, is http://www.

For personal and family support contact Emmanuel Walcott,

SSAFA on: 01993 841497/897251.


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Communication Support

Volunteering with The

Stroke Association

1,260 people have a stroke in Oxfordshire each year

- that’s more than three people every day. The Stroke

Association offers information on stroke prevention

and supports people affected by stroke to cope with

its effects, as well as funding research into prevention,

treatment and better methods of rehabilitation.

Volunteers are needed to ensure that the large number

of people affected by stroke can be supported.

The Communication Support Service in Oxfordshire

provides support to stroke survivors who have communication

difficulties, as well as their family, friends and carers. We

work with people in their own homes, in their community

and in small peer support groups to provide comfortable

environments to develop communication skills and

build confidence. Training, guidance and support in the

volunteering role is offered by the Communication Support

Coordinator. Volunteering roles are available throughout

Oxfordshire. For more information and to apply please

call Suzy Imeson, Communication Support Coordinator

on 01993 773982, or email


Drugs Awareness Operation a Success

A joint operation to highlight that drugs will not be

tolerated in licensed premises in West Oxfordshire was

carried out on Thursday 23 June.

The operation was organised between Thames Valley Police,

West Oxfordshire District Council’s Community Safety and

Licensing Team, RAF Brize Norton and ICTS who both provided

dog search support. Local licensees supported the activity which

involved premises being searched by drugs dogs and officers

taking swabs in locations that have previously indicated an

issue with drug usage.

Witney Team Sergeant Tony Leach who ran the operation

said: “Two teams of police and licensing officers visited various

premises in Witney, Carterton, Chipping Norton and Woodstock

to conduct full license checks.

“Drug swabbing was carried out at four premises in Witney

town centre; three came back with higher than average results

so we will be working with these licensees to educate them on

drug usage in their premises and how to prevent it. Swabbing

was also carried out at four premises in Carterton but none of

these showed any problems which is good news.

“The drugs dogs were taken to six licensed premises in

Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Woodstock and all the premises


“Whilst conducting our searches in Witney, a 21-year-old

man from Thorney Leys, Witney was arrested and bailed for

possession of class B drugs. A 20-year-old man from Swan

Court, Witney was also arrested and bailed for assault on a

member of staff at a licensed premise.”

Cllr Verena Hunt, Chairman of the Community Safety

Partnership said: “West Oxfordshire does not have a serious


RAF Brize Norton

With the operational tempo

increasing at Brize Norton

(BN) coupled with the call for

our tri-service personnel to

engage in more frequent tours

across the world. SSAFA BN

is always keen to support the

families left behind. Our aim

in this particular project was to

support young children and their

parents/guardians dealing with

their loved ones deployments


We sourced children’s books that

were then donated to the local

schools; the books have colourful

drug issue, mainly due to the active partnership working

between the police, district council and local licensees.

“The Community Safety Partnership supports and assists

licensees in reducing drug usage on their premises and we

run these high visibility operations to show the public the joint

work we are doing to reduce crime and disorder. We often

receive positive feedback from people who are pleased to see

us tackling this important issue.’

Police Area Commander Chief Inspector Colin Paine said:

“This is all about making people feel safer, working with

licensees and reassuring people on a night out. It’s great to

see people making a fuss of the search dogs, although a few

people always look a bit anxious! These are often the ones we

are interested in. Witney really is a safe place to go for a night

out – and the partnership is working hard to keep it that way.”

Leslie Semaine, Licensee of The Royal Oak in Witney and

Chairman of the Witney Area Licensees Association said: “The

Witney Pubwatch Scheme is keen to support the local authority

and police in their efforts to reduce the availability of controlled

drugs in licensed premises. Whilst the issue of drugs in West

Oxfordshire is no worse than other rural areas, it is comforting

to see that the authorities are taking a proactive approach to

the problem in co-operation with licensees.”

ICTS Operations Manager, Jed Marshall said: “It is always

a pleasure to work alongside Thames Valley Police and West

Oxfordshire District Council. Our handlers are confident that

the advance joint planning between these two organisations

ensures that the evening runs seamlessly and effectively; a true

example of responsible partnership policing.”

pictures and text that children can relate to. The titles of the

books are My Daddy’s a Solider, My Mummy is a Solider, My

Daddy’s going away and Going to Afghanistan.

The following photos are from the presentations that

were made at St. Johns School, Gateway School and Edith

Moorehouse School. A huge thanks from us to all the staff

and pupils that hosted our SSAFA team.

All profits from sales of My Daddy Is a Soldier and

Mummy is a Soldiers will go to the Afghan Appeal Fund - a

charity founded by forces families to improve the plight of

children in Afghanistan (



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Carterton Neighbourhood Management

Update - July



The Carterton Parish Council is working hard with

other agencies to continue local youth provision. At this

time details are still a little vague but we remain hopeful

for the future. The new play park on Carterton recreation

ground continues to be used regularly by young people.

Bampton is still running youth services until

September. The new build is coming along nicely and

the Parish Council recently had their first look inside.

There will be several clubs using the site and it’s hoped

that youth provision will continue well into the future.

Neighbourhood Specialist Officer

PC Rich Barnes brings this month’s update:


The neighbourhood team carried out speed indicator device

work in Alvescot and the results showed four vehicles were

over the limit, however, numerous vehicles went through

the check. Shilton Road in Burford was also checked with

a similar result. The Clanfield to Bampton Road, in both

directions, was subject to speed work and the results show

that there is a problem.

Other News

Local MP and Prime Minister David Cameron visited

Carterton to officially open the Alvescot Road recreation

ground play park. The team also attended; we regularly

visit the play park to ensure there are no issues.

On Saturday 4 June regular cycle patrols were conducted

around the Carterton area. Through a number of stop

searches small amounts of cannabis were recovered.

On Thursday 23 June the team took part in a joint

operation to raise awareness of drug usage in licensed

premises. Search dogs from RAF Brize Norton were taken

into premises while police officers swabbed surfaces

for traces of drugs. I am pleased to report that the four

premises visited in Carterton passed.

If you would like to contact the neighbourhood team,

please either telephone 0845 8 505 505 or email us at:

…Reducing Crime, disorder and fear.

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Padre’s Peace

Love her or loathe her, there’s no denying

that Lady Gaga comes out with some of the

most catchy tunes and spectacular floor shows

around. Ga ga she might be, but as somebody

who is firmly in the public eye and almost

permanently in the charts you’re never very far

from her, or her songs.

In the Chaplaincy centre we have a weekly

Faith Development Group which looks at the

Bible, faith and contemporary culture. We try

to do all of this within a sense of “so what does

that mean for us today” as we go.*

It’s that sort of stuff that led us to talk about

Lady Gaga’s latest hit, “Judas” (at the time of

writing!). Some of the lyrics are very provocative,

quite strange, and for those who know their Bible, potentially

quite disturbing. Whatever way we view it, it’s very clear from

her words that she’s been badly hurt in relationships, and that

some of the men she’s put her trust, her heart and her faith

in have then let her down really badly.

Relationships are tricky, trust can be used and abused, and

the results can be devastating. Lady Gaga tells the world

about hers in her songs, happy to be shockingly open but also

enigmatic all at once. But what about the rest of us? How

do we deal with these devastating events that can rock our

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the feelings that it’s all just too much and we

can’t keep going as we are?

Over these summer months, many of us will

be taking time away from work (we hope!) and

extended periods with those we love. During

these times relationships can flourish, but they

can also falter. Having someone to talk to may

not be able to change the events, but the old

adage that ‘a problem shared is a problem

halved’ has a lot of truth in it. Whether you

choose to confide in a friend, a family member,

a Chaplain, Relate or someone else entirely,

none of us should have to struggle alone.

Lady GaGa deals with it her way, but if you or

someone you love is struggling then don’t try

to go it alone. Maybe you won’t want to write a song about

it, but there are people that you can turn to. Hopefully as

you read this it just doesn’t apply to you, but if it does – you

know what to do.

Padre Linda

*We meet every Tuesday at 1130 in the Chaplaincy

Centre. All are welcome to join us and we munch

our lunch as we talk! For more details contact our

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