Service Personnel & Veterans Agency - January 2008
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RAF News 22nd June 2007
RAF News 13th April 2007
I couldn't help but have a little laugh at the final paragraph on the back page of the RAF News published on 13th April which stated "Hangars at the Officers' and Aircrew Selection Centre, Cranwell have undergone a £109,000 facelift. The hangars, which house equipment to test leadership and command skills of candidates to join the RAF as officers and NCO aircrew, have seen the old safety mats replaced with new, state-of-art flooring". I wondered were they able to afford longer planks!!
1st April 2007
RAF Command Structure
And then there was one
Like me I am sure most of you can remember when we had more RAF Commands than we now seem to have RAF Stations. Even I as a relative sprog can remember Home, Bomber, Fighter, Transport, Coastal, Flying Training, Technical Training, Maintenance, and Signals Commands without even considering the Overseas Commands.
Back on 1st April 1994 the RAF was re-organised in to three Commands, Strike Command at RAF High Wycombe, Logistics Command at RAF Brampton, and Personnel and Training Command at RAF Innsworth. Subsequently Logistics Command was disbanded on 1st April 2000 being absorbed into the Defence Logistics Organisation.
Now the last two Commands, Strike Command and Personnel and Training Command will merge on 1st April 2007 at RAF Wycombe and be known as "Air Command".
Future of St Athan
St Athan has now been named as the future base of a massive new training campus. Existing plans propose that most of the military's aeronautical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering and communications and information systems training will move to St Athan over the next 10 years. This will have considerable impact on existing training at Cosford, Cranwell, Digby and St Athan.
It is planned that all training at Cosford will be relocated to St Athan. Cosford is currently the home of the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, including amongst others No 1 Radio School.
The Aerial Erector School at RAF Digby will also be relocated to St Athan.
UK Veterans Badge
Men and women who Served in HM Armed Forces up to 31
December 1959 are entitled to a Veterans Badge.
The badge is not issued posthumously, the only exceptions being War Widows and Widowers who are in receipt of a War Widow/Widower Pension paid by the Veterans Agency.
The eventual aim is to include all those who served in HM Armed Forces; however the early demand for the badge is high.
For full details and to get an application form, see MoD website:—
When filling out the form:-
The government has instituted 27th June as National
Veterans' Day to honour former servicemen and women within the UK.
New Airfield Charity Successfully Launched
The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT) created history at the RAF Museum in Hendon on 1st June 2006 by formally appearing as a national charity. This fresh organisation will provide Britain's disused airfields with regular memorials to highlight their unique place in society. A Website www.abct.org.uk is already active and education support will be offered. Plans are currently underway on various schemes to enhance the good progress made since ABCT formed early in 2006. If you are interested in the work carried out by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust, or would like to contribute towards its aims, please contact them by e-mailing info(AT)abct.org.uk or through their Website.
RAF St. Athan Becomes MOD St. Athan
The Military base will be renamed from 1 July to embrace MOD, Royal Marines, Army, RAF and civilian sub-contractors. The Special Forces Support Group includes members of No.1 Parachute Regiment, Royal Marines, and RAF Regiment. No. 4 School of Technical Training, which was first established there for Mechanics, Riggers, and MT Drivers, remains. It now caters for General Engineering Trade Groups 5 and 13. The RAF element is based on the East Camp.
St. Athan is also being considered as a possible site for a Tri-Service Defence Academy.
The extensive area purchased in 1936 has been reduced by the sale of 100 acres to the Welsh Assembly.
Bomber Command Exhibition
The Imperial War Museum North is at Trafford Park on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. Until 7th February 2007 it is displaying artefacts telling the wider story of Bomber Command (1935 - 1945). The exhibition is called "Against the Odds". It includes actions against ships and U-boats, mine-laying, army support and countering V weapons etc. Personal experiences of aircrew, ground crew, factory workers and other personnel are also covered. Further details through Tel; 0161-836 4000 or Website at www.iwm.org.uk
Ground Terminal for Satellite Comms
Oakhanger was handed to civilian contractor Paradigm
in 2003. However, nearby is the NATO Satellite Ground Terminal still operated by
RAF personnel, all of at least Corporal rank. Look for the large white Geodesic
dome if you're passing.
Communications and Control Centres
In July 2004 it was decided to organise two hubs —
Logistics at Wittering, and Communications at Scampton.
Subsequently it has been decided to locate Air Combat Service Support Units (ACSSU) at Leeming. The long-term future of Scampton is under review, but among its sections are the Red Arrows, the [2nd?] CRC, and the Mobile Meteorological Unit.
Aircraft Carrier Ramp at RAF Wittering
At RNAS Yeovilton, the RN had a simulated carrier deck with ramp, based on that of HMS Ark Royal. With the phasing out of the Sea Harrier, it is being decommissioned. A replacement has been built at RAF Wittering to train Joint Force Harrier pilots for the two services.
RAF Innsworth to Close
In 1940 Innsworth (Gloucester) opened as a training
depot for RAF personnel.
At the end of the war RAF Base Accounts
Office moved from York to Gloucester, and it became the Central Pay
Closure will take place over the next 3 years, and
700 service, 1000 civilian, plus 100 contractor posts will be lost.
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Coltishall is to close in 2006, and Lyneham by 2012
Memorabilia associated with Guglielmo Marconi have
been held by The Marconi Company at Chelmsford since about 1895.
At the university, about 250 artefacts will be held by The Museum of the History of Science, while thousands of documents well be held by The Bodlieian Library.
Some material also relates to GEC, English Electric, AEI, Elliott Brothers, British Thomson Houston, and Metrpolitan Vickers — names to conjure with.
The university is planning a major exhibition for the Spring of 2006.
The Journal — Salisbury freebie —
Although the Army took over Upavon in 1993, the 1914 small HQ building has become The Trenchard Museum under RAF control. The Commander's offices are preserved as they were. Memorabilia such as Trenchard's flying log, and miniature medals are in the museum.
Upavon is on the A342 about 13 miles W of Andover. The museum is not generally open to the public, but it is possible to visit by contacting the curator:- Cpl. Ian Saunders RAF on 01980 - 615298
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