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From the National Chairman RAF Regiment Association – Christmas 2018
Christmas is fast approaching once more, with the usual attendant commercial overindulgence and get-togethers across the country and with it the inevitable look back over the year to take stock. For me, it will be even more poignant as it will be my last Christmas as chairman before I hand over the stewardship of the Association next October, to Kevin Ottaway, your new chairman. I could finish blandly about the honour it has been to Chair the Association for six years, but to do so would not address the fact that the Association faces some existential challenges over the next year or so.
The country is approaching the biggest political challenge it has encountered since the end of the Second World War, and is starkly and bitterly divided. The leaving of the EU in April or whenever will cause scars and recriminations in British society for a generation. Our own challenge is equally stark and boils down to these simple questions: Are we still relevant to our veterans and serving Rock-apes; how do we ensure that whatever the Association does in the future will be valued and realistic to meet the needs of its members; and where do we find the selfless individuals like those who have served in some capacity for years making our organisation run?
These are simple questions and yet they are not. The behaviours of society reflect on our veterans, as does the austere financial conditions over the last ten years. What was desirable then, isn’t now. A dress up Gala dinner is a highlight for some, and for others an afternoon/ evening in the pub at Grantham chewing over old times and trying to remember who it is we are talking to and what he looked like 20 years ago. In short we need to figure out what the Association is there for and how it can move with the demand of the social media age to be; as the Corps always has been, flexible and agile.
So blandly I don’t tell you that it has been an honour because leading Rock-apes is always an honour and privilege. I, instead, welcome Kevin to the Chair and urge you to give him the same unstinting support and friendship you have given me. I also give my personal thanks to everyone who contributed, not just this last year but since we re-raised the banner in 2006. Like all of you, I remain a Rock at heart and as such to all of you and your families and friends, especially those who read this but are not members of the Association yet; I wish you an untroubled Christmas and a rewarding New Year.
Very Best Wishes
23 Dec 2018