Monthly Archives: January 2015
The Corps policy of recording the deaths of as many of its ex members as possible remains the same. Notification of death to the Regiment Secretary will ensure that as much information as possible is passed on to as many people as possible. This will include date, time and location of the funeral and instructions for flowers / contributions. Where possible a serving Corps member may attend and , if a member of the RAF Regiment Association, branch standards (and National Standard in approved exceptional cases) can be paraded. Normally, the CG will also write to the NOK. It is, however, the common case, that information is fragmentary and as a consequence an opportunity is lost for the Corps to show its respect for those who have served. The Corps Death Notice, CDN is downloadable from the RAF Regiment Association web site www.rafregt.org.uk or can be obtained from the Regiment Secretary. It should be filled in with as much information as possible but with the minimum being name address DTG and location of funeral. It should be sent to Regt Secretary as soon as this bare minimum is complete.
For Association members, completion of CDN will fall to the Branch Officials, who may or may not liaise with the Membership Secretary to get further information. Due to the incompleteness of information on some categories of membership, it will fall upon Branch Officers to supply information on their Branch members, as defined in Articles and SOPs. Such information is required to be reviewed annually and review forms are available from Membership Secretary. Reviews are to be completed for 2015 by 30th of April.
To help you notify the RAF Regiment Secretary of the death of a serving or former member of the RAF Regiment a form can be downloaded in Word or PDF format for you to complete and return to the RAF Regiment Secretary:
A Service for serving and retired members of the RAF Regiment to commemorate the end of Op HERRICK will be held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk at 11:30AM on Fri 6 Feb 15.
Personnel who served on RAF Regiment units during Op HERRICK are cordially invited to attend. For veterans, more detail can be gained from Corps Parish eNotices or the Regimental Secretary, Wg Cdr Martin Hooker, on 01359 237824 or HON-HQRAFRegtSec@mod.uk . Serving personnel outwith the Force Element Chain of Command may gain more detail from the event co-ordinator, Sqn Ldr Andy Gaskell on GPTN 95991 7818 or 01359 237818.
The Association joins those serving in the Corps in congratulating those honoured in the New Years Honours List
NEW YEARS HONOURS LIST – MILITARY DIVISION – RAF REGT
The following RAF Regt personnel were included in the New Years Honours List 2015:
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Gp Capt G BUNKELL CBE RAuxAF RAuxAF Inspector (upon retirement).
QUEEN’S VOLUNTEER RESERVES MEDAL
Cpl A M HAYMAN Gnr RAF Leeming
CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF COMMENDATIONS
The Chief of the Air Staff has awarded his personal commendation for meritorious service to the under mentioned personnel.
WO G D HARFIELD Gnr RAF Northolt
Sgt S A TAYLOR Gnr RAF Honington Ex DCTT
DEPUTY COMMANDERS’ COMMENDATIONS
The Deputy Commanders Air Command have awarded their commendation for meritorious service to the under mentioned personnel:
Cpl T D COURT Gnr RAF Brize Norton FT Trg Instr
Sgt A T WILLIAMS Gnr RAF St Mawgan ex RAF Honington DSTO
AIR OFFICERS’ COMMENDATIONS
The Air Officers’ Commanding the RAF Groups have awarded their respective commendations for meritorious service to the under mentioned personnel:
Flt Lt M BOWERMAN Ops Spt (Regt) ex OpsO 4 FP Wg
Flt Lt R J CAPLETON Ops Spt (Regt) CP Trg Offr
FS W LOVEJOY Gnr TACP FP Centre
FS M MOODY Gnr CSS – 3 Sqn RAF Regt
Sgt P M COWAN Gnr Supervisory FAC
Sgt D J O’KEEFE Gnr SNCO TCIS
Cpl R P SWALES Gnr C Flt Sectn Cdr – 3 Sqn RAF Regt
Cpl S P WILLIAMS Gnr JNCO Trg – 27 Sqn RAF Regt
– Team Commendations: Air FP Combat Tracking Team
Close Quarter Battle Trg Team
Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT)
Sgt A P HOLMES Gnr GD Flt Cer DSAE Cosford, ex RAF Honington
Joint Force Comd
Flt Lt J A WELCH Ops Spt (Regt) HQ BFSAI, ex RAF Honington
FS D J ROTHWELL Gnr 902 EAW Musannah, Ex RAF Halton
Flt Lt R J WYNNE Ops Spt (Regt) OC FP Trg Flt
Sgt G SAYER Gnr 3 Mob Cat Sqn FP SNCO
Additionally further congratulations go to Sqn Ldr (read) AF Pelcot on the award of an MBE