Category Archives: RAF Honington
The following is an update received from SO2 Engagement & Protocol.
Corps Parish e-Notices are currently managed within the FP FHQ at RAF Honington. The future intent is to use social media and websites more widely to update the RAF Regiment family. Corps Parish e-Notices will be phased out with the information passed through social media and/or the RAF Regiment Association network and websites. Veterans in particular are encouraged to be members of the Association in order to receive Corps updates, amongst other advantages.
The 75th Anniversary Special Edition of the Centurion journal will be the last in its current format and funded through/produced by the Centurion Fund (previously the RAF Regiment Fund). This important communications and engagement tool will transition to the RAF Force Protection A9 Office (SO2 Engagement & Protocol) which is exploring new approaches including ‘coffee table style pictorial glossys’ and digital publishing.
The forthcoming Centurion Journal will be the last in hard-copy format and was paid for by subscribers in April 2017, as the annual subscriptions are paid in advance. Association members may; therefore, wish to consider cancelling their Direct Debit subscription payable on 1 April 2018 to Debit Finance fairly quickly as it will likely be initiated the week before to hit the bank transfer deadline. If there is to be no hard-copy Centurion in 2019, the 2018 subscription would be for something not ultimately provided.
The Commandant General’s Commendations will continue to be facilitated through the Force HQ. Submissions from serving members and members of the Association should be sent to: SO2 Engagement and Protocol, RAF FP Fce HQ, RAF Honington, IP31 1EE.
Warrant Officer S R Griffin – Corps Warrant Officer
WO Shaun Griffin joined the RAF in 1986 and after successful completion of RAF recruit training at RAF Swinderby was posted to RAF Catterick to be trained as a RAF Regt Gunner. Upon graduation he undertook several tours on RAF Regt Squadrons in the UK and Germany and operational tours to the Falkland Islands and Belize. During this time, he also represented and captained both the RAF Regt Rugby League and the RAF Rugby League teams, playing at Inter Service level. Additionally, he represented various RAF Stations in association football and athletics.
Promoted to Corporal in 1996 he completed an overseas tour as a GDT Instructor as well as 6 years of service on a Joint Service Unit completing multiple operational tours in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Promoted to Sergeant in 2004 he was subsequently posted to Training Wing as a Further Training Instructor. Here he delivered tactics and leadership training to potential RAF Regt Junior and Senior NCOs as well as future Officers. During this tour he was awarded an AOC 2 Group Commendation. A period on 3 Sqn RAF Regt as a Rifle Flight TAC Sgt followed with a return to Afghanistan.
While deployed he gained promotion to Flight Sergeant in 2009 and returned to Training Wing as FS RTS (B), responsible for supervising 6 training teams. He also spent time at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines as a means of sharing training techniques for which he was awarded a further AOC 2 Group Commendation. A tour on 1 Sqn RAF Regt followed as both FS Ops/Trg and FS ISTAR. During this time, he deployed to 906 EAW, providing FP advice to the Detachment Commander. At this time he was awarded a third AOC 2 Group Commendation.
In 2013 he took the reigns as Sqn WO of 15 Sqn RAF Regt in between HERRICK 17 and 20 deployments. He remained as Sqn WO throughout their HERRICK 20 tour and stayed at Camp Bastion until the last day, and the UK’s subsequent withdrawal from Helmand Province. On substantive promotion to Warrant Officer, he completed a short appointment in 22 (Trg) Group transforming the RAF’s approach to formal training. He then took up the position of IFPT WO overseeing RAF Phase 1 Force Protection Training.
Appointment to the prominent role of RAF Regt Corps Warrant Officer followed in 2017. In this role, he is responsible to the RAF FP Force Cdr for monitoring, reporting on and, where appropriate, enforcing the standards, welfare, ethos and discipline of the RAF Regt element of the RAF FP Force.
Griffin is married to Donna and lives in Hertfordshire with his two daughters Lily and Daisy. He has been a RAFALO for the past 16 years and supports local RAF veterans as a RAFA befriender and dementia friend’s champion. He is Chairman of RAF Regt Rugby League. In his spare time he restores 1970s Japanese motorcycles, makes Sloe Gin, enjoys reading military history, circuit training and walking the family dog Oscar.
Please follow the below guidance for the event on the 20 July:
Unless you are able to collect your ticket prior to the event (from the 17–19 July) your ticket will be allocated on arrival at the MAIN GATE of RAF HONINGTON.
Please ensure you bring Photo ID with you.
You are to be seated no later than 1030, therefore, please allow sufficient time to gain entry, be allocated tickets and park.
Unless you are arriving by coach, you will be directed to park at the Junior Ranks’ Mess (adjacent to the Parade Square).
You will not be permitted to leave by car until the VVIP has completed his visit (approx 1330).
RAF Regt Assoc
The presentation of a new Queens’ Colour for the RAF Regiment will take place at RAF Honington on 20 Jul 2017 as detailed in the previous emails – dated 25 May 17 and 06 June 17.
I am informed that there have been issues with the email address previously provided for non RAF Regiment Association Members. Please, if you are in any doubt as to the successful nature of your application reapply using the address detailed below.
OC GD Flt will confirm receipt of your application, if you have already received confirmation no further action is required.
All other applicants (non RAF Regiment Association Members) are to apply through the Station Contact at – HON-FamiliesDayTickets@mod.gov.uk.
Or write to
OC GD Flight
Royal Air Force Honington
Bury St Edmunds
20th JULY 2017
Members attending the Association AGM & Reunion and wishing to visit RAF Honington on the 20th July for the presentation of our new Sovereigns Colour and the Families Day should travel on the coaches provided. The coaches will depart the hotel at approximately 08.00 and depart RAF Honington at approximately 1900. Provided you have booked for the AGM & Reunion with IOW Tours no further action will be required for you to gain entry to RAF Honington as your name(s) will be forwarded to the RAF Police and they will be informed that you are travelling on the coaches.
If you are an Association member but not attending the AGM & Reunion (and therefore not travelling to RAF Honington on the coaches) but wish to visit for the Colour Parade and the Families Day, Click here for the application form – it must be completed and forwarded to the Association National Secretary by no later than 30th June 2017.
If you are a Veteran of the Corps and wish to attend either or all of the events then you should apply as above to the Association National Secretary, clearly marking your application as “VETERAN NON MEMBER”. You should also include the dates you served in the Corps and your approximate time of arrival. You must also carry photo ID to gain access to the station.
All who require lunch (pay as you dine) at the hog roast and BBQ at the Heritage Centre must inform the National Secretary.
There will be no admittance for anyone turning up on the day that has not completed the above procedure and had an acknowledgement that they have been registered.
The contact details for the Association National Secretary are:
By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
By post to National Secretary
RAF Regiment Association
171 Chester Road
Seven Kings, Essex,
The Programme for the 20th July is as follows:
- 09.30 arrival -Concentrate at the Heritage Centre (Parking and Access will be immediately adjacent. Disabled Veterans should inform on their registration form to be detailed to disabled parking).
- 09.45 – 10:00 Refreshments and comfort break
- 10:15 Move to parade Square by Bus
- 1100 – Presentation of a new Colour for the RAF Regiment by the VVIP
- 12:00 approx – Lunch at the Heritage Centre (Hog roast/BBQ).
- 1500 – 1900 Families Day commences including an air show to include the Red Arrows, The Falcons, the Typhoon Demonstrator and the Battle of Britain Flight. Static displays by the Atlas 400M and the Chinook as well as Corps vintage vehicles.
- 19:00 Depart for Cambridge.
- 1900 – 1100 – Hangar Bash with some transport available for members staying at the hotel who wish to stay on. There will be an additional cost.
The Commandant General is pleased to announce that the presentation of a new Queens’ Colour for the RAF Regiment will take place at RAF Honington on 20 Jul 2017. This email serves as a Warning Order for any subscribers to the Corps Parish E-Notice who may wish to attend. Exact details are still to be finalised, hence the broad nature of this Warning Order.
More details – including the procedure to apply for admission to RAF Honington – will be sent separately by a repeat email not before 2 June 17. There is no need to reply to this email. VIP guests will be invited under separate cover.
The Colour will be presented by a VVIP, to be notified in due course.
Recipients may wish to note the following outline details to enable early planning:
- The Presentation Parade is anticipated to commence mid-morning. The arrival time for guests will be confirmed in due course; for planning, guests should anticipate needing to arrive no earlier than 0930.
- Following the Parade guests will be welcome to remain for the RAF Honington Families Day. This will include an airshow; the Red Arrows, a Typhoon Display, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flt and the RAF Falcons parachute display team as well as a Continuity Drill Display by The Queens’ Colour Squadron, plus other attractions. The Families Day will conclude by 1900, with a food-court for refreshments operating throughout.
The confirmatory email will provide further details and explain the method to apply for admission to RAF Honington. Recipients might wish to note that photographic ID is required for admission – this will be specified in the confirmatory email.
Thanksgiving and Commemoration Service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
The RAF Regiment started its 75th anniversary celebrations of its formation with a Thanksgiving and Commemoration Service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 11am on 1st of February 17. The service was led by the Dean, the Reverend Canon Dr Frances Ward, who blessed the RAF Regiment 75th Anniversary Prayer Candle which was processed to the alter by Leading Aircraftman Gell, prize-winner of the recent trainee gunner course.
Readings at the service were given by Air Commodore Frank Clifford, Commandant General of the RAF Regiment and retired Squadron Leader Peter Lawrence, national chairman of the RAF Regiment Association. The Homily was given by The Reverend (Group Captain) Tim Wright, RAF Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief, (Operations).
The event was attended by more than 600 RAF personnel, former Commandant Generals and Regiments veterans and dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Clare Lady Euston and the Air Commodore-in-Chief of the RAF Regiment Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.
Sir Stephen in his address said: “The Royal Air Force is extremely proud of what the RAF Regiment has done over the past 75 years. They have succeeded in the job they have been given and continue to set standards.” St Edmundsbury Cathedral is the custodian of the RAF Regiment Memorial and standards as a mark of the Regiment’s close association with Suffolk.
Olive Hathaway, 84, whose late husband Harry was a Warrant Officer in the regiment, said “My husband started in the RAF Regiment as a ground gunner in Burma and spent the next 34 years serving with the corps. It is a powerfully moving day, with some sadness too”.
Regt75 Formation Reception
Following the Service of Thanksgiving at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, invited guests joined serving members and senior Corps commanders for the Regiment75 Formation reception at the RAF Regiment Heritage Centre, RAF Honington.
Air Commodore Frank Clifford OBE, Commandant General of the RAF Regiment, hosted the informal event with Air Officer No 2 Group, Air Vice-Marshal Gavin Parker OBE, as the chief guest of honour. Two Founder Members of the Corps, Mr Len Hale and Mr Kelvin Glendenning OBE, were recognised and honoured by the gathering.
The Heritage Centre afforded guest and serving members the opportunity to travel down memory lane of the history of the RAF Regiment and to look at close quarters many of the iconic weapons, and equipment. A particularly interest was the newly installed Roll of Honour Room recording the ultimate sacrifice made by the former members of the Corps in varied theatres of operations. In his concluding speech at the reception, Air Commodore Clifford, addressing the Corps members assembled said, “we are standing on the shoulders of giants” and the Regiment’s enviable reputation will surely be assured by our next generation present today.
From: Group Captain Richard Langley OBE MA RAF
Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force Regiment
As we begin the break for Christmas I thought it would be prudent to inform you of the events that the Corps has planned for 2017, its 75th anniversary year.
The Royal Air Force Regiment is planning a series of events (42) to celebrate its 75th Anniversary year. These events will stretch across 4 continents and 3 oceans as members of the Corps undertake strenuous and testing adventurous training as they conquer mountains and seas whilst traversing testing and inspiring terrain. A host of sporting events will also occur, as our sports men continue to highlight the Corps’ sporting prowess across a wide variety of disciplines and events.
I appreciate that you will want to share in these celebrations as members of the Corps’ extended family and will wish to meet the serving members. We have a number of events where this will be possible, these include:
- 1 Feb 17 RAF Regiment Formation Service St Edmundsbury Cathedral
- 1 Feb 17 RAF Regiment Formation Reception RAF Honington (Invitation only, through the RAF Regt Association)
- 12 May 17 Freedom of Richmond Parade Led by No 2 RAF FP Wg
- 13 May 17 Annual Corps Chapel Service Catterick
- 23 May – 5 Jun 17 The Queens Colour Squadron will undertake Public Duties in London
- 24 Jun 17 Annual Corps Memorial Commemoration Service National Arboretum
- 20 Jul 17 RAF Regt Families Day RAF Honington
I intend to write to you again in the New Year as further events begin to take shape. Your continued support to the Corps is greatly valued and appreciated, and I take this opportunity – on behalf of the Commandant General and all Serving members – to wish you and your families a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Group Captain Richard Langley OBE MA RAF
Deputy Commander, Royal Air Force Regiment
In preparation for the retirement of the current Regtl Sec at the end of 2016, and in the interim period until such time as a successor is appointed and in post, there is a rolling programme to transfer his roles and duties to other parties, many of which have already occurred. To this end, it would be helpful if those still sending hard-copy mail directly to the Regtl Sec would indicate, on the outside of the envelope, the subject area involved. The initial requirement involves the following subject areas ( * indicates associated eNotice in the main body):
- Corps Artwork Orders. (*)
- Corps Books Orders. (*)
- Centurion Fund (*).
- Centurion Subscriptions (*).
- Centurion (*).
- Corps Jewellery. (*see relevant eNotice below on change of address notifications).
- Corps History.
- Corps Death Notice Forms (CDNF). (*).
- RAF Regt Offrs’ Dinner Club (RAFRODC). (*)
- Corps Memorial Stones.
The mail may then be re-directed, as appropriate, to the relevant desk. [CPeN 408]