Category Archives: News from the Regiment
In preparation for the retirement of the current Regimental Secretary 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, most of which have already occurred. To this end, it would be helpful if those still sending hard-copy mail directly to the Regimental Secretary 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 Journal. (*).
– 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 407]
The Annual Corps Memorial Commemoration Service (ACMCS) was scheduled to be held at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Alrewas, on Armed Forces’ Day, Sat 25 Jun 16. Because of on-going extensive building works, refurbishment and associated restrictions at the NMA, which will extend until Remembrance Week in Nov 16, the ACMCS 2016 is cancelled and the focus switched to the ACMCS in the Corps’ 75th Anniversary year in 2017. [CPeN 391/ Regtl Sec]
The following Corps Honours and Awards were announced on 14 Jun 14 in conjunction with The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014:
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
As a Member:
Sqn Ldr T D REES Ops Spt (Regt) DCOS Ctts RAF FP HQ RAF Honington
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
WO A FRANKLIN-BROWN Gnr RAF Regt Trade Sponsor
WO J GALL MBE Gnr Corps WO
FS D BETTS Gnr 3 Sqn RAF Regt, RAF Wittering
DEPUTY COMMANDER’S COMMENDATION
Flt Lt O WALKER Ops Spt (Regt) DSC 26 Sqn RAF Regt
WO B MANNION Gnr QCS WO, RAF Northolt
GROUP COMMANDER’S COMMENDATIONS
Flt Lt A HALL (RAuxAF) Ops Sp (Regt) DSC 609 Sqn RAuxAF
WO G EDEN Gnr Trg Wg RAF Honington
FS A CASHMORE Gnr Oman – JOA, ex JHC
FS I PENTONY Gnr 26 Sqn RAF Regt
Sgt G COOPER Gnr 27 Sqn RAF Regt
A/Sgt D CORENTIN Gnr RAF St Athan, ex RAF Honington
Sgt A WARING (FTRS) Gnr SNCO IC Discip, RAF Leeming
Cpl C RICHARDS Gnr GDT Flt, RAF Shawbury
LCpl M RICHARDSON Gnr 26 Sqn RAF Regt
SAC P CONNELL Gnr 26 Sqn RAF Regt
RAF Honington Team Commendation 20 Wg RAF Regt DCBRN Wg Boxing Tea
A new partnership arrangement between the serving Corps, Regiment Association and veteran volunteers has been forged to enable the RAF Regiment to celebrate its short but eventful history by enabling a greater access to its own Museum based at RAF Honington. The Museum has always played an important part in Regiment life and is now housed in an extensive facility within RAF Honington.
Due to the increasing burdens on serving staff and the rationalisation of all but the most pertinent of roles, the Museum has not achieved its full potential. A recent survey on line, of past and present RAF Regiment gunners, indicated that a large proportion did not even know that the Regiment had its own Museum. The online community decided to help and set up their own web page on Face Book . Within 48 hours it had over a thousand supporters. As luck would have it some of the original and local veterans were members of the RAF Regiment Association and contacts were then made with RAF Honington and Training Wing in particular, who are responsible for the Museum.
The plan is that the volunteers will man and open the Museum one week end a month from April to October this year and evaluate the results. Access will be in the form of guided tours around the facility and booking will be through an online facility at the RAF Regiment Association web site www.rafregt.org.uk There will be two tours per day on the each day of the designated weekend, one at 09:30 and one at 13:30
The dates are as follows:
31 Aug/1 Sept,
Sqn Ldr Dave Vick, Chief of Staff Training Wing, who has been instrumental in spreading awareness of the Museum amongst the serving community said:
“We are looking forward to working with our retired colleagues on this worthwhile project. The Museum is a valuable Corps asset and although the existing volunteers and Trg Wg staff have done a tremendous job, the pressures of an operationally focussed modern Service have meant that the Museum has sometimes not always received the level of priority that it deserves.
That the Regiment Association is willing to assist us with the running of the Museum is a prime example of the strong bond that exists between serving and retired Corps members.”
Jeff Stevenson, Chairman of the RAF Regiment Association added:
“The Association is pleased and proud to support a greater awareness of our Corps and the increase in access to our Museum will ensure that. We have already undertaken to support the Museum just as we support other Corps assets like the Memorial at Alrewas and the Chapel at St Annes. The partnership involving the volunteers is especially worthy as the staff working there will be the ones who have lived this history especially since the end of the Second World War.”
Alan Pinnion spokesperson for the Volunteer group said:
“This new venture between the volunteers, the RAF Regiment Association and Training Wing, RAF Honington, is aimed at making the Museum more accessible to both veterans and those currently serving . Eventually in the long term it is hoped the general public will have access as well. All volunteers are ex serving members of the RAF Regiment and we aim to assist in the improvement of the museum and its facilities, helping both the Association and Training Wing. By giving time freely to guide people around the museum as well as servicing the equipment we feel we can contribute a great deal to benefit the museum. Our payback is that we are interested in our Museum and have first hand knowledge of many of the exhibits and their history through service in the RAF Regiment. We also add continuity to the operation of the Museum as we have all settled in the local area.”
It has been announced that Sgt J Verney of II Sqn RAF Regt has been selected as the 2013 Winner of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP) annual NCO Leadership Award. The award recognizes Sgt Verney’s exceptional leadership performance on operations in Afghanistan, at the 2012 London Olympic Games and his work on the RAF Regt’s inaugural Individual Contingency Readiness Training package. The Trophy and certificate will be presented at a formal WCoSP event later in the year.
The RAF Regiment Association congratulates Sgt Verney for his well deserved award.
The following RAF Regiment personnel were recognized in the Armed Forces’ Operational Honours and Awards List No40, published in the London Gazette on 22 Mar 13:
- Sgt R GEDDES – 51 Sqn RAF Regt – For Gallantry.
Mention in Despatches
- Cpl K LEE – 51 Sqn RAF Regt – For Gallantry
Joint Commander’s Commendations
- Sqn Ldr K M McMURDO – OC 51 Sqn RAF Regt.
- Cpl L G CHIVERS – 2 Sqn RAF Regt.
- Cpl M T SMYTH – 51 Sqn RAF Regt.
- LCpl P STURGESS – 2 Sqn RAF Regt.
The RAF Regt’s definitive history of its involvement in the Burma Campaign – ‘Constant Vigilance’, by the Corps Historian, Dr Nigel Warwick, is available for sale and an order form may be obtained from the Regtl Sec at HON-HQRAFRegtSec@mod.uk; the cost is £25 incl UK/BFPO P&P (£30 to EU addresses), a discount of £5 on the cover price/postage. Orders will require a cheque payable to the ‘RAF Regt Fund’
The RAF Regt has joined forces with ISS (the catering, retail and leisure provider at RAF Honington and many other military bases) to re-launch the RAF Regt Shop on Fri 26 Oct 12. It will be located in the RAF Honington Spar Shop and share the same opening hours and staff. The Shop will gradually evolve as we fine-tune the product list, identify suppliers, and obtain the necessary authority to use MOD insignia. This will take time; the full range of products will be introduced gradually over the coming months, so please be patient and limit expectations until the service can be developed fully. Our incremental development will also allow us to take into account customer feedback. Those requiring bespoke items with official military logos etc, leaflets will be available in store and via Email shortly to enable the placing of orders for RAF or RAF Regt-branded items. We will also be providing an e-commerce (Internet) service very soon – more information to follow. The point-of-contact at RAF Honington is Sqn Ldr Tony Nelson at email@example.com. Please note that the new facility has no connection with, or responsibility for, the previous Shop facility operated at RAF Honington. [CPeN 248]