Station Commander’s Foreward
As the seasons change, RAF Halton takes on an autumnal feel against the backdrop of the Chilterns, summer already feels an age away.
As we look ahead to the winter months, the station prepares for our annual period of remembrance. This time of year allows us to reflect on the dedication and sacrifice of our personnel and those that have gone before us. By sharing in collective remembrance, we ensure that the RAF and wider Defence family remains together, gathering strength for the challenges that we face.
This strength is displayed constantly at RAF Halton where our family has been selfless in their tremendous support, helping prepare for the Olympic Games nationally in terms of Defence and locally with the Paralympic events at Stoke Mandeville. Our many personnel involved, met the training task with typical gusto, matched by that of our Olympic helpers and RAF Halton Area Voluntary Band who always inspired with their stunning performances.
Closer to home we were also honoured as we joined forces with local authorities in signing a covenant of support. This covenant will help to strengthen our links with the community as it is designed to build on the national armed forces covenant, recognising the unique pressures of the work performed by forces personnel and the particular needs of their families. This is a welcome step forward.
Other work this year saw the successful Airplay summer 2012 activities programme which was of great importance to service personnel and their families. Six weeks of activities were organised with volunteers from Service personnel, Serco staff, Service wives, Bucks County Council and the Airplay Team here at RAF Halton. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves with all the activities that were available.
Station personnel become involved in a wide range of enterprises during their time at Halton and it is often the behind the scenes effort that allow facilities like the Motor Club to work, offering so much to our people. Perhaps though, opportunities don’t come stranger than the chance to debate at Cambridge University. RAF Halton was involved in a most unusual event initiated by the Generic Education Training Centre, and hosted by Dr. Howard Tuck a fellow of Cambridge University. RAF personnel were privileged to use the Cambridge Union debating chamber to get the RAF Leadership and Management training community together in a place where they could have a day of meaningful discussion and debate.
The Ladies from International Defence Training at RAF Halton raised over £700 for Cancer Research UK whilst other personnel from PMS successfully completed the London 10K run for the RAF Benevolent Fund again raising much needed funds.
As if all of this was not enough, our personnel are still producing quality outputs in their primary roles and I am delighted to see that concurrently, time is still being devoted to personal development through our remarkable Adventurous Training programme.
Whether contributing to the cerebral development of the RAF, the training of our personnel, varied primary tasks or fostering the moral support that is central to who we are, our personnel continue to make me proud with their inventiveness, passion and hope. These traits will ensure that RAF Halton and all of our lodger units remain prepared together for all that we face, as one team.