Station Commander’s Foreword – Autumn 2011

Despite the last throws of summer weather, it felt very strange this week having the first discussions on the ‘snow and ice’ plan and OAP’s Christmas party.

Looking around, the pace of life and activity levels across the Station remains significant and the high standard of team and individual effort have ensured that the Station continues to play its vital role in supporting the Defence output. Halton has been recognized for the quality and breadth of its output, as our excellent showing during our Annual Formal Inspection has illustrated. We were able to demonstrate the positive training environment that has been created here and the breadth of activities and community work that is done by our incredible personnel, be they Service/MOD Civilian/Contractor.

We have been busy with many graduations from Phase 1 training and we continue to play our part in preparing people for a worldwide role in many ways, not least by supporting airmen’s professional development through the training delivered to RAF Non-Commissioned Officers on the Airman’s Command Squadron (ACS). But it is not all ‘office’ based work! ACS completed the Battle of Britain Heritage Walk whilst Personnel Management Squadron performed team building at Danesfield. Serco, meanwhile, benefitted from a fun filled day of team building activities and families had the opportunity to have a bit of fun at the most enjoyable Station Families Day in September; my children certainly enjoyed it!

The excitement of Exercise PUTOVANJE shows that we are still able to provide opportunities for our personnel to be stretched and grow and the sports focus shows some of what has happened on Station and what things like volleyball are available. We are a truly joint mixture and the richer for it as our high standing in the International Air Force community shows in the article International Assistance. Our strong International performance individually on Operations has also been articulated by SAC Jo Haywood on returning from Op HERRICK 14.

Since our last edition of Mainpoint, we have seen the arrival of Wasps RFU and Saracens RFU alongside considerable Air Training Corps activity and, as ever, our charity work has been considerable; despite the high tempo of our work loads, it is reassuring to know that we continue to consider that the needs of others paramount. Mainpoint continues to be an important element for communicating just what the Halton Community is involved in, and I would urge you all to let the Editorial Team have your ideas and suggestions for future editions.


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