Station FD Day
This year with a remit to train RAF personnel, the Force Development (FD) Day saw participants deliberately given only a brief overview of what was expected of them prior to the event.
The participants turned up at Kermode Hall and after being divided into syndicates they were welcomed by the Station Commander before receiving an operational update brief. This set the tone for the day and the syndicates then moved under the control of their IC (In Charge) and 2IC (2nd In Charge) to their next training serial. The serials were undertaken on a rotation, with groups exposed to a variety of military skills based activities from a realistic first aid serial with multiple casualties to a group shoot on the dismounted close combat trainer. A session in the woods on camouflage and why things are seen, displayed that things are not always what they appear to be as the snipers finally showed their positions. A quiz on Air Power challenged the grey matter whilst Flt Lt Kev Place of DMOC put people on the spot with radio and TV interviews; as part of his introduction to media skills sessions. Improvised Explosive Devices were explained for all attendees and the lucky(!) groups got to enjoy a team Navigation Exercise.
All groups enjoyed a delicious hot lunch from ESS at the IFPT hangar. To break up the challenges and before the final event, the scores so far were shared with the groups. There were two teams in joint first place and two teams in joint third place, so all was still to play for in the excellent ninja like PT challenge dreamt up by PTI, Cpl Lizzie Jaines. The PEdO expertly demoed perfect form to be replicated with the uber-strict umpires seeing all. It was a frenzy of action that determined the eventual winners of the contest. Group Captain Elliot announced the best shot of the day as Cpl Osborne of SDF and the winners of the FD Trophy for 2011/12 who basked in the glory of victory.
The success of the event was largely down to the great work of WO Bill Bruce and his team, as well as Flt Lt Mark Adams, FS Shaun Turner and the FDTF duo of Chf Tech Nik Elliot and Kerry Bennett-King. Who knows what the next version will entail…