Talent In Lincoln…

14 Squadron’s legendary work tempo remains high, with a busy winter period for our personnel. Our latest group of new aircrew are now fully qualified with many of our newest recruits already on deployed operations, and the next cadre under way with their training.

B flight’s newly appointed Flt Cdr, Sqn Ldr Nightingale is being worked hard and is on the final stages of his Operational Conversion Course. Furthermore, we welcome home a recently deployed B Flight who returns from OP HERRICK after doing a relatively dry, but chilly stint out in theatre!

We are increasingly getting involved in various exercises when we have the opportunity around the UK. Recently an aircraft was involved in Exercise PASHTUN DAWN. This takes place down on Salisbury Plain where ground troops are doing their pre deployment work up for Afghanistan. There were two planned flights in support of their training operating out of RAF Waddington. Two subject matter experts in the form of Flight Lieutenant Alex Ball and Sergeant Chris Angell went down there and thoroughly enjoyed the Army’s hospitality over the period of a few days. They had the pleasure of sharing a twenty man room, and to this day still have unsettled looks about them both…

Any excuse to quench our personnel’s thirst for knowledge (and beer) is welcomed with open arms! A force development trip organised by Sergeant John Godfrey down to London seemed like a valuable excursion. Early in February a group of eight keen aviators packed into the Sqn mini bus, drove down to RAF Halton. Once booked into the relevant messes they made their way into the centre of London to visit the Churchill war rooms for the afternoon. An evening meal, washed down with a few ales set them up for an early night at RAF Halton. The following morning was a guided tour around Bletchley Park which everyone highly praised. A good couple of days had by all those able to attend!

It’s not all work and no play though! Every week the aircrew and engineers have been putting together a 6-a-side football team that play in Lincoln on a Wednesday night. Flight Lieutenant Alex Ball has been the driving force of the team and I’ll let him tell you a bit more about ‘Crusaders FC’:

Before we sign off for this edition, some public congratulations to Flight Lieutenant Alex Thompson, Flight Sergeant Carl Walton and Warrant Officer 2 Ray McKay for their new arrivals, hopefully not too many sleepless nights ahead! So until the next edition and of course the all important Crusaders FC update, all the best from 14 Squadron!

Flying Officer Tom Hamilton