RAF RESERVIST WARRANT OFFICER STEPHEN WARNER RETIRES A 45 YEAR CAREER
Warrant Officer (WO) Warner retired from 7010 (VR) Intelligence Squadron (Sqn) on 26 Mar 19 having completed a 45-year career spanning service in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
WO Warner joined the RAF in March 1974, initially intent on a career in the Marine craft Branch, he graduated from the Joint School of Photographic Interpretation as a Plotter Air Photography. His subsequent career included five postings to the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC), interspersed with postings and detachments to the Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, Northern Ireland, No1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit in Belize and the Strike/Attack Operational Evaluation Unit at RAF Boscombe Down.
He was posted to 41(F) Sqn from 1991 until his retirement from the RAF in 1997. 41 (F) Sqn operated Jaguar ground attack aircraft from RAF Coltishall and WO Warner accompanied it on numerous operations and exercises including Operation WARDEN, the patrol of the UN No-Fly Zone over Northern Iraq from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey and UN operations over the Former Yugoslavia.
WO Warner joined 7010 (VR) Intelligence Sqn immediately after his retirement and returned to work with 41(F) Sqn, albeit at weekends. During a part-time reservist career in parallel with a second career in the National Health Service, he was able to mobilise on three occasions for full-time service to again contribute to Op WARDEN and OP RESINATE NORTH in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
He mobilised once more in 2003 during Op TELIC to augment 41(F) Sqn’s Tactical Imagery Flight and again in 2007 as Detachment Commander for the Tactical Imagery Wing’s detachment based at Al Udeid, Qatar – a unique achievement for a part-time volunteer reserve WO.
The Sqn marked WO Warner’s retirement with a “Top-Table” lunch held in RAF Wyton’s Officers’ Mess in March. Reflecting on WO Warner’s career, Sqn Ldr Andy Fennell, Officer Commanding 7010 (VR) confirmed that “as Sqn WO, Steve has made a unique contribution to the Sqn, bringing a wealth of specialist experience which has contributed to the personal development of a generation of its members and Sqn’s ability to deliver support to the RAF when it has been called upon to do so. We all wish him the very best for a long and