The Crusade Continues…
The pace of Squadron tempo back here in the UK has not dropped either. As you read this another ‘Operational Conversion Course’ is up and running training the latest recruits to the 14 Squadron family. With more of the ‘cream’ of the RAF’s multi engine aircrew heading our way we’re developing an embarrassment of riches in the talent department. It seems the word that 14 Squadron is the place to be is spreading at pace.
Early February saw the visit of Air Marshall ‘Timo’ Anderson to the Squadron. As a former Officer in Command of 14 Squadron and now Chairman of the 14 Squadron Association it was a pleasure for Wing Commander Moir and his Squadron to welcome him to the recently reformed version of his former steed. Air Marshal Anderson took the opportunity to fly with Flight Lieutenant’s Cottle and Ball, meet members of the Squadron and of course lead the charge at the obligatory beer call. Rumours are abounding that the beer was still flowing in the city into the early hours led valiantly by Officer Commanding 14 Squadron.
As part of his visit Air Marshal Anderson was on hand to oversee the presentation of the annual Grieve and Smith Memorial Trophy. This prestigious award is granted to the member of 14 Squadron who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to life on 14 Squadron during the year and honours the memory of Flight Lieutenant’s Mike Smith and Alan Grieve who were tragically killed in a mid-air collision over northern Germany in January 1989. With her family in attendance the very deserving and truly humbled recipient this year was Corporal Rachel Mills. To rousing applause Rachel received her award from Officer Commanding 14 Squadron with her equally proud mum Collette smiling on.
The engineering team at Number 2 hangar has seen some changes in the early part of 2012. With her promotion to Squadron Leader we are delighted to announce that Claire Felipes remains on 14 Squadron as our Senior Engineering Officer. Moving into her recently vacated Junior Engineering Officer position is Flight Lieutenant Mandy Singleton; a huge welcome to Mandy and congratulations to Claire. Away from the office our engineers have been busy too with new arrivals galore, with many couples celebrating their new additions to their families. Wedding bells have been ringing as one couple tied the knot on Valentine’s Day, whilst other couples celebrated their special day last month. Nearly slipping through the net from our last article was the AOC’s commendation bestowed upon Senior Aircraftman (Technical) Lewis Preece, another proud moment for the Squadron. Huge congratulations to all from the rest of 14 Squadron.
It’s not been all flying for us though and making the most of their time in the UK, Sergeant Nick Everingham led a group of nine 14 Squadron personnel on a tour around London’s Zeppelin damaged buildings on a one day staff ride in late February. Given the distances involved between each of the sites luckily for the nine members of the group many of the sites were conveniently located near welcoming venues dispensing cool refreshing beverages.
All that remains for this issue is to for us to wish 8 Squadron a comfortable break in the States as we’d heard 3 weeks in Oman was just a little too warm for them, don’t forget to water the roses whilst you’re away though! And a little piece of advice for anyone with car mounted Squadron crests…stronger magnets required next time!