RETURNED: Members of 150 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police,
marching through Richmond.
than 100 soldiers exercised their honorary right to march through a North
Yorkshire town as its Freemen, after returning from a gruelling tour inAfghanistan.
troops were all from the 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police, also known as the
Red Caps, and have just returned from Task Force Helmand, where they have just
returned from a six-month tour.
stationed there, the troops were under the command of the 4th Mechanized
Brigade, the lead formation of the task force.
(Thursday, May 9), the troops, who are all members of 150 Provost Company,
Freemen of the town.
They were joined by colleagues from the RAF Police and
Territorial Army soldiers from 252 Provost Company Stockton-on-Tees and 243
Provost Company Livingston, who supported them on tour.
the parade, the soldiers were presented with their Afghanistan operational
medals at Richmond Castle by the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Stuart
guests at the parade included Colonel Pat Cairns, Deputy Provost Marshal
Investigations, Colonel Amy Purlock, Provost Marshal United States Army Europe,
Colonel Jeremy Green OBE, Regimental Secretary Royal Military Police and Wing Commander Steven McCleery, Deputy Provost Marshal RAF
RAF Marham and RAF Honington troops prepare for Afghanistan deployment
No 3 Force Protection Wing (3FPWG) RAF Regiment, which
is based at RAF Marham but comprises No 2 Squadron RAF Regiment RAF Honington,
No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment RAF Wittering and Tactical Police Squadron (TPS) RAF
Henlow, will be deploying on Operation Herrick 18 to Camp Bastion next
In preparation for the mission, they have been training
at the Stanford training area.
For some, the deployment will be their first time out in
Afghanistan – while others are hoping to utilise experience gained from previous
Wing commander Andy Jones MBE said: “There has been
three levels of training: a very tactical level for the men and women to
practice their life-saving tools and to best prepared as they can be,
communication control exercises to make sure our operations staff are ready to
manage any scenarios we may face and planning tasks so we can plan and deliver a
secure operation now and in the future.
“For every person who is going to Afghanistan for the
first time, there are a number of people who have been a number of times. Young
men and women get the opportunity to be exposed to it in a deliberate manner and
there are no shocks when they get there.
“The training is very good and very challenging. We’re
not just ticking boxes, we are getting guys to the highest standard. I’m
confident we can deliver that.”
Camp Bastion houses more than 28,000 people while its
airfield supports on average nearly 3,000 flights per week. It is considered one
of the busiest airfields in the world.
The 3FPWG will be replacing No 7 Force Protection Wing
as part of the operation.
Their role will be to minimise hostilities against the
camp and protect a 700km perimeter from insurgents.
Flying officer David Rayfield, 25, who was born in
Norwich and is based at RAF Honington, will be going on tour for the second
He said: “I’m feeling confident and am looking forward
to gaining the experience. There is a little bit of nerves but I think that’s a
“It’s good to be able to cut my teeth on the job that
I’m trained to do.”
Corporal Rhian Jones, who is an RAF police officer and
will be going to Afghanistan for the first time just days after her 28th
birthday, added: “I’m looking forward to the challenge, I’ve been training for a
long time for it. I’m looking forward to putting those skills into
“I am nervous as well and am going to miss my
An RAF Policeman from RAF Halton helped to save the
life of a colleague who was suffering a brain haemorrhage by rapidly assessing
him to be in danger and getting him to medical aid.
Corporal Nigel Lisowski (25) from High Wycombe who
is currently serving at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, was in the gymnasium with
a colleague, Corporal Ricky Millott. At the end of their training session the
pair went into the changing room only to find Flight Sergeant Mike Thay with his
head in his hands.
Mike, (49) from Princes Risborough, for whom exercise is a
normal part of RAF life said: “I was working hard in the Gym and began suffering
with a most almighty headache. As it persisted, I rather naively I returned to
the changing rooms to face the prospect of getting changed back into uniform.
The headache was becoming worse and all I could do was sit in the corner holding
my head. Numerous people came and went - I can only assume they either did not
notice me, thought I had had one hell of a tough workout, or were just
He added: “Corporal Lisowski entered the changing room and
immediately sensed that something was not right. He asked me if I was ok and I
told him I had a bad headache. A few minutes later he asked me again how I was,
which was no better. He then stated he was taking me to the Medical Centre and
told me to sit still whilst he fetched the car. His colleague packed my things
and they helped me to the car. The doctor instantly suspected a brain
haemorrhage and an ambulance was called immediately. The doctor said she needed
to notify my Next of Kin and it was only then that I realised the how serious my
Mike was rushed to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and then onward to
The John Radcliffe Hospital where he spent the next 10 days in the Neurological
Department after which point he went home to begin his recovery.
Whilst Corporal Lisowski’s actions undoubtedly helped to save
Mikes life the 25 year old believes he just did what anyone else would do. He
said: “I was happy that Corporal Millott and I reacted quickly to the situation
and also for the quick reactions of RAF Halton Medical centre staff. I only
found out a few weeks later how seriously ill the Flight Sergeant had been. I
feel pleased that Flight Sergeant Thay is recovering well and, although having
this very unfortunate time in his life, is still able to go home to see his
family. Corporal Millott is also delighted with Flight Sergeant Thay’s
Mike, now back at work, said: “Not only did Corporal Lisowski
intuitively recognise there was a problem but moreover he acted decisively in
taking ownership of the situation and doing exactly the right thing. He is a
credit to the Police Flight.”
The actions of Corporal Lisowski and Corporal Millott reflect
the core ethos and standards of the RAF as a whole and in particular the RAF
Police specialisation who, as an integral element of the RAF Force Protection
Force provide unparalleled air-minded security, guarding and policing effects 24
hours a day, all year round, whether on Operations or at the home base to enable
the delivery of air power.
Mike, very aware of the vast range of consequences following a
brain haemorrhage said: “Amongst other things memory loss is my main symptom,
which I find frustrating. Given that a brain haemorrhage can cause any number of
effects, I feel very lucky indeed and I am most thankful for the fast response
of the RAF Police, the Medical Centre at RAF Halton, and the neurology team at
the John Radcliffe Hospital.”
Editor: Flt Lt Higgins
Corporal Lisowski and Flight Sergeant Thay by RAF police
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A Royal Air Force Police NCO stands guard at the ramp of a RAF
99 Sqn C-17 as it offloads the first deployment of Ghanian troops and equipment
RAF Police ATSy -
From The Heart: Heart transplant is a 'gift of life' to those in
Smith is a big man in every way. He was
a dog handler in the RAF police. He played rugby – coming from Hull, how could
he not play rugby? But while he was in the RAF, they found he had a heart
Eventually, it was so bad, he had what doctors call end-stage heart failure.
It sounds ominous and it is. He could not play with his kids anymore. He could
not even walk upstairs without feeling exhausted.
I met Alex 16 days after he had a heart transplant at Papworth Hospital. He
had spent 20 months on the transplant list and he was beginning to despair –
after a year, he told me: “I felt I was at the bottom of the list.”
But the day I met him he was almost joyful. He strode into the gym for a
session on the exercise bike with his physiotherapist - 20 minutes at a time. He
is determined to get fit again – to be able to throw a rugby ball to his son.
After the session we talked.
I feel like someone somewhere just gave me the greatest gift of life and I
thank their family for making that difficult decision.
But then, his stoical, determined exterior started to crumble. I could see
that a tear was starting in the corner of his eye as he told me that the family
who had made their dead relative’s heart available for transplant had given him
a new life.
The enormity of what had just happened to him was sinking in.
And he can look forward to many years of his new life. Ninety per cent of
heart transplant patients survive for a year – and 50 per cent go on to live for
at least 10 years after the operation.
Military police are investigating allegations of
sex abuse of children at a former RAF base in Berlin.
Wing Commander Mike Dixon said a man in his early 60s from London had
been interviewed over the claims.
The allegations date from between 1981 and 1989 and involve a former RAF
serviceman stationed in Berlin during that time.
The inquiry is being run by RAF Police Special Investigations and
Wing Cdr Dixon said: "A man in his early 60s, from the London area, has
been interviewed by the RAF Police regarding allegations relating to the sexual
abuse of children whilst he was serving in the RAF at an RAF base in Berlin in
the 1980s. Inquiries continue."
Investigators are asking any potential victims or witnesses to come
Wing Cdr Dixon said: "Anyone who served at, or had
connections with, the former RAF base at Gatow during the 1980s and early 1990s,
who believes that they have any information relating to the alleged offences, is
urged to contact us in absolute confidence."
Chief Of The Air Staff Visits RAF St
Mawgan, The Home Of Defence Survival Training
An RAF base which teaches military personnel to
stay alive in hostile environments has hosted a VIP to see its world class
training first hand.
During a two-day fact finding mission to RAF St
Mawgan in Cornwall the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Sir
Stephen Dalton saw the station at work as the centre of excellence for Defence
The base, whose motto is ‘To Teach the Best to
Survive the Worst,’ supports and prepares thousands of UK and NATO personnel for
operations in Afghanistan and across the world every year. Last year saw the
base host 1200 personnel of the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and this year
will see that number increase to about 2000 personnel.
The Station, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, is the only RAF base in the SW
of England and has ambitious plans to develop a former Second World War airfield
nearby into a new training area enhancing its facilities and bringing a welcome
boost to the local economy.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal
Sir Stephen Dalton, said:
“I have greatly enjoyed my visit to Royal Air
Force St Mawgan where I have had the opportunity to meet the unit’s Service and
civilian personnel and to see first hand what great work the Station does on
behalf of all our Armed Forces.”
The Station Commander, Wing Commander Philip
Lamb, said “We are delighted to welcome the CAS to RAF St Mawgan, and are proud
to have had the opportunity to demonstrate what we do and present our future
plans in supporting the RAF and wider Defence.
Editor: Flt Lt Jeff Spencer
Photographs: Tony Rogers
RAF Police (Cpl Abigail Hinton – Cpl Mark
Lowman), meet Chief of the Air Staff in front of new Trebelzue Training
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Car giant supplies first responders who race to save the
life of Helen Mirren’s friend
IT was a seminal moment for the
London Ambulance Service Voluntary Responder Group — and an important one for
Volvo, too. Dame Helen Mirren was in town for the glittering premiere of her new
film, The Debt, at the Mayfair Curzon when her close friend Chris Worwood
suddenly collapsed, on the red carpet, with a cardiac arrest.
recognised in New Year’s Honours List
Published on Monday 31 December 2012
Flt Sgt Dale Woolman-Lane, from the Royal Air Force Police, was
also awarded an MBE for his achievements in providing a military working dog
capability in Afghanistan.
Flt Sgt Woolman-Lane lives in
Ruth’s network sends out
parcels for RAF police
02 January 2013
ROYAL Air Force policemen and women serving in Afghanistan received a festive
surprise this Christmas thanks to a woman from New Quay.
Festivities for the Military Police officers based at Kandahar Air Field
began when the parcels arrived in the post from a support network set up by Ruth
Morgan of Tabernacle Church.
Ruth, who has family links to the RAF police, created a donation system
through the church to raise money to buy welfare packages - containing festive
treats including crackers and mince pies - for deployed RAF police throughout
The local Brownies group has also been busy helping to put the Christmas
parcels together. This year, Ruth and the Brownies raised enough money through
fund-raising events, including raffles and cake sales, to send out 15 Christmas
parcels to a group of Flight Line Security officers in Kandahar.
Flight sergeant Dom Sarrazin, who will be working alongside the Security team
at Kandahar for their six-month tour, has been in contact with Ruth to thank her
for the parcels.
He said: “It was such a nice surprise to receive the parcels in the post for
the guys working out here. “We really appreciate all of the effort that she has
RAF police from 7 Force Protection Wing are on patrol
through the local bazaars in the area surrounding Camp Bastion. The RAF Police
personnel will be deployed over the Christmas period, ensuring the security of
Camp Bastion and the local surrounding areas, working closely with 5th
Contingent from the Tongan Defence Services and 15 Squadron, RAF Regiment.
No 7 Force Protection Wing
06 December 2012
No 7 RAF Force Protection Wing has taken over Force
Protection duties at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province,
No 7 RAF Force Protection Wing comprises a Headquarters,
normally based at RAF Coningsby, No 15 Squadron RAF Regiment from RAF Honington
and a security squadron of RAF Police drawn from stations across the RAF.
Additionally, the Wing is augmented by soldiers from the
5th Contingent from the Tongan Defence Services and an Automated
Sense & Warn detachment from 16 Regiment Royal Artillery and, more recently,
A Squadron from The Queen’s Royal Lancers.
Camp Bastion houses a population in excess of 28,000 people,
and is therefore a critical part of the Strategic Air Bridge. The airfield
supports on average, nearly 3000 flights per week and is considered one of the
busiest airfields in the world.
The Force Protection Wing’s role is to maintain, along side
the United States Marine Headquarters Group, a fully integrated Force Protection
capability. This capability exists to minimise the effectiveness of hostile
intent against Bastion, its personnel and assets, whilst disrupting insurgent
freedom of movement within a 700km2 defensive zone surrounding the
“The Squadron has quickly settled in after a successful
handover and we are now in the thick of operations. All personnel are working
extremely hard, employing the comprehensive training we received back in the UK.
This combined with the quality and professionalism of our personnel, enables us
to continue to disrupt the insurgents freedom of manoeuvre around Camp Bastion.”
Senior Aircraftsman Matthew White is an RAF Regiment Gunner
serving on 15 Squadron RAF Regiment and was particularly complimentary about the
pre- deployment and in theatre training he received. He said:
“This was the most valuable training that we could receive
before we took over as Resident Field Squadron. I for one was really reassured
by this training, which without doubt helped to improve my confidence. All
instructors here have praised our personnel’s professionalism and attitude,
which reflects how well we were prepared for the mission.”
Squadron Leader Stewart Beekman, Officer Commanding Security
“HERRICK 17 has started at a frenetic pace, with all
personnel on the Security Squadron settling in and laudably rising to all
potential security challenges. Our hard work prior to deployment during Mission
Specific Training has benefited us immensely and has already delivered sound
results on operations. Each of the sections on Security Squadron is being kept
busy and we remain ready for the challenges ahead.”
Wing Commander Chris Bishop, Commanding Officer of Bastion
Force Protection Wing said:
“Having assumed responsibility for the Bastion Force
Protection Wing task on 29 Oct 12, our first month in the 'hot seat' has flown
past. From the outset, HERRICK 17 was advertised as the tour of change - the
first month surpassed expectation! The Force Protection Wing comprises a mixture
of cap badges consisting of RAF Regiment, RAF Police and Royal Artillery.
Adhering to the adage that 'variety is the spice of life', shortly after setting
foot in Bastion; ‘A’ squadron from The Queen’s Royal Lancers joined the fold.
Leaning into the task, ‘A’ Squadron, working alongside my RAF Regiment Gunners
set about increasing our presence on the ground, conducting an array of
Counter-Threat patrols to deny the insurgents freedom of movement. As we reach
the end of a 'roller-coaster' month, the FP Wing is ready to face the challenges
of Herrick 17.”
Editor: Fg Off Cassy Gray
Photographs: Cpl Neil Bryden
RAF Police and the Queens Royal Lancers out on a walking
Patrol on the outskirts of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
15 Sqn RAF Regiment on Patrol in Afghanistan during OP