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Rallying Support for RAF Benevolent Fund

Squadron Leader Craig Teasdale’s arrival at RAF Lossiemouth least year as OC 4 Squadron, RAF Police not only brought 14 10931110_790463434352960_1107888773313286014_nyears of Police and Security expertise to Morayshire but it also added a turbo charged Subaru Impreza Rally Car, as part of the RAF Rally Team. Craig is three times RAF Champion and is keen to promote motorsports in the local area and encourage newcomers to the world of motorsport.

In his blog, Craig tells us more about his team, Spookworks, and his connection with the RAF Benevolent Fund through Team RAFBF Lossiemouth.

“Motorsport is very popular in the RAF. As a technical service, the teaming up of man and machine in competition seems an obvious extension of our normal operational roles and natural interests. There is more than a little overlap between the two worlds.”

spookworks (1)Motorsport in the RAF is a recognised sport run by the RAF Motorsports Association (RAFMSA) and open to everyone in the RAF. There is every possible variation of motorsport available, from rallying to karting, circuit racing to motor cross. If it’s got four wheels or two wheels it’s covered and there is always someone who can help you get started in whatever takes your interest. RAF Lossiemouth even has its own Motorsports Club.

Motorsport also provides an excellent outlet for those who feel the ‘need for speed’. With my police hat on I know that it is impossible to deny that some people enjoy the feeling of speed. But speeding on the road is extremely spookworks (4)dangerous and can cause accidents with horrific consequences. Shocking statistics show Service personnel are twice as likely to be killed in a road accident than civilians. Motorsport provides the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy going fast in a controlled and relatively safe environment with events, equipment and vehicles specifically designed for this purpose. The public road is not a place for speed and should be seen as part of an integrated national transport infrastructure only designed to get people from A to B. The public road is not a racetrack.

A long time supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund, I am joining up Team RAFBF Lossiemouth to help raise the profile of charity in the motorsports world. When I am asked spookworks (2)why, I simply tell people that it’s great opportunity to enjoy my passion but do something for a very worthy cause at the same time. I know people who have received fantastic support by the fund so it’s great to help put something back – even it is just a sticker on the car. Everything helps.

Craig Teasdale

10325235_653384634727508_7600528079652232319_nWhilst at RAF Lossiemouth, Craig intends to compete in the 2015 Scottish Rally Championship, so look out for more from the Spookworks team this year! You can follow their adventures on their Facebook page or Twitter.

RAF Police officers receive medals for service in Afghanistan during parade at Henlow

By Bedfordshire On Sunday | Posted: December 09, 2014

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FAMILY members watched with pride yesterday as their loved ones received military honours for serving with the RAF Police in Afghanistan.

In a moving ceremony held at RAF Henlow, serving officers, including reservists, received medals for taking part in Operation Herrick – the code name under which all of the UK’s military operations have been conducted since 2002.

One of those being awarded was Rob Ranstead, 33, from St Neots, who completed his first six-month tour in Afghanistan this year after joining the RAF Police as a reservist in 2011.

Flying Officer Ranstead, whose day job involves working for the British Transport Police, was out with the no 2 tactical police squadron as a flight commander and operations officer and was responsible for 27 RAF police/regiment personnel who delivered protective security for the fourth largest UK airport at Camp Bastion.

During his six-month tour, Flying Officer Ranstead also organised a football tournament during the World Cup between the RAF Police, Jordanian Air Force, US Marine Corps, and US Army.

He said: “I had to complete four months training away from home as well so overall it was more like a 10 month tour.

“It was quite challenging at times, you miss your family and you miss home.

“The emphasis today is really on the achievements some of the guys had out there, it has been a long campaign and this really brings a bit of closure to that.”

Although British troops have now withdrawn from the country, a military presence will be maintained in Afghanistan beyond this year including a small detachment from the RAF Police in Kabul.

Ex-RAF officer Eddie Graham sentenced to 13 years for child abuse

A former RAF intelligence officer has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of 23 sexual offences on children.

Eddie Graham, 63, carried out the assaults on boys, many of whom were aged under 13, while serving at the RAF Gatow base in Berlin during the 1980s.

He was also a scout leader on the base and used RAF buildings and surrounding land to carry out his assaults.

He was convicted by a court martial earlier in the month.

'Disgusting predator'

The allegations first came to light in 2003 when one of the former scouts made a complaint to police. The man then approached a different police force with the same complaint in 2012.

The matter was passed to the RAF Police because all of the offences were committed by a serving member of the RAF on an RAF base abroad.

That is why Graham, who has retired from the RAF, was tried in a military court, not a civilian one.

Graham was a senior member of the Scouts and met Prince Charles in 1985. All his victims were boys aged between five and 14 years old, and they were all children of serving military personnel.

He was arrested in January 2013 and admitted assaulting nine of the boys but denied assaulting four others.

This picture of Royal Air Force personnel looking very smart whilst collecting outside Covent Garden tube station today has been received from a member of the public.

COMBAT STRESS: The Royal Air Force Police need your support at intu Milton Keynes today

By jessica.duncan | Posted: October 30, 2014

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Support servicemen and woman including those who lost their lives in Afghanistan

B Fight 1 TPS RAF Police are spinning 453 miles in a day at intu Milton Keynes today for the Combat Stress charity.

The 453 miles they are spinning represent the number of military deaths in Afghanistan since the conflict began.

The decided to support the Combat Stress charity because of the great work they have been doing since 1919 with service members to help them with their mental wellbeing after witnessing traumatic incidents.

The spinathon is taking place at intu Milton Keynes today until 6.30pm.

Watch what they are up to below and either head down and show your support or visit


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Francis Morris of Quarmby celebrates 100 years next month and he's still driving despite never having passed a formal test

But he did pass a test enabling him to drive buses!

100-year-old Francis Morris of Quarmby

A man about to celebrate his 100th birthday shortly is still driving – despite never having passed a test.

Francis Morris, who was born on November 2, 1914, never needed to pass a test as he began driving before such things were required.

These days he says he still pops to the newsagents in his blue VW Polo to buy his Examiner as well as the occasional shopping trip.

His son Malcolm, 64, said: “He didn’t take a test to drive a car and in fact he used to ride around on a motorbike as a young man and he didn’t have one for that either. But he did actually take a another test later on as he drove buses in a career that lasted almost 40 years”.

Malcolm added: “You have to renew your licence every three years once you hit 70. You have to take an eyesight test and so on. I have just helped him fill in the forms as his three years are up on November 2.”

Francis grew up on a farm in what is a bygone era. He lived in the Midhopestones area, near Stocksbridge and left school aged just 13 when he was offered a job on another farm 14 miles away in the Sheffield area where he could hear the sound of Sheffield Wednesday fans cheering on a Saturday afternoon.

The decision meant he had to leave home at a tender age and he recalls his mother Sarah buying him a spare pair of trousers before he bid them and his five siblings farewell to make his own way in the world.

Later he went to work in Farnley Tyas before deciding he needed a change and began a lifelong career on the buses.

Life on the buses for Francis Morris
Life on the buses for Francis Morris

Bizarrely, in those days, you needed a licence to be a bus conductor and he began conducting before becoming a driver, inspector and a driving instructor for Huddersfield Corporation Passenger Transport.

When the Second World War broke out in 1939 he joined up with the RAF Police and was stationed in Malta and Italy. Before the outbreak of war he had started courting a young lady called Ann Thompson, known as ‘Winnie’ whom he had met on a bus when she got on every morning in Honley.

Strangely, they did not keep in touch at all during the six years of the war but they took up where they had left off – on the buses just as if nothing had happened.

100-year-old Francis Morris of Quarmby. Francis pictured in 1940
Francis pictured in 1940

Despite some strenuous objections from Winnie’s family, who were quite well-to-do, the couple got wed at St Mary’s Church, Honley, in 1946 and went on to have two children, Malcolm and Paul, 61.

Francis also has five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. After his career on the buses ended he found part-time work at Blacker Road Garage and continued with that until he was 74. His wife died in 1997 and he now lives quietly at home in Hunston Avenue, Quarmby.

Asked the secret of his longevity he replied: “Keeping busy.”

To celebrate his centenary his family have organised a party for 60 in Hepworth next month.


Mr Morris will be visited by an Association member on his birthday and offered complementary membership and a copy of the Griff plus an offer to attend branch functions in the future.

Harlow Police to take on RAF Police in Help for Heroes charity football match

HARLOW Police will go head-to-head with an RAF Police team in a charity football match for Help for Heroes.

The match is just one of a range of activities to be held at The Link, Parsloe Road, as part of the fun day.

PCSO Stuart Burt, who manages the police football team - Harlow LPA Football Club (formerly known as Harlow Police FC), decided to host the fundraising day in aid of Help for Heroes after being invited to play against the RAF.

Co-organiser Jen Webb’s son, who does not want to be named, is currently deployed in Afghanistan as an apache pilot in the armed forces.

“Jen already does collections for Help for Heroes and she asked if we would consider fundraising for the charity,” Stuart said.

“Normally we would focus on local causes but Help for Heroes is a fantastic charity and as the RAF got in touch with us to play a game we thought it worked well.”

The fun day will also host two junior football matches, a barbeque, bar, and music. Face painting, raffle, and a bouncy castle will also be available.

“It’s all about hosting a really good family fun day and raising money for a fantastic charity.

“The UK armed forces do a fantastic job and we are very much looking forward to the day.”

The free event is on Saturday, July 26 from 1pm

Stevenage RAF reservist among last out of Afghanistan

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Kevin Smith, 32, of Chells Way in Stevenage, is a reserve member of the RAF’s tactical police squadron.

He is coming back to the UK this month after two months of service.

The father of two, who underwent most of his training at the RAF base in Henlow, will return to his job at Glaxo Smith Kline in Ware developing medicines to treat HIV and cancer.

He said: “I have been on the squadron for just over three years now and I am proud to serve. This deployment is the culmination of months of training, hard work and preparation. I am lucky in that I have the support of my GSK management, my wife Lydia and children Samuel and Sophie.

“I have had an interest in the RAF police since I was a cadet, but my life has lead me down a different path. Joining the reserves has enabled me to experience life in the military, the challenges it creates and the rewards it delivers. I am enjoying the experience, but remain focussed on why we are here and the importance of our role. We will be amongst the last troops to leave Helmand Province and as the drawdown continues, living and working conditions will become austere. This in itself is quite exciting to me, as I relish a challenge and thrive on pressure.”



Air Cadets Experience Military Police Training

Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron joined others from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing for what has been described as an "Arresting" camp at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding at Southwick Park.

Air cadets visit Southwick Park’s mock Police station

Twenty-seven Air Cadets and staff from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing took part in a unique and extremely interesting camp at the Tri Service Police Training Centre at Southwick Park. This was the first time the establishment had ever hosted an Air Cadet camp and as such, another first for the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing.

The camps programme was varied and covered many aspects of the RAF Police Training delivered by the Southwick Park Defence School of Policing and Guarding (DSPG). The training programme also included additional visits to RAF Odiham and the Royal Military Police (RMP) Close Protection Training Unit at Longmoor. The week long camp certainly opened all our eyes to the wide variety of work undertaken by the RAF Police and RMP together with the extra opportunities to specialise after completing phase two training.

RAF Police instructor Corporal Dallinger on parade with her Air Cadet trainees

The week started with a visit to Fort Nelson (A Napoleonic Fort which overlooks Portsmouth), but to their surprise the cadets were whisked back to the American Civil war by hundreds of re-enactment volunteers who had set up both Union and Confederate camps and were practicing for a mock battle.

On their return to DSPG Southwick Park the Cadets started their Police training with some short lessons on law, (both civil and military), including when and how to conduct an arrest. The cadets then went on to witness phase two recruits undergoing Personal Safety training, effecting some extremely physical arrests against heavily padded instructors.

A lesson in arrest procedure as Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Connor Little cautions RAF Police Corporal Dallinger

The cadets also had an insight into the physical demands of Police training when they undertook the RAF fitness and swimming tests, many of them passed the required standards with some obtaining exceptionally high scores. The cadets also received some very useful IT Protective Security instruction which highlighted some of the security issues associated with using social media such as facebook etc, this really caught the attention of the cadets and reminded them of the need to ensure that their security settings are updated regularly.

The police training undertaken by the cadets also included visits to Southwick Park’s mock Police station, Court Martial suite (a mock courtroom) and an Airport Security check-in training facility complete with x-ray machines etc. The Airport Security check-in proved to be a highly amusing activity with each cadet having a go at the different aspects of the check-in process, one switched on cadet even arrested a passenger who had a revolver in his bag, then seized it and let him go through!

Air Cadets examine contents of luggage using the x-ray machine in the Southwick Park Airport Security check-in training facility

The camp also visited the RMP Close Protection Unit at Longmoor where they train service bodyguards (Who look after all VIP's abroad, from Royals downwards), and their impressive range of weapons and vehicles. The Cadets were shown some interesting unarmed combat moves and had a go themselves against rubber dummies trying to attack the VIP they were tasked to protect. Both RMP and RAF Police officers who have completed the Close Protection course are now serving all over the world in this extremely dangerous and specialist role.

In addition to their police training the cadets also had a day visit to RAF Odiham the home of the RAF’s heavy lift Chinook helicopter. Although we were not lucky enough to get a flight - the days programme was extremely interesting and we all had the chance to get close and personal with the Chinook and the various weapons and survival equipment it carries. The policing theme of the week continued during the RAF Odiham trip with a visit to the RAF Police Dog unit. Needless to say the cadets didn’t get too close to the RAF Police dogs, with forty-two teeth, even the RAF Police describe their dogs as being a weapon that’s dangerous at both ends.

Cadets visit RAF Odiham the home of the RAF’s heavy lift Chinook helicopter

Add to this a half day of fieldcraft training and a night-ex with RMP and RAF Police instructors the cadets had every day of the camp filled with action packed activities. The evenings were also enjoyable with trips out to a Bowling Ally, the Cinema and a last night party quiz with Pizza.

RMP and RAF Police instructors demonstrate section tactics during field craft training exercise.

The Air Cadet Camp Commandant, Squadron Leader Bryan Coats said, “This camp was an amazing opportunity for our cadets to experience the phase two trade training undertaken by the RMP and RAF Police. It was a full week programme, with no gaps, and I have no doubt that the cadets will have learnt a great deal and have really enjoyed the activities”.

“This was a very different camp to a normal annual camp on an RAF station. I think everyone will testify that it was a tiring week as there was so much going on, an excellent camp, one that the cadets will remember for many years to come”.

“On behalf of all the Cadets and Staff, I would like to thank the Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) together with all the other instructors and DSPG Southwick Park for all the hard work and effort they have all put into hosting this truly outstanding camp - we will not forget them. This was the first ever Air Cadet camp at the Defence School of Policing and Guarding, and hopefully as a result of the total success of this week, there may be others”.

Royal Air Force Air Cadets from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing on the first Air Cadet camp to be held at DSPG Southwick Park


Blind Veterans UK welcomed its doors to Southwick Park Royal Air Force Police trainees seeking to gain volunteering experience at its Brighton centre.

18 trainees and 3 staff members from Southwick Park RAF in Portsmouth were able to gain a unique insight into the extensive support, training and rehabilitation Blind Veterans UK offers to blind ex-Service men and women.

Tony Harbour, a 78-year-old veteran who himself served with the RAF Police branch in the 1950s, were among the veterans the group were able to meet. Having served at various UK air stations including West Kirby, Melksham, Netheravon and Duxford, Tony didn’t become a member of the Blind Veterans UK until he lost his eye sight due to age related condition, glaucoma.

Tony reflects: “It was very interesting for me to meet with some Southwick Park Royal Air Force Police Trainees and find out about how their experiences compare with mine from all those years ago.

“On the one hand there are real similarities but on the other they have a hell of a different time today. It is very important to raise awareness about Blind Veterans UK amongst the RAF Police Association, but it’s is good for them to know that, should they lose their sight one day, and their roles can be a dangerous one, they too could be eligible for Blind Veterans UK’s life-changing support”.

Rachel Chitty, our Regional Fundraiser based in Brighton, said: “The Southwick Park Royal Air Force Police trainees took a tour of the building, were shown the extensive facilities we have on offer for blind veterans and given a talk about the charity’s impressive history.

“The overwhelming feeling from the trainees was that Blind Veterans UK has such a positive impact on the blind veterans it supports. The trainees were amazed at the wide range of sporting activities available, such as the fact that we are able to offer guides to enable our blind veterans to complete challenges like marathons and triathlons.”

Southwick Park RAF Police trainees also spent time planting poppy seeds on the centre grounds as a tribute to this year’s World War One centenary anniversary.

If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or for National Service, and are now suffering with severe sight loss, request free support through our No One Alone campaign by calling 0800 389 7979.

The RAF Police rugby shirt looks like their normal uniform

The Flt Lt  Lee Walker OC Police RAF Conningsby, helping out in the floods at Hambledon Village
RAF helicopter made emergency landing in Snowdonia

Five crew members, including trainees, were onboard when the Sea King landed on a slate tip



RAF Sea King helicopter at Rachub near Bethesda on Friday after making an emergency landing on Thursday night

An RAF Sea King helicopter made a forced landing in a playing field in Snowdonia.

The search and rescue aircraft was on a training flight in the Ogwen Valley on Thursday night when it encountered a mechanical problem.

The crew made an emergency landing on a slate tip near playing fields near Rachub, Bethesda.

It was too dark for any work to be carried out and RAF police guarded the aircraft overnight.

Engineers were today waiting for a second helicopter to bring parts needed for repairs.

SAR spokesman Alfie Jones said there were five people on board which included trainees.

He said: “It landed as a safety precaution. It was getting dark. We had engineers who flew out from Valley and they brought it back tonight."

The helicopter was built in 1978 and has served at Valley since 1996.

Operated by C Flight, 22 Squadron, the Sea King is facing retirement from service next year when the RAF hand over responsibility for search and rescue to a private contractor.

Bristow Helicopters are building a new base at Caernarfon Airport for two Sikorsky S92 aircraft to carry out rescue work in the Snowdonia and off the coast.

The RAF were not available to comment on the incident.


A ROYAL Air Force sergeant who had one of the most deadly jobs in the world detecting explosives on the battlefields of Afghanistan is raising money for an injured veterans charity.

Sgt Adrian Dickson, 35, served with the RAF Police as an improvised explosive device detection dog handler, searching patrol routes in the war-torn country for Taliban-laid explosives.

During his time on the frontline between August 2012 and March 2013, Sgt Dickson saw first-hand the terrible injuries suffered by some soldiers at the hands of the homemade bombs.

Back on base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, he has decided to take part in a gruelling charity bike ride to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity which helps injured servicemen.

Starting on June 1, Sgt Dickson, from Leigh, near Wigan, but who spends time in Acton, Wrexham, with partner Deb Hughes, will cycle 335-miles from Brussels to Paris before being transported to London for the final leg along The Mall on June 8.

So far, Sgt Dickson has raised almost 100, but hopes to hit a target of 2,600.

His partner Miss Hughes, said: “I am so proud of him. This is why I wanted to help.

When we met he was in Afghanistan and he would tell me what he could about what each day was like - it sounded horrible.”

Miss Hughes, a studio recording and performance technology graduate from Glyndwr University, teamed up with fellow graduate Kev Williams for a charity band night to support Help for Heroes.

The event, to be held at the Wynnstay Arms hotel in Ruabon, will include live bands, a disco and a charity prize raffle.

Help for Heroes supports people who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses serving in the armed forces.

Tickets for the music night event on February 22 are available from Miss Hughes, costing 3, on 07749113525.

For more information and to donate visit www.bmycharity.com/adriandickson.





A superb Northern Ireland, Jubilee 1977, and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Second Award Bar group awarded to Warrant Officer T.N. Snoddy, Royal Air Force, who served with the RAF Police, and was awarded the Air Officer Commanding in Chief's Commendation in June 1978.

A superb Northern Ireland, Jubilee 1977, and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Second Award Bar group awarded to Warrant Officer T.N. Snoddy, Royal Air Force, who served with the RAF Police, and was awarded the Air Officer Commanding in Chief's Commendation in June 1978.

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A superb Northern Ireland, Jubilee 1977, and Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Second Award Bar group awarded to Warrant Officer T.N. Snoddy, Royal Air Force, who served with the RAF Police, and was awarded the Air Officer Commanding in Chief's Commendation in June 1978.


Group of 3: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Northern Ireland; (FS T N SNODDY (N4079950) RAF); Jubilee Medal 1977; Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust, swivel suspension, with Second Award Bar; (M4079950 CPL T N SNODDY RAF), mounted court style as worn.


Condition: Good Very Fine.


Thomas Noel Snoddy was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland on 8th December 1932, and enlisted into the Royal Air Force as an Air Craftsman 2nd Class (No.4079950) on 27th October 1951, being promoted to Air Craftsman 1st Class on 4th May 1952, he was stationed at Cardington from November 1952, followed by the RAF Police Depot at Netheravon from January 1953, and at Uxbridge from October 1953; and Aldergrove from December 1953.


Snoddy had been promoted to Leading Air Craftsman (Acting Corporal) on 6th October 1953; to Senior Air Craftsman on 15th June 1955; to Acting Corporal Police on 17th August 1955; and to Sub Corporal on 1st October 1955. Snoddy was posted to the 3rd Police District on 19th March 1956.


Posted to RAF Wildenrath in Germany in September 1963, followed by RAF Mount Batten in September 1966, RAF Muharraq on 19th June 1967; No.5 Police District from July 1968; P&SS South Region from October 1968; No.11 Police District in Germany from March 1970, and to HQP&SS (G) Detachment G"Sloh from June 1970. Snoddy was awarded his Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, on 27th October 1970.


Snoddy was posted to RAF Northolt from March 1973; followed by P&SS South Region from October 1973; being promoted to Sergeant on 15th October 1973. Snoddy was posted to HQ P&SS at Gibraltar from December 1975, followed by a posting to HQP&SS in the United Kingdom at Rud Manor from June 1978. Snoddy is confirmed as having been awarded the Jubilee Medal 1977.


On 8th June 1978, Snoddy was awarded the Air Officer Commanding in Chief's Commendation, and was promoted to Flight Sergeant on 22nd October 1979, being posted to RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland from 23rd September 1980, he qualified for his Campaign Service Medal 1962, with clasp Northern Ireland on 24th October 1980, and remained on duty at Aldergrove through to July 1985, when he was posted to RAF Bishops Court, also in Northern Ireland. Promoted to Warrant Officer on 15th July 1985, he was awarded the Second Award Bar to his Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 27th October 1985. Sadly Snoddy died whilst still in service on 3rd September 1986.

Childhood dream becomes reality

RAF Reservist Chris Ward on realising his military passion


RAF Reservist Chris Ward
RAF Reservist Chris Ward



LIKE many schoolboys who join the Air Cadets, Chris Ward dreamed of being a pilot.

But when he grew up he went on to be something quite different – an actuary, working as an investment consultant for pension schemes.

However, Chris, 32, never forgot his ambition to join the RAF, so in 2005 he joined the Reserves and went into the RAF Police.

Since then he has had as much adventure and travel as he could wish for, not to mention invaluable training.

Chris, from Welwyn Garden City, Herts, said: “The RAF is fantastic and a complete contrast to my everyday life and the bonus is many of the skills transfer over, particularly in organisation and communication.

“I have gained massively in confidence in dealing with senior colleagues and difficult situations. My bosses recognise how effective the RAF training has been.”

Chris has been mobilised twice – once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He has also gone on two-week RAF camps abroad to Cyprus, Oman, America and Gibraltar.

Chris counts his four months in Iraq as a high spot – despite the fact the camp came under attack daily. He said: “At the base in Basra there were between ten and 20 rocket attacks every day.

The siren would go off and we’d throw ourselves on the ground until the all-clear. It was tough, but we got used to living like that and I really enjoyed the work. I was on air transport security for military flights from the UK and was also flying to Kuwait and all around Iraq.


“I got a medal for that tour. Before, I was indifferent to medals but after Iraq I felt I really deserved it.

“I got another for the six months I spent in Afghanistan, dealing with suspected terrorists and improvised explosive devices, and another for my work at the Queen’s Jubilee last year. I’m proud of them, they are an important recognition of my work.

“I enjoy my day job, but I love having my RAF training weekends and my other life to look forward to as well.”


Nomination for The Sun - Military Rewards

Warrant Officer PHIL RODD


WARRANT Officer Phil Rodd joined the RAF Police in 1985 – and has completed an incredible 27 years’ service, racking up TEN overseas tours.

The dedicated airman, now aged 51, joined at 23 – quitting his job as a butcher to pursue the dream of becoming an RAF dog handler.



Phil Rodd
Phil Rodd ... ten overseas tours


Phil, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts, has since served across the globe as a military policeman and as an expert dog handler.

He started in 1982 in Northern Ireland as a drug, arms and explosives search handler.

He then went on to serve in the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo, plus three times in Iraq and three times in Afghanistan.

His tours in Helmand included frontline operations alongside his faithful hound Monty, with 3 Para coming under fire.

Phil said: “The dogs provide therapy for the troops just by being there.

“And they provided therapy to me on the tour. They are part of the team, and Monty performed admirably.

“We were saving lives – nothing beats that.”

Now Phil is training the next generation of RAF officers and in the coming years his career will end.

He said: “I am military through and through. Cut me in two and I’m RAF Police. I have enjoyed every minute.

“There have been highs and lows but the best highs have come when I have known I am doing something for the good of others.”

On being nominated for a Millie, he said: “I was shocked at first, but then I was humbled that someone would take the time to nominate me.

“I’ve watched the Millies and I know it is a prestigious award.

“To be nominated is humbling.”

Reconstruction of drink drive smash mocked-up for RAF personnel

Drink drive crash scenario during Road Safety Week Drink drive crash scenario during Road Safety Week

A SHOCKING drink drive accident scenario has made up part of an event for RAF personnel for a Road Safety Week.

RAF Leeming hosted the week of presentations and training sessions, which included thought-provoking presentations from people whose lives have been changed by road accidents, a driving competition, free winter car checks and the opportunity to drive in a skid car.

The North Yorkshire Station has won the RAF’s Road Safety Rose Bowl several times for its road safety ethic and initiative in presenting issues to personnel.

Flashing police lights and an ambulance on the scene of a fictitious incident outside the main Station Headquarters were designed to get personnel thinking about the possible repercussions of their actions if they decide to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

The scenario was put together with the help of the station medical centre staff and RAF Police, and was so realistic that passers-by stopped to ask if they could help.

Flight Sergeant Hazel Prestwood, one of the co-ordinators of the week’s events, said: “Some of the presentations have been pretty hard hitting, and the response from the people who have seen them has been really good.

“We have covered a wide range of topics including cycle awareness – which is obviously very big news in London and the moment and drink driving.

“We are really trying to get younger drivers to think about their actions the day after they’ve been out on the beer.”

Road Safety Week is now over but personnel at RAF Leeming will continue to push the message with a focus on the dangers of drink driving in the weeks running up to Christmas.

Police officers send presents to military colleagues in Afghanistan

By Leicester Mercury | Posted: November 23, 2013

By alan thompson

  • initiative: Alan "Gunner" Morris began the collections

  • presents: Pc Simon O'Connell, left, Flying Officer Rebekah Harrison, Col Pat Cairns and Sir Clive Loader with some gifts

  • Kind-hearted Leicestershire police officers have filled shoe boxes full of goodies to send to their military colleagues serving on the frontline in Afghanistan.

The 120 boxes containing daily essentials such as toothpaste, aftershave and other toiletries will arrive in Helmand Province in time for Christmas.

Many also contain puzzle books, magazines, sweets and stationery.

They will be received by Royal Military Police and RAF Police officers serving on the front line at Camp Bastion and in Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).

The collections were begun seven years ago by retired reservist military police officer and now retired Leicestershire Police officer Alan "Gunner" Morris.

The tradition is now being carried on by Pc Simon O'Connell, who worked with PC Morris and has organised the shoe box donations this year.

He said: "The idea is to send some gifts to Royal Military Police officers serving on the frontline in Afghanistan. Officers and staff of Leicestershire Police and staff in the Police and Crime Commissioner's office have filled 120 boxes to be sent this year.

"They will go to RMP officers serving in a variety of roles in Helmand."

Colonel Pat Cairns, Deputy Chief Officer of the RMP, received some of the boxes at Leicestershire Police headquarters yesterday from Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader.

Col Cairns said: "I was in Afghanistan two Christmases ago and, from my perspective, it is always difficult being away from family, particularly at that time of year. The officers are involved in defensive, investigative and close protection duties on a six-month tour.

"The delivery of boxes like these helps boost morale because their contents are a surprise.

"They contain lots of useful stuff and, most importantly, to know that somebody from the policing community you have never met or may never meet is thinking of you is a great boost for morale."

Pc Rebekah Harrison, who is also a Flying Officer with 1188 Coalville Squadron of the Air Training Corps, which has sent more than 150 shoe boxes to RMP officers since 2006, said: "It's important they know people are thinking of them while they're serving over there.

"In 2009, we were visited by a soldier who had been serving in Afghanistan who received one of the shoe boxes we sent.

"He was very emotional because it had meant so much to him while he was away from his young family at Christmas."

Sir Clive Loader said: "It's really good that police officers who are putting themselves in harm's way are recognised by their police colleagues here at home."

Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Police-officers-send-presents-military-colleagues/story-20167056-detail/story.html#ixzz2leqQz57U


Afghan tour soldier to return Bible

Corporal David Coles is to return his grandfather's Second World War Bible to him after carrying it in his body armour during a tour of Afghanistan (MoD/PA)

29 October 2013

A soldier is to return his grandfather's Second World War Bible to him after carrying it in his body armour during a six-month tour of Afghanistan.

Corporal David Coles, of the Royal Military Police, arrived safely home in Cambridge with his "treasured possession", which he will hand back to 95-year-old Alfred Henry Collins, who was given it in 1941 after joining the RAF Police.

Cpl Coles, 31, who normally works for 156 Provost Company, Military Police, in Colchester, Essex, said: "My grandfather has a strong faith and wanted me to take his service Bible with him.

"I have kept excellent care of it, because it's a treasured possession of his.

"It's been in my body armour, in a special pouch in my day sack. I've tried not to carry it too much to avoid damaging or losing it."

The Bible was blessed at one of the chapels in Camp Bastion during his tour of Helmand Province.

Cpl Coles added: "It will mean a tremendous amount for my grandfather to know that his Bible was with me for the length of my time away and to know that it was blessed by an RAF padre here.

"He and my grandmother were married for 68 years and have been a huge part of my life."

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British serviceman took photographs of his own killers

Picture taken by British serviceman shows two Afghan policemen moments before they opened fire and killed him

The Afghan policemen who killed the two British servicemen
The Afghan policemen who killed the two British servicemen had been posing for pictures with their international collegues and exchanging their rifles just minutes before the shooting. The court was shown copies of the photographs with the ill-fated soldiers holding the Afghan's AK47s and one of the Afghans holding a British SA80. Photo: INS

A British serviceman took a photograph of two rogue Afghan policemen moments before they shot him and a comrade dead, an inquest heard.

Cpl Brent McCarthy, 25, had been posing for pictures with his supposed allies moments before he was shot dead alongside L/Cpl Lee Davies, 27.

The inquest at Oxfordshire Coroners Court was shown several photographs including one of Cpl McCarthy, of the Royal Air Force, with one of the policemen each holding the other weapon, and another taken from his camera showing both Afghans posing for the camera with their own AK47 rifles.

Moments after the photograph was taken, the Afghan policemen opened fire in one of a wave of attacks by rogue Afghan security forces to strike British forces last year.

Corporal Brent McCarthy and Lance Corporal Lee Davies were shot dead (MoD/PA)

The soldiers killed in the attack had been part of an eight-man British Army patrol, with an interpreter, advising and training the Afghans at a nearby base run by local forces.

The patrol had gone to the base so British officers could meet local police officials, with Cpl McCarthy - an RAF policeman - acting as a specialist adviser.

However, a short while after the patrol arrived, there was a burst of gunfire which left both servicemen, including L/Cpl Davies, of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, fatally injured.

The two suspected killers, dressed in police uniforms, were seen dashing out the base's main gate and across fields by another British soldier who managed to get a shot off at one of them.

Guardsman Joshua Foley, of the Welsh Guards, said the training group had "a good relationship" with the Afghans but that at some point a new local police unit had moved into the base and there were several unfamiliar faces when they had arrived that afternoon.

He said his unit had been trained to pick up on warning signs - "atmospherics" - to help pre-empt any possible attacks by Afghan security forces, which are known in the Army as a green on blue incident.

However, asked by the coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter if he was aware of any heightened risk prior to the patrol setting out he said he was not, adding "the atmospherics were fine".

As he was stood with L/Cpl Davies and Cpl McCarthy, two Afghan policemen passed them near the main entrance to the base and there was an attempt by the British soldiers to strike up some "banter".

"We tried to have a laugh with them but they didn't seem to get it," Guardsman Foley told the coroner.

However, the soldiers then produced a camera and the Afghans agreed to have some photos taken, including with Cpl McCarthy and Guardsman Foley.

Guardsman Foley then described how L/Cpl Davies said to his fellow soldiers that one of the Afghans appeared to have a wet patch between his legs.

"He said 'look, he's pissed himself, he's scared of you'," said Guardsman Foley.

Asked by the coroner if he thought either of the Afghans heard the comment, Guardsman Foley said he did not believe they had and pointed out they seemed to understand very little, if any, English.

He then left L/Cpl Davies and Cpl McCarthy with the policemen to take up duty in one of the base's two guard towers.

"I heard a rapid burst of shots, and as I looked I saw the two Afghan police holding their weapons and L/Cpl Davies was lying back," said Guardsman Foley.

"I did not see the Afghan police fire any shots but they both ran out of the main entrance."

Mr Salter asked: "You saw the two before and then immediately after the shots, were you able to see if it was the same two?"

Guardsman Foley replied: "Yes, it was them."

The two injured soldiers were quickly evacuated, but both men were later pronounced dead.

Sporting sucess: Cpl J. Brice of the RAF Police, at RAF High Wycombe is pictured on his motocross bike. He races under the RAF banner across the UK

RAF veterans raise 1,000 for brain tumour research

By Nottingham Post | Posted: October 21, 2013

By Rachel Gorman

A GROUP of Royal Air Force veterans have raised money to aid research into children's brain tumours for the sixth year running.

The East Midlands branch of the Royal Air Force Police Association has raised 1,000 every year since 2008 for the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham.

Members of the association will present the cheque to Emma Pearson of centre on Saturday, November 9, at the Royal British Legion Club, in Radcliffe.

RAF Police Association secretary Trevor Evans, 75, said: "It's such worthwhile cause; we hope to be able to continue to support them for many years to come."

Mr Evans, who served in the RAF police between 1956-1978, has been posted all over the world to destinations including Cyprus and Germany.

He said: "Every year the research centre invites us down to say thank you and keep us informed on new developments. They really are a great organisation and we are pleased to raise money for them."

The East Midlands branch of the association has 133 members.

The money is partly raised through an annual reunion at South View Park Hotel in Skegness. Held over the first weekend in November, the black-tie dinner and attracts some of the 1,300 members nationwide.

Mr Evans said: "We normally end up taking over the whole hotel and end up raising more than 400."

The association also holds an annual jumble sale. This year's event, in August, raised 400.

The Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre is based at the University of Nottingham and charitable donations go towards the latest cutting edge equipment and employing experts in the field.

Development officer Emma Pearson said: "Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of people aged 40 years and under in the UK yet only two per cent of all the money spent on cancer research makes its way into the research of brain and spinal tumours.

"The centre relies on donations to enable the team to pioneer new treatments to tackle this devastating disease. We are sincerely grateful to have the continued and` much-valued support of our friends at the RAF Police Association."

Over the past five years the association has raised a total of 6,350 for the charity. They will also present a cheque for 100 to the Royal British Legion Club at the event.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/RAF-veterans-raise-pound-1-000-brain-tumour/story-19964086-detail/story.html#!#ixzz2iLKfIC9Y

Cornishman leading new Camp Bastion battle school

Thursday, October 17, 2013

By Lucy Bogustawski

in Camp Bastion

The first battle school that trains Afghan "warriors" to become effective and professional soldiers has been launched in Afghanistan.

  1. ?Afghan  soldiers are trained by 4 Rifles Sergeant Adrian Clarke, from Gloucester (right),  on 60mm mortar  at ANA Camp Shorabak.    Below left, Wing Commander James Penelhum, RAF Police, officer in command   Pictures: Ben Birchall

    Afghan soldiers are trained by 4 Rifles Sergeant Adrian Clarke, from Gloucester (right), on 60mm mortar at ANA Camp Shorabak. Below left, Wing Commander James Penelhum, RAF Police, officer in command Pictures: Ben Birchall

The Regional Corps Battle School (RCBS) will work out of the Afghan National Army's (ANA) Camp Shorabak, located within Camp Bastion, to offer training in key skills for approximately 2,700 Afghan soldiers per year.

And it is all being spearheaded by a Wing Commander who hails from Cornwall.

The school is the first to be launched in the country and the aim is to offer "sustainability" once International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) troops withdraw in coming years, a senior British military officer said.

It is hoped that other regional headquarters in Afghanistan will use the programme that gives trainees lessons in conventional ground combat individual skills and combat service support.

Wing Commander James Penelhum, RAF Police, officer in command of RCBS Battle Team, said the intention was to build, enhance, and sustain the combat effectiveness of the ANA, not least by using "Train the trainer mechanisms".

"The hope for the future is that we do truly deliver a sustainable training institution here, that the Afghans do make the investment, they provide the instructors to be developed by us so that we can hand off something that is delivered to Afghan soldiers by Afghan soldiers," he said.

"Bigger than that, this Corps Battle School here at the 215 Corps is seen as a proof of concept for the rest of the country, so this is very much the first Regional Corps Battle School.

"Over the next couple of months we're receiving a lot of visits from other regional headquarters and also Afghan officers from various other corps as well to come and look at it and see how this Regional Corps Battle School has been set up, identify any lessons, and see how they can actually replicate what we've done in other areas of the country," added Wing Cdr Penelhum, from Bodmin.

Afghan soldiers at Camp Shorabak were seen being prepped and trained in using M16 guns by both British and American officers earlier this week, which is just one aspect of the programme.

The RCBS will be manned by a staff of around 100 ANA personnel, assisted by an Isaf adviser team consisting of UK Army, US Marines, US civilian contractors, and interpreters.

The school was set up around six months ago when shortfalls were identified in the local corps' training.

The RCBS will deliver seven infantry courses and 10 combat service support courses to basic warrior training (BTT) graduates, so that soldiers will arrive at the fielded force with specialist training.

This consists of schooling in reconnaissance, heavy machine guns, mortars and anti-tank weapons on the infantry side.

Subjects such as driving, vehicle and generator maintenance, and even food services are offered in the combat services support course.

The six to eight-week courses begin with two weeks of literacy training, which is important for both operational effectiveness in terms of reading manuals, and also in terms of retention of ANA soldiers as it is hoped it is something that will encourage them to stay in the army.

In January, the RCBS will commence block two training by addressing the need for annual collective training for the fielded force.

A total of 12 advanced courses will run six times a year and train the top students from each programme in advanced infantry skills via "Train the Trainer", meaning soldiers can carry out their own training.

Wing Cdr Penelhum, 46, added: "Obviously the key is sustainability here.

"It's only part of the picture here. If we roll out the training while the American and the British forces are here, the key to sustainability is ensuring the Afghans have sufficient instructors in place to conduct the training themselves."


Scarlet Thunder tests RAF Police reservists

18 September 2013


Reserves from a Royal Auxiliary Air Force Police squadron have joined Army colleagues in a challenging exercise designed to prepare UK forces for future contingency operations.

Dubbed Scarlet Thunder, the 15-day exercise saw 15 members of the RAF Police Reserves join 140 colleagues from the British Army, Army Reserve, Military Provost Service and US Army National Guard in a deployment to a fictitious country facing civil disorder and a growing insurgency.

The dense woodland, disused bunkers and derelict buildings of Swynnerton Training Area in Staffordshire lent itself perfectly to the exercise, difficult terrain in which the police sought to bring order to a country in chaos.

Officer Commanding 3 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Tactical Police Squadron (3 TPS), RAuxAF, Squadron Leader Jim KirkbrideOfficer Commanding 3 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Tactical Police Squadron (3 TPS), RAuxAF, Squadron Leader Jim Kirkbride said: "We're looking to the future post-Afghanistan. We don't know what the future holds and so have to prepare to deploy on a wide range of operations. This exercise is about a return to military policing on contingency operations."

Based at RAF Henlow, 3 TPS works closely with the regular RAF Police as Sqn Ldr Kirkbride explained: "Our role is to support 1 TPS, the regular tactical police squadron and wider RAF Police force.

"At the moment we have personnel providing security at Camp Bastion, others supporting RAF Police on stations and others who regularly deploy on aircraft to provide passenger screening and aircraft security. As OC I am very conscious of the need to provide interesting, challenging and relevant training to my reservists. This exercise, which has also involved adventurous training and a firing range package, has delivered in spades."

Following mobilisation at Aldershot the Police were rapidly inserted by Chinook to Swynnerton where they were divided into three groups. Each group then went onto a series of 48 hour exercises playing the roles of a civilian population, troops billeted in a local village and support troops at a larger camp. By running the same exercise three times each person was able to see it from the perspective of the various elements.

For Acting Corporal Kevin Smith, who has been a reservist for three years, the two-week exercise was a far cry from his civilian job developing new medicines for HIV and cancer treatment. He said: "We've been under attack from insurgents, been challenged by civilians, gone on patrol and last night it culminated in an arrest operation to detain insurgent leaders.

"This has been an infantry based exercise which I hadn't done before. There's a range of different skills sets and backgrounds here which has led to the formation of a strong team. Learning how the Army and other agencies taking part operate and their approaches to solving problems has been very valuable."

He added: "When we develop medicines we often work to tight deadlines. This exercise has at times been very demanding but dealing with that pressure is something I thrive on. A policing role requires the ability to adapt and overcome challenging situations; these were represented well across the exercise”.

Corporals Lisa Jones and Jason Finnegan were relishing the training.

Manning a checkpoint close to a rear operations bunker, Corporals Lisa Jones and Jason Finnegan were relishing the training. Cpl Jones, who works in accounts for Aldi, has been a reservist for five years. She said: "It's been a refreshing change, physically challenging and personally I've learned a great deal about fire and manoeuvre and section attacks.”

For 3 TPS Warrant Officer Phill RoddFor 3 TPS Warrant Officer Phill Rodd, the exercise provided real benefit. He said: "It's refreshing to see people from all walks of life put 100% in and to see the benefits of their putting their civilian skills to work in a military environment. The manner in which reservists step out of civvie street and switch to the military way of life so effectively demonstrates the value reservists add to the RAF as a whole."

His view was echoed by Army Major Bolwell of 4 Royal Military Police Regiment who invited the RAF Reservists to join their annual deployment exercise the exercise: "I've been really impressed with the RAF presence who have fully integrated. This exercise has shown that we can work together very effectively."

RAF Reserves policing capacity is currently increasing as part of the wider expansion of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force with the re-configuration of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn from RAF Regiment to RAF Police.

Editor: Sqn Ldr Dylan Eklund

Images: FS Andy Carnall

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Hanged military policewoman Anne-Marie Ellement case will be investigated again, says MoD

The RAF police, assisted by a civilian force, will look again at the case involving Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, who claimed she was raped by colleagues
A fresh investigation will be held into rape allegations made against two military policemen by a colleague who was later found hanged, the MoD said yesterday.
The RAF police, assisted by a civilian force, will look again at the case involving Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement, 30.
She alleged the men raped her when she was drunk.
The Royal Military Police looked at the claim but prosecutors decided not to bring charges.
Her sister Sharon Hardy, 44, said: “Anne-Marie tried to seek justice on her own but sadly she never accomplished that and instead ended up taking her own life.
"Since Anne-Marie’s death we’ve learned of very serious failings within the original investigation.
“The lack of independent, properly trained staff and common sense made for a failed inquiry which left our family let down.
“We’re delighted the MoD agreed to a fresh investigation.
"We have confidence in the newly appointed police forces.”
The MoD said: “Our thoughts remain with Anne-Marie’s family.”
Cpl Ellement, from Bournemouth, was found hanged at Bulford Camp, Wilts, in 2011.
An inquest recorded a verdict of suicide but a fresh hearing will be held in February

RAF Leeming's Friends and Families Day 28/7/13

Armed Forces Day
Published on 10/06/2013 10:06

THE course manager in specialist search dog training at the Defence Animal Centre (DAC) will raise Melton’s flag on national Armed Forces Day.


Sgt Steve Hancox, who is also a member of the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team and is originally from Durham, will hoist the flag outside the council’s Parkside offices, in Burton Street, on Monday, June 24.

The flag flying ceremony will start at 10.40am and members of the public are being urged to go along and show their support for the event.

Military organisations will be represented and will include dogs and horses from the DAC, as well as members of Melton’s Royal British Legion.

Guests will be formally welcomed by the mayor, Councillor Marilyn Gordon, followed by a short service and blessing of the flag by rector of St Mary’s Church the reverend Kevin Ashby.

The flag will be raised at 11am to honour the British Armed Forces, past, present and future.

Mrs Gordon said: “Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for everyone to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.”

RAF veterans handed decoration at Cosford parade

More than 100 National Service RAF veterans turned out for an annual parade in Shropshire to honour their contribution as well as give them a chance to meet old friends.

Four veterans of the Bomber Command were also in attendance at RAF Cosford Museum to be presented with a new clasp which was introduced by the Government in February, following a review of military decorations.

Those who went along took part in a parade march led by the RAF Central Band in front of the chief of the air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton who told the crowd that the Queen had also passed on her best wishes for the event.

Among those to collect the Bomber Command Clasp was Donald Fraser from Whitchurch.

The 89-year-old former warrant officer was a flight engineer with the 101 Squadron.

He took part in more than 30 operations and the main role of his squadron was intercepting German transmissions between aircraft and the ground.

His squadron had the highest loss of life of any in Bomber Command.

The father-of-one, who went on to work in forestry, said of his time with the RAF: “It was the best days of our lives.”

And he added that it was important that events such as the one at Cosford continued to be held: “It is something that must be continued with young people getting involved.”

He said he would treasure his new clasp but like many veterans would have preferred the Government to honour them with a medal.

The other veterans honoured with the Bomber Command Clasp were former flight engineer Win Jones, aged 87, from North Wales, who served with 218 Squadron whose first operation was in February 1945, 89-year-old rear gunner Harry Irons from Romford in Essex who took part in more than 50 operations with the 9 and 158 squadrons and gunner Stan Bradford, 89 from Oxfordshire, who served with 57 Squadron.

He flew on 14 attacks to Berlin and his last operation was to Nuremberg in March 1944 on a disastrous night for the RAF when 700 men lost their lives.

Among the National Service veterans in attendance was Trevor Marklew, 74, from Tettenhall in Wolverhampton, John Brooks, 75, from Wall Heath and Peter Cook, 75, from Kingswinford. All served with the RAF police.

Mr Cook, from Granville Drive, who served between 1955 and 1959 and was at Christmas Island said: “I think people should remember. There are a lot of men here who were not in active service but were there when needed.”

Mr Marklew, from Henwood Road, who was a dog handler between 1960 and 1962 added: “It is nice to meet up with your old comrades, it brings back memories.”

Mr Brooks, from Cross Street, was also a dog handler between 1956 and 1960.

Michael Brice, from Pendeford, is the secretary of the Cosford branch of the National Service Association.

He was a safety and surface equipment engineer between 1954 and 1958.

The 76-year-old said he enjoyed attending the event and added: “It is the camaraderie really, you do not get that today.

“We all had to go in whether we liked it or not.”

There was entertainment at the event from the D-Day Darlings singers as well as a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota flight


Red Caps receive Afghanistan operational medals

RECENTLY RETURNED: Members of 150 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police, marching through Richmond.RECENTLY RETURNED: Members of 150 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police, marching through Richmond.

MORE than 100 soldiers exercised their honorary right to march through a North Yorkshire town as its Freemen, after returning from a gruelling tour in Afghanistan.

The 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.

While stationed there, the troops were under the command of the 4th Mechanized Brigade, the lead formation of the task force.

Today (Thursday, May 9), the troops, who are all members of 150 Provost Company, marched through Richmond as 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.

After the parade, the soldiers were presented with their Afghanistan operational medals at Richmond Castle by the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Stuart Parsons.

Other 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 Police.

RAF Marham and RAF Honington troops prepare for Afghanistan deployment

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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 month.

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 tours.

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 time.

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 good thing.

“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 practice.

“I am nervous as well and am going to miss my family.”

For more photos, go to this story online at www.edp24.co.uk.


Right Time Right Place

26 February 2013

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.

Corporal Lisowski and Flight Sergeant Thay by RAF police car

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 shy!”

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 condition was.”

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 recovery.”

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 car.

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Vehicle search in Afghanistan

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 into Mali.

RAF Police ATSy - same operation

From The Heart: Heart transplant is a 'gift of life' to those in despair

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 problem.

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.

– Alex Smith

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 Intelligence Branch.

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 forward.

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 Survival Training.

RAF Police (Cpl Abigail Hinton – Cpl Mark Lowman),  meet Chief of the Air Staff in front of new Trebelzue Training Area.

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 Area.

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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 year.

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 gone to.

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, Afghanistan.



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.

RAF Police and the Queens Royal Lancers out on a walking Patrol on the outskirts of Camp Bastion, Afghanistan



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 base.



Squadron Leader Max Kroyer, Officer Commanding 15 Squadron RAF Regiment said:



“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.”

15 Sqn RAF Regiment on Patrol in Afghanistan during OP HERRICK 17.



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 Squadron said:


“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 HERRICK 17.

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