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18/3/22

Flying Officer Rhi Wallace, OC RAF Police and Security Flight at RAF Waddington, deployed to Sicily in February on Exercise Dynamic Manta 22.
The major NATO anti-submarine exercise was the first time RAF Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft had operated from an overseas location, a significant milestone for the Poseidon Force.
“My role as the Detachment Security Officer at Naval Air Station Sigonella was to provide protective security, advice and assurances to the Detachment Commander” said Fg Off Wallace. “This included close liaison with the Italian Military Police and US Naval Criminal Investigative Service.”
“No.5 RAF Police (ISTAR) Squadron provides security for all ISTAR platforms and it’s been fantastic to work with Poseidon for the first time and on its overseas operational debut.”


11/2/22

Cpl Chris Mclean's day job is managing Station security, protecting both the physical and information assets. He has recently been deployed as part of Op RESCRIPT, aiding civilian authorities. His team have been delivering Covid 19 vaccinations in the Essex area   
Cpl Mclean said ‘’I have met many interesting people while doing this and have really enjoyed the work. Everyone has been very appreciative to have us helping and I am glad to have been part of the vaccination effort. There’s plenty of vaccine waiting and friendly people, who like myself, are standing by for you so if you are eligible, get yourself down to your local vaccination centre for your Covid Vaccines and help do your part to keep everyone safe’’
You may recognise Cpl Mclean from the UK Military Working Dog Trials   where he was victorious in 2019 and 2020 with MWD Saiid!



4/2/22

update to a story on the 25/9/20 below


Second World War airmen laid to rest with dignity at last

The bodies of two Second World War airmen killed when their plane crashed during a secret mission over North Yorkshire have been returned to their families and given a full military burial after a two-year investigation by North Yorkshire Police.
Pilot Officer Alfred Milne, 22 from Mitcham, Surrey and his navigator, Warrant Officer Eric Stubbs, 22, from Guildford, died on Oct 11 1944 when their plane came down. Det Insp Carol Kirk, the senior investigating officer, said: “At the beginning of this investigation, I don’t think any of us thought we’d be able to identify who the remains belonged to, let alone return them to their families and be given military burials with the dignity and respect that they deserved.”
In 2020 police found the airmen’s human remains on land owned by Kenneth Ward, 74, a convicted stalker who was jailed for five years in 2011 for indecent exposure and weapons offences after police found a huge haul of items, including a loaded Luger pistol and the cockpit of a fighter plane with a working machine gun on his farm.

17/12/21

Andy Davies has reported that
“The 192 Members of the Blood Bikes Emergency Service in the West of England  were recently awarded a service medal, the first time in the UK that a medal has been issued to members of a Blood Bike Service.
HM’s representative representative for Bristol; The Lord-Lt, Mrs Peaches Golding OBE, CStJ, who is also a Royal Naval Officer, presented the medals along with Air Vice Marshall Martin Clark and senior officers from the Police, Fire and Ambulance Emergency Services who all fully supported the presentations and awards.
International Motorcycle Distributer ‘Fowlers Motorcycles’ sponsored and hosted the awards ceremony.
The medal and certificates were a combination in recognition of thirty years since the group was founded and National Blood Bike Day as well as celebrating the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.
Despite being charities and run exclusively by volunteers, Blood Bikes are now recognised as official emergency service vehicles and form an integral part of NHS front line services.”
Many of the association members are Blood Bikes riders and so to them and the rest of the Blood Bikes Service riders we send our congratulations and thank you for such an important role they fill for the National Health Service."



10/12/21

At 1200 On 10 December 2021, Gp Capt Wilkinson hands over to Gp Capt Foster-Jones who takes up the position of Provost Marshal (RAF) and Deputy Force Protection Force Commander. Gp Capt Foster-Jones has said
“Being in Command is always a privilege and I am very much looking forward to playing my part in leading the forces that are delivering vital operational support to the RAF and wider Defence 365 days a year. To also hold the formal appointment of Provost Marshal (RAF), after 25 years’ service in the RAF Police, is a privilege that both humbles and excites me in equal measures. As the RAF adapts rapidly in the face of new threats and challenges, this is a time of significant opportunity for the FP Force and I very much look forward to being part of the senior team supporting this work.”




15/11/21

RAF Police Cpl Morley who has recently completed his Phase 2 Training and is currently deployed in support of Op ESCALIN.
Op ESCALIN see’s Armed Forces personnel providing temporary support as the governments wider action to further relieve the pressure on stations.


15/11/21

U.S. Space Command
 
US SPACECOM welcomes our first U.K. Space Command liaison officer, Royal Air Force Wing Commander Toby Steward, to Peterson-Schriever Garrison!
He is a Provost officer and United States Space Force-educated space professional who will work to further develop the strong relationship between the United States and United Kingdom space commands.




20/10/21


A country and western musician was forced to undergo emergency surgery after a cancerous tumour broke his jaw.

Stan Matthews, 79, had been referred to Aintree Hospital at the start of 2020 after developing a 'golf ball sized' tumour on his neck.

After a referral to the Maxillofacial unit he was told he would need surgery as the cancer had gone into the bone.

However, before the ex-RAF police officer's operation could take place, the tumour broke his jaw and he was forced to undergo emergency surgery.

The 79-year-old underwent a 14-hour operation to remove the tumour and to repair his shattered jaw.

He was operated on by consultant maxillofacial surgeon Professor Simon Rogers, who removed a piece of bone from Stan's leg, reshaped it, and used it to replace the broken bone in his jaw.

Originally from Manchester, Stan picked up the bass guitar aged 14 and went on to learn his trade in working men's clubs.

During his career in the RAF, he played in many bands all over the world before finishing his military service in 1971.

He continued to tour air bases as an entertainer and musician before working in Liverpool at Tiffany's nightclub, with a band called Sunset Boulevard in the 1970s.

Stan has lived in Liverpool ever since and said he now feels like an adopted Liverpudlian.

To thank those who cared for him at Liverpool University Hospitals, Stan and his band, the Chelwood County Country Music Band, are hosting a country music charity night with proceeds from ticket sales and a raffle going directly to the Liverpool Trust.

Stan said: "Professor Rogers did a world class job. I was then looked after in the Sefton Suite at Aintree for ten days until I was fit enough to go home.
"I cannot thank the doctors and nurses at Aintree enough and felt I had to give something in return.

"As I am a musician and run a band, I spoke to the other members and we decided to host a concert to raise money for the Trust."

Chelwood County Country Music Band will be hosting their country music charity night on November 27, at the Metal Box Sports and Social Club in Speke Boulevard, with tickets costing £5.

If you would like to attend, tickets can be purchased by texting COUNTRY to 07919234289 or contact fundraising@liverpoolft.nhs.uk

Stan added: "I wanted it to be a way of giving back to the staff who saved my life.

"Proceeds will be split between the Head and Neck Centre at Aintree Hospital, and the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital fund.

"It’s sure to be a brilliant evening, as alongside the live music, included on the night is a country dance demonstration, raffle and competition for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl.

"I really hope that we can raise as much money as possible after a really challenging period for our brilliant NHS staff."

9/10/21

Congratulations to our colleague Amy Cokayne on being selected for the England Rugby team for the autumn internationals.