EDITOR’S FOREWORD (ISSUE 2 2013)
They say you should never start with an apology; I have two. First apology from me and the publishers for the light matte look of the last magazine. This wasn’t a new style but a genuine print error. However, it is worth noting that OnetoOne makes use of recycled paper and therefore will not have the high gloss look of some other station magazines. My second apology is for the vast array of articles in this issue that will keep you interested from start to finish so ensure you’re not in a rush – I know many of you will end up cursing that you’re now late for that vital appointment!
In the previous issue I asked that you use OnetoOne to inform us of the role you have on the Station. In response Base Support Wing have included an inter-weaving account of how they support us all in our everyday business and the Blacktop Team has provided an insightful article with pictures of snow ploughs – I want a go!
Following their deployment to Afghanistan we welcome home 7 FP Wing but we say farewell to 17(R) TES who, with their new Standard, have a very exciting future. XI Sqn provides an account of their Ex RED FLAG detachment and 3(F) Sqn informs of their recent activity including the laying-up of their old Sqn Standard. Force Development features highly in this issue ranging from indoor climbing at RAF Digby to skiing in Germany. I have never been on a ski event but after reading the two ski articles I am tempted. Winter walking in the Lake District looks challenging but the MT visit to National Memorial Arboretum and Armed Forces Memorial is a must read and highlights the debt we all owe to so many people.
The Just Culture is an important process in all our roles as explained in the enclosed article ensuring you have confidence to report occurrences as part of the Safety Reporting process.
Spare a few minutes for the Quality of Life article. I’m sure most of you could think of ways to improve your lot at work and play. See what has been done so far and how you could possibly have more. Well done to the static bike riders raising money for the Fraja Ellie Appeal and congratulations to the RAF Coningsby Nursery on receiving a donation from BAES. The cricket and triathlon clubs are looking to entice you to their sports and we celebrate the continuing achievements of FS Hadgraft in RAF football.
Late news in – I am delighted to announce that RAF Coningsby is the proud recipient of the RAF Road Safety Silver Rose Bowl Award for 2012. This award is presented annually to the RAF Unit which is deemed to have contributed the most to improving road safety; we placed third in 2011 so this is a fantastic achievement. Look out for a more detailed Rose Bowl article in the next edition.
Now to the really important item – who would like a very rewarding position as editor of OnetoOne? Even though I have only been editor for a short period I have learnt more in the past 6 months about RAF Coningsby and its people than I thought possible. As editor, I rely solely on contributors and I’m pleased to say you haven’t let me down; you may have needed a nudge but that is the job of the editor. Thank you for your support and keep those articles coming!