As we move from summer in to autumn, this edition of One2One marks the many changes taking place across the station and reflects on the successes achieved on a number of fronts.

The edition starts with a final foreword from Gp Capt Sampson as he hands over command of RAF Coningsby to Gp Capt Stringer.  In his message, the Stn Cdr talks about the vibrancy and energy of our station and I hope One2One can continue to suitably reflect the variety and magnitude of achievements made by station personnel everyday. Sir, thank you for your support of OnetoOne and we all wish you the very best in your next post.

We also say goodbye to Mrs Caroline Hogg, our Media Communications Officer who retires having filled the post for the last 22 years.  Again, thank you Caroline for your support of OnetoOne and our best wishes for your retirement.

The theme of Olympics and cycling in particular is picked up on in an article by 29(R) Sqn as a team comprising air and ground crew embark on a 600 mile cycle ride (in 6 days) from RAF Coningsby to French Air Force Base Saint-Dizier, the home of the Rafale, in France.  The team are also visiting sites of historical significance to the sqn en-route.  At the time of writing, the ride is still in progress and an article recounting their experiences will be included in the next edition. However, I’d like to highlight the event now to help raise awareness of the charities the team are raising money for and to encourage you to visit their website on www.600in6.co.uk. Members of 3(F) Sqn also undertook a staff ride to Northern France during the summer. Flt Lt Collins’ review of the event highlights the interest and value to be gained from undertaking staff rides as we reflect on past campaigns and draw lessons for the future.

Returning to the Olympic theme, the article from XI Sqn describes the experiences of Cpl McMillan who attended a Team GB Breakfast with medal winning athletes as the Typhoon’s sole representative at the event.  The article highlights once again the efforts made by the Typhoon Force to support the Olympics and the gratitude the athletes felt for that support. Another memorable success is described by the Stn’s Rugby League team who successfully retained the Challenge Cup beating RAF Leeming in a high scoring final. This is the third consecutive year the team has won the trophy and they clearly deserve all our congratulations on a great achievement.

Looking to the future, an article by 7FP Wg describes the Wg’s final preparations for deployment to Afghanistan.  This and similar articles in previous editions help highlight the nature of the work our RAF Regiment colleagues undertake OOA and we wish them all a successful deployment and safe return to RAF Coningsby next year.

The next edition of OnetoOne in December will be my last as Editor as I prepare for pastures new. If you are interested in taking over the role or joining the editorial team, please do hesitate to call me on ext 7939. Also, please forward me all your articles for the next edition by 16 Nov; no doubt there will be plenty more successes and achievements to report on!

Best wishes

Sqn Ldr Ian Heath