SWO Peter Hainsworth has been the Station Warrant Officer at RAF Coningsby since June 2009. He joined the RAF in August 1974 and has completed tours of duty on various UK RAF Stations, MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol and at the BAE Systems site at Warton near Blackpool.
Peter is married to Julie and they have a daughter Ann-Marie, a teacher, who now lives in Turkey and a son Craig who is a SAC Logistic Chef at RAF Kinloss in Scotland. Mr Hainsworth officially handed his cane (the symbol of a Station Warrant Officer) over to his successor WO Kenny Watson on Monday 14 November 2011.
In time honoured tradition, fellow Warrant Officers gathered to escort Mr Hainsworth from the Station for the last time on Thursday 17 November 2011; they fixed the gift of a garden bench which they bought for him, to a trailer and pulled/pushed him around Station Headquarters building to give his colleagues a chance to bid him farewell and wish him good luck for his retirement after 37 years in the RAF.
Peter said: “Throughout my varied career I have thoroughly enjoyed myself facing the many challenging roles presented to me and to end as the Station Warrant Officer makes me extremely proud.”
WO Kenny Watson takes up the post of Station Warrant Officer on this his fourth tour at
RAF Coningsby; he was previously at the base in 1987, 1996 and 2005. He began his RAF career at RAF Swinderby in 1977; and subsequently served on many RAF bases in the UK and overseas in Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.
Kenny was born in 1960 in the town of Dundee, Scotland and attended Dens Road Junior School; his family reside in Forfar. He is married to Angie, a nurse and has two grown up children, Kirsty and Adam and a son-in-law, Richard; 3 cats, 3 guinea pigs and works as a volunteer at a Greyhound Rescue Centre. In his free time, Kenny tries to get out as much as possible with the Station Running team, particularly at cross country and is a regular in the Gym, both as an attendee and in his capacity as a Physical Training Leader.
In taking up his new post, Mr Watson said: “It’s great to be back at RAF Coningsby for my final tour.” He added: “Having spent my entire career so far working in logistics, I’m looking forward to the challenges that being the Station Warrant Officer will bring.”