Stn Cdr’s Foreword (Issue 3 2012)

Welcome to this ‘summer’ edition of OnetoOne.  Whilst the weather might not make it feel like we have entered the summer period, the fact that this edition is packed with tales of Families’ Day, Jubilee celebrations and the centenary anniversary of 3(F) Squadron means that summer has indeed arrived.  I do hope that the Families’ Day met your expectations and gave you, your friends and families the opportunity to enjoy the activities and demonstrations on the ground as well as in the air; I am so pleased that so many of you were able to make it.  I am hugely grateful for all the hard work and effort that the committee and exhibitors put into organising the event and most impressively for the way they worked around and through the extreme weather…of course and your stoicism for staying until the rain-soaked end!  It has also been fantastic to see the range of Jubilee celebrations that station personnel have supported, whether the more formal parades and flypasts or the myriad of local events.

Of course, as I write this the first of our Typhoons have deployed to RAF Northolt along with the engineering advance party and some 60 of our personnel are already deployed, or in training for, Venue Security Force duties.  I know that the Olympic commitment will impact upon summer plans for those deployed and those at home supporting the deployment; we will do everything we can to minimise any additional disruption but we do need to recognise that a safe and secure Olympic Games is a matter of National importance and that our role is critical in ensuring that the Games run successfully.  Looking further ahead, the Typhoon Force will continue to grow in size and exercise overseas, HQ 7 FP wing will deploy to Afghanistan once again and the BBMF faces an extremely busy run-in to end of the display season.  All in all, whilst the challenges may differ, our role remains as busy and important as ever and therefore, for the support and encouragement of colleagues, friends and family that is so very important to us, thank you.