Tuesday, 30 July 2013

HELICOPTER PILOT BECOMES HEAD OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE

Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF a former Wessex and Chinook pilot has taken over as Chief of the Air Staff - the most senior RAF Officer and first helicopter pilot ever to be professional head of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

As the SPOUSE or PARTNER of a member of the RAF are you under employed?

This important survey looks at underemployment, ie. partners who take jobs that do not fully use the individuals skill set and/or experience. It also looks at employment overseas. Your feedback is also welcome if you are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Against the MoD - at the High Court - 'Eviction from SFA violates human rights'

The former wife of a serving Sqn Ldr is taking the MoD to court claiming that the attempt to evict her from SFA is in violation of her human rights. Helen Nicholas whose husband walked out is now contesting the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 29 July 2013

5 (Army Co-operation) Sqn celebrates 100 years

Formed on 26th July 1913, 5 (Army Co-operation) Sqn based at RAF Waddington is one of the earliest British military flying units to be established. Last Friday (26 Jul 13) it was officially 100 years old and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Temporary HASC line closures

Phone lines at Wyton + HASC at Thetford temporary closure on Friday 26 July.
1. Phones - Due to a continuing BT issue, most DIO staff at Swales Pavilion at RAF Wyton are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

MPs conclude: Service children must get equal education opportunities

The House of Commons Defence Committee have published their report: Educating the Children of Service Personnel. COVENANT IN ACTION? PART 3: EDUCATING THE CHILDREN OF SERVICE PERSONNEL. MPs conclude that cross-Government... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Armed Forces Celebrate the Royal Birth

RAF Valley, the RAF Station where Prince William serves as a Search and Rescue pilot were among the first to offer official congratulations. Led by the Station Commander Group Captain Adrian Hill, and Search and Rescue Commander Group Captain Sara... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 22 July 2013

"You'd rather have more bullets than not enough"

Saturday's Daily Mirror reported that the MoD had declined to comment on claims the Department had wasted £500,000 on bullets. In a statement the MoD said: "This is not true. The following... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces Families: Underemployment and Overseas Employment

We are running a survey for partners and spouses of serving Armed Forces personnel. Your feedback is also welcome if you are a partner that also serves in the Armed Forces. This is an... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thank You to RAF Sea King Saviours

After sustaining major injuries in a caving accident in Apr 00, Janice Brown was airlifted from Yorkshire to hospital by the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter crew from E Flight, 202 Sqn. Janice had suffered severe... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wg Cdr Mal Craghill is the first person to win a CDS Scholarship

Wg Cdr Mal Craghill has become the first person to win a prestigious award from the head of the UK’s military– the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Scholarship.  Mal is one of a number of people from across the UK military who... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Air Tattoo Round-up

The Royal International Air Tattoo this weekend had something for everyone: that was the verdict after crowds at RIAT at RAF Fairford enjoyed a feast of flying and static displays, plus new and exciting entertainment on the ground. Following a hot build-up to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 19 July 2013

Treatment of Military Dogs

DOGThe MoD has issued the following statement in response to a newspaper article on the treatment of military dogs."The Sun reports that there are concerns about the way MoD is treating its...  More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

'The Unseen Enemy' IED Exhibition

"Some call them the perfect soldier. They never sleep. They don’t need feeding. Permanently on duty, they can wait patiently for years, until it is time for them... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Children at RAF Northolt meet the filmmakers of Disney 'Planes'

Children and young people from the RAF Benevolent Fund’s Airplay youth club at RAF Northolt received a surprise visit from Klay Hall and Traci Balthazor-Flynn, the filmmakers behind the new Disney animated film 'Planes'. The new film, which... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Reserve Medics put through their paces at RAF Wittering

612 (County of Aberdeen) Sqn medics have been put through their paces during Exercise Serpent Rise 2013 at RAF Wittering. Exercise Serpent Rise takes place annually at... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

WW2 Bomber Crew from 18 Sqn RAF are buried with Military Honours

The remains of a World War Two Bomber crew who died when their Boston Bomber crashed in Italy just weeks before the end of the War in Europe were laid to rest today with military honours at the Padua War Cemetery. Boston BZ590 belonging to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Sir Nick Houghton takes over as CDS

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards handed over formally to his successor General Sir Nicholas Houghton today at the end of three years in the post. The handover was marked by a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade which was... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Defence Committee issue report into Education of Service Personnel

The House of Commons Defence Committee has issued its report: The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 4: Education of Service Personnel.  Excerpt: Report Conclusions and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

617 Sqn to be the first operational sqn to have Lightning II

The RAF has today announced that 617 Sqn, the famous ‘Dambusters’, will be the first operational squadron using Lightning II aircraft.  Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton made the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

New SFA Welcome Packs

When you move into Service Families Accommodation (SFA) you will now find a new Welcome Pack. The pack is full of useful information, advice on who to contact, information on insurance and how to go about... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

CEA Regulations have changed

The aim of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) is to assist Service Personnel achieve continuity of education for their children that would otherwise be denied in the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

12 (B) Sqn take over from 31 Sqn at Kandahar

RAF personnel from 31 Sqn Tornado detachment from RAF Marham, serving in Afghanistan, has handed over command to 12 (Bomber) Sqn from RAF Lossiemouth. Throughout the four-month... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

New Herrick Drawdown Allowance - from 15 Aug 13

The pattern of Brigade rotations for Op HERRICK will change from Oct 13 and requires that some service personnel serve extended tours in Afghanistan. A new taxable HERRICK Drawdown Allowance (HDA) will be introduced... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Increase in PAX Premiums

A new contract has been awarded to Aon UK Ltd, the existing PAX provider, for the provision of a personal accident cover. The new PAX contract offers the same Personal Accident, Optional Life and Critical Illness (CI) insurance cover for members of the Armed... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Dr Andrew Murrison MP visits RAF Leuchars

The Minister for International Security Strategy, Dr Andrew Murrison MP has visited the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) facility at RAF Leuchars, meeting personnel of the Typhoon Force that hold at high readiness to scramble in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Job vacancy - RAF FF Evidence Assistant

The RAF Families Federation is parented by the RAF Association and provides RAF personnel and their families with an independent voice and a confidential service that relies upon the integrity and professionalism of its staff to deliver a Federation that is both credible and respected by all parties. We now wish to recruit a part-time Evidence Assistant for the RAF Families Federation, located at Wittering... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Opportunity in ARCHAEOLOGY for those recovering

As part of the recovery pathway, opportunities are being received for personnel who may benefit from non traditional or Service based activities. These opportunities take many forms and are not... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Regional Armed Forces Covenant Coordinators join the Federation Team

The RAF Families has recruited four Regional Armed Forces Covenant Coordinators to ensure members of the RAF community do not face any disadvantage compared to others... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

"Don't stand so close to me..."

Aircraft spotters at RAF Waddington get to be a little closer than they anticipated as a Typhoon arrives... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Duke of York in Afghanistan

His Royal Highness The Duke of York has travelled to Afghanistan where he met with British troops serving in Helmand province. The Duke flew into Camp Bastion on Saturday and stayed overnight at the base. On Sunday... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Northolt wins the Stainforth Trophy

The prestigious Stainforth Trophy has been presented to RAF Northolt by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton at a gathering of Station personnel on the parade square of the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Farewell to Joint Headquarters Rheindahlen

Farewell events to mark the closure of Joint Headquarters (JHQ) Rheindahlen has begun with a reception and musical ceremony. JHQ and the Rheindahlen Military Complex began life in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 15 July 2013

Korean War remembered

A parade and service of thanksgiving has been held at Westminster Abbey to mark 60 years since the signing of the Korean War armistice. The courage, determination and sacrifice of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 12 July 2013

Tightening of residency rules affects recruits

The government has announced that UK residency rules for new Armed Forces recruits have been reviewed. As of 11 Jul 13, Commonwealth recruits who wish... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Changes to start-up loans will benefit those leaving the Service

Ex-Service personnel will be some of the first to benefit from removing the age limit on start-up loans. The loans, to help people start up their own businesses, were historically only open... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Sitting opposite the Prime Minister and giving your views

The Director of the RAF Families Federation was at No 10 Downing Street yesterday for a meeting of the Home Affairs Sub-Committee on the Armed Forces Covenant. Prime Minister David Cameron joined other... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Nominate a family hero

2013 brings the return of Family Heroes. After its success over the last few years 4Children and Take a Break magazine are once again coming together to shine a light on family heroes throughout the UK. These awards recognise amazing people who help children and families when they are going... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Is India really set to spend more on defence than the UK?

An article the Sun newspaper suggests that by 2017, India is set to spend more on defence than the UK. In response the MoD said: 'This is baseless speculation and cites figures from defence... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Man of Speed

The Bloodhound Supersonic Car projects is on course to break the thousand mile an hour land speed barrier in 2015. With the opening of a new... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Westminster Honours RAF support to Mali

A VIP reception has been held at the Palace of Westminster to honour the RAF’s support to the French forces fighting insurgents in Mali. The Mali Homecoming Reception was held for... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Libyan Armed Forces to be trained in the UK

The Foreign Secretary has confirmed that up to 2,000 personnel from the Libyan Armed Forces are to be trained in the UK. In a written statement to Parliament earlier today, William Hague confirmed that the UK Armed Forces are to train their... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Our latest update

The RAF Families Federation reports regularly on its activity over the preceding period. In this issue we update on our work on NEM, Accommodation, our surveys, visits and meetings. Our engagement, on your behalf, since the last report includes: An appearance before... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 8 July 2013

Dambusters not hit by 'Defence cuts bombshell'

The Sunday Times yesterday ran a story titled 'Dambusters hit by defence cuts bombshell' which commented on an article from the RAF's flight safety publication 'Air Clues'. In response the MoD has issued the following statement... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Biggest ever mission undertaken by the Typhoon force

The RAF has completed the biggest training mission ever undertaken by its Typhoon force. RAF Coningsby Stn Cdr, Gp Capt Johnny Stringer, explained: “The QWI courses are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Chief of the Defence Staff discusses ways UK can assist Lebanon

General Sir David Richards has visited Lebanon and met with his counterpart General Jean Kahwaji, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, to explore areas in which the UK can offer... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 5 July 2013

MoD Rationale behind Reserves in the Future Force 2020

From the MoD: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday published the white paper 'Reserves in the Future Force 2020: Valuable and Valued', which sets out the plans to sustain and grow our Reserve Forces to 35,000 across all... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

New Immigration rules for Armed Forces families

New rules have been announced to ensure Armed Forces personnel are not disadvantaged by immigration rules and family members can integrate into society.  Changes announced in Parliament on... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Defence implications of Scottish Independence

The House of Commons Defence Committee held its fourth and final evidence session for its inquiry into defence implications of possible Scottish independence yesterday (2 Jul 13). The witnesses were... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Statement on Reserve Forces

Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, is to make a statement in the House of Commons on Wed 3 Jul 13 on reserve forces. The statement is expected to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link