Monday, 30 September 2013

Creation of a new Joint Cyber Reserve

The Defence Secretary has announced that Britain will build a dedicated capability to counter-attack in cyberspace and, if necessary, to strike in cyberspace. As part of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Top UK employers are challenged to support Reservists

The UK's top 100 employers have been challenged to support at least 100 reservists each. Speaking at the launch of the Barclays AFTER programme in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Interest free loan to help personnel buy their first home

The Armed Forces are to benefit from a new £200 million scheme to help them get on the property ladder. The new Forces Help to Buy scheme will mean... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 26 September 2013

NEM consultation to close soon

The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, launched a consultation exercise with all Service personnel and their families. It runs from Jun to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

SAC Jonathan McGorian to represent his country at Karate

Black belt Liverpudlian, RAF Senior Aircraftman Jonathan McGorian, 24, from Huyton, will represent his country at the World Shotokan Karate Association Championships in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

8 Sqn's Virtual Reality

A RAF E-3D crew have participated in a major training exercise over the western continental United States without leaving their base at RAF Waddington. By using... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Working Dog Sqn welcomed home from Afghanistan

Welcome home banners and celebrations greeted some 50 service personnel from 104 Military Working Dog Unit when they returned home from Afghanistan. These highly trained dogs and their handlers carried out a... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF culinary teams take part in Parade Du Chef

RAF Culinary teams have been competing in the Parade Du Chefs at The annual Tri-service Exercise Joint Caterer held at... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The journey to employment is 'SORTED!'

Armed Forces community members seeking a pathway to employment are set to benefit from the launch of new  support organisation 'SORTED!'  SORTED! is a consortium of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 23 September 2013

'Hard-up RAF flies second-hand aircraft in US colours'

The Sunday Times reports that the RAF's new Rivet Joint 'spy planes' will be flown in US Air Force colours as part of a money saving scheme the MoD has agreed with the US. The paper also flags up concerns about the UK's 'reliance' on the US for such... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces Covenant Newsletter - Issue 5

The Armed Forces Covenant Team publish a quarterly newsletter. In issue 5 the team take a look at: the responsibilities local councils have in the provision of transport... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Government seeks parents' views on Childcare Vouchers

The Government has announced major changes to the childcare voucher scheme and is keen to hear the views of parents. The Government had therefore put together a ... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Last Flight of the VC10

After 47 years of service for the RAF, the VC10 took to the skies on, Fri 20 Sep 13 for its final Air-to-Air refuelling operational sortie. The aircraft will retire on... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 20 September 2013

Bomber Command crews honoured by New Zealand

New Zealand's Prime Minister has paid his respects to those who bravely defended Britain and the Commonwealth during the Second World War. During his visit to the UK... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Battle of Britain Aviator remembered at RAF Gibraltar

RAF Gibraltar commemorated the Battle of Britain by re-naming their headquarters building after one of the RAF Fighter Pilots who lost his life during the historic campaign. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach along with... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Hercules diversion saves lives

Hercules diversion saves lives. A Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules Aero Medical Evacuation flight and its crew made a quick judgement call and saved the lives of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Flt Lt Rachael Lee reports. The C-130 Hercules flies in and... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Princess Anne presents a new Standard to 101 Sqn

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Honorary Air Commodore to Royal Air Force Brize Norton, has attended the Station for the consecration parade of the new 101 Squadron... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

SFA damages to be deducted from pay

The MoD have issued new guidance for Service personnel on the revised charging processes for damage and deficiencies for UK SFA and SSFA - these were previously referred to as barrack damages. When Service personnel move... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Friday 11 October is Red White Blue Day

Red, White and Blue Day is a chance for every school in the country to show their support for the huge number of Service families in the UK. The organisers say, if each school child... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

DIO report positive results to their customer satisfaction survey

We have received sight of the results of the DIO (Ops) Customer Satisfaction Survey. The survey and report has been prepared by MEL Research, who conducted the survey of DIO customers between Jun-Aug 13. MEL Research report that... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Autumn issue of Envoy is now available online

Included in this issue: The Strength needed to be a Fighter Pilot, How to nail the perfect Interview, Bears on Tour, To be Foreign, and much, much more… More information

Tickets go on sale for the British Military Tournament, Earls Court

The British Military Tournament is an unforgettable and breathtaking opportunity to marvel at the skills and precision of the British Armed Forces and takes place at... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

50 years of RAF Space monitoring at Fylingdales

RAF Fylingdales has reached 50 years of service in the fields of space surveillance and missile early warning operations. The station in Yorkshire, famous during... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

That is not why these dogs were put down...

The media has reported that two military working dogs at RAF Valley have been euthanised. The reports claim there is a link between their demise and the departure of Prince William from... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Check the heating!

It’s always a good idea to have a quick check of your heating system in September to make sure it is working correctly before the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Christmas Plea

The Armed Forces are urging the British public to keep the postal system clear for families' mail at Christmas. Instead members of the public are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Read the conclusions you draw on RAF Pay in 2013

This evidence will now be presented to the AFPRB. The RAF FF Survey Report is now online... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 13 September 2013

Redundancies and recruitment campaigns

An article in the Daily Mirror accuses the MoD of wasting money by making personnel redundant and simultaneously running recruitment campaigns. The MoD has issued the following response... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Air Rank Appointments

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 13.13. Air Commodore A M Turner CBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group and Chief of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

LIBOR fines fund a further 16 military good causes

Sixteen military good causes are sharing almost £2.5 million in the latest allocation of the fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) benchmark. This latest... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Flt Lt's Stewart Campbell and Joe Hourston join the RAF Red Arrows

Flt Lt Stewart Campbell and Joe Hourston have been announced as the newest members of the Red Arrows Team. They join the team for a 3 year tour in 2014 - the team’s... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Voting: Good news!

A Parliamentary Bill has been passed which will make it easier for Service personnel and families living overseas to vote in elections. The following has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Sqn Ldr Jim Schofield: "Flying the F-35 is a lot of fun"

The pilots, along with UK ground crew, are testing 3 Lightning II jets at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, working alongside their counterparts from the US Marine Corps. The latest testing has... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Remembering the Polish airman who gave their lives serving with the RAF

Hundreds have gathered with personnel from RAF Northolt at the Polish War Memorial in Ruislip to remember the Polish airmen who gave their lives whilst serving with the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Flt Lt Wales completes his final tour of duty with RAF SAR

The Duke of Cambridge has completed his tour of duty with the Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley. During his last shift, Flt Lt William Wales and his crew had... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 9 September 2013

Typhoons scrambled from RAF Akrotiri

Amidst rising tensions over Syria, two RAF Typhoon aircraft were scrambled from RAF Akrotiri to investigate unidentified aircraft last Monday. A MoD spokesman said... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Facing problems trying to get credit or a telephone contract?

Are you facing problems obtaining finance or contracts because of your RAF service? The RAF FF has received evidence from RAF personnel and their families that trying to obtain loans, hire purchase agreements, mortgages, unsecured... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Injured personnel find downed RAF Spitfire

An award-winning project which uses archaeology to aid the recovery of injured service personnel has uncovered a crashed Spitfire on Salisbury Plain. Serving and former... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Leuchars Airshow - Sat 7 Sep 13

The 2013 Leuchars Airshow takes place on Sat 7 Sep 13. The Airshow will be the 65th ‘Battle of Britain at Home Day’ to be held at RAF Leuchars. The Theme of this year’s event is... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

6 RAF Typhoon interceptor deployed to Akrotiri

As part of ongoing contingency planning, 6 RAF Typhoon interceptor fast jets are deploying this morning to Akrotiri in Cyprus. The MoD are keen to point out that this is a precautionary measure, specifically aimed at protecting UK interests and the defence... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 2 September 2013

Have you had problems obtaining finance/contracts due to RAF service?

Over the past few months we have received evidence of issues for RAF personnel and their families when obtaining loans, hire purchase agreements, mortgages, unsecured credit... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link