Tuesday, 29 April 2014

French Mirage jets drop in on RAF Valley

A pair of Mirage F1 CR aircraft from Mont de Marsan Air Base in South West France have visited RAF Valley. The French aircraft were conducting an Overseas Training Flight, designed to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Sqns from RAF Wittering deploy in support of Typhoons

Squadrons from the A4 Force at RAF Wittering are deploying to support RAF Typhoon jets as they police the skies above the Baltic nations. Trucks from No. 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron have rolled out from... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Further upgrade to Armed Forces Pension Calculator

The Armed Forces Pension Calculator has gone through a further upgrade. In this latest update the following new elements have been introduced: The application of the 2014/15 Pay and Pensions rates, a complete re-fresh of the look and feel of the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 28 April 2014

RAF deploy Typhoons to bolster NATO Air Policing Mission

Four RAF Typhoons have today been deployed to take part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. As announced to the House of Commons by the Defence Secretary in March, the UK fast jets will... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

EastEnders now want to include a military storyline

The soap EastEnders has so far not included the Armed Forces, but that is about to change. The producers now want to include a storyline involving a soldier returning from... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Additional Needs and Disability Conference - all welcome

SSAFAs Families Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) Conference takes place on Monday 19th May 2014 at MoD Main Building, Central London. Topics include: Children's education; Changes to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

With great sadness and deep sympathy

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the names of the five service personnel who lost their lives following the crash of a Lynx helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Saturday 26 April 2014. They are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 25 April 2014

Calling spouses and partners at RAF Valley

The Armed Force Pay Review Body (AFPRB) will visit RAF Valley on 15 May 14, and amongst other agenda items, they would like to hold a discussion group with the spouses and partners of Service personnel to hear their views on... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Katherine Jenkins to sing virtual duet of 'We'll Meet Again' with Dame Vera Lynn

Katherine Jenkins is to sing a virtual duet of 'We'll Meet Again' with Dame Vera Lynn at D-Day 70th anniversary concert. Patrick Stewart will lead a cast of actors playing Sir Winston Churchill at the special... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Tucano Display ready to roll

The RAF Tucano Display team has received its Public Display Authority. The Tucano display is a solo aerobatic routine, one of only 4 RAF solo displays this year. This season the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

7 year old opens RAF museum in his bedroom

A seven-year-old from Norfolk has turned his bedroom into a RAF museum to raise money for service personnel in need.  Sam Boore has filled his room with forces memorabilia, show visitors around and donates all the money he raises to... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

More on the Russian Bears

RAF Typhoon Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) aircraft were launched from RAF Leuchars on Wed in response to unknown aircraft approaching the NATO Air Policing Area north of Scotland. The aircraft were identified as... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Russian Bears escorted away from UK airspace by RAF Typhoons yesterday

Sky News are reporting that two Russian aircraft were escorted away from UK airspace off the coast of northeast Scotland by RAF Typhoons yesterday. Dutch F-16's were also... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Falcons ready to jump into a new season - 1 May

On Thursday 1st May the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will be launching their new 2014 display season by leaping from a Chinook helicopter into Witney Leys recreational field for the public to enjoy! The RAF Falcons first... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

AF QRA Force are "An impressive bunch"

As part of a wider tour of RAF sites in Scotland, the Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois spent a day at RAF Leuchars where the RAF’s 1 (Fighter) Squadron and 6 Squadron are based. During the visit to RAF air defence headquarters the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Dispersed Families Study - RAF

RAF families who live off base are invited by QinetiQ and Edinburgh Napier University to help with a study specifically explore the needs and experiences of Service families who are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Studying for a history or science GCSE?

Summer Camp at IWM Duxford. Discover the science and history of the Second World War. From the team at Duxford "If you’re aged between 14 and 16 and are fascinated by history, science, engineering or technology, join us for our... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Lightning II makes its international debut this Summer

The F-35 Lightning II will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and in the same month will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. This will be the first time the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 17 April 2014

RAF Poppy Adventure Breaks 2014

As part of their Poppy Breaks programme, the Royal British Legion are kindly sponsoring two weeks of activity breaks for Service dependants in August 2014. These Poppy Breaks are organised by RAF Community support and delivered by the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

MAA cautions increased risk to air safety

As part of the MoD, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has full oversight of all defence aviation activity and is responsible for enhancing the delivery of operational capability through continual improvement in military air... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Joint working - The RAF and Army share intelligence

RAF regulars and Army reservists and have been taking part in intelligence training together for the first time. RAF officers and junior officers from two of the army’s reservist military intelligence... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

ONLY 1 DAY LEFT to APPLY for JOB of Evidence Assistant

The RAF Families Federation now wish to recruit a full-time Evidence Assistant with a starting salary of £17,079... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Military Wives Choirs symbol of strength

Claudia Bradby Jewellery and the Military Wives Choirs are thrilled to launch their 'Stronger Together' bracelet. The bracelet, made of cultured pearls and silk ribbon, features the Military Wives Choirs logo on a pretty sterling silver... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF Officer is World Champion

A serving Officer from Royal Air Force Northolt has won a Gold Medal at the World Masters Athletics Indoor Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, on 25-30 March. Flt Lt Greg Dunson on top of the podium. Flight Lieutenant Greg Dunson, who is the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Monday, 7 April 2014

ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT to APPLY for JOB of Evidence Assistant

The RAF Families Federation now wish to recruit a full-time Evidence Assistant with a starting salary of £17,079. Closing date... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

The Minister is impressed

Mark Francois has visited RAF Halton, where the headquarters for the exercise is located, where he received a detailed update. While there the minister learned more about those participating, and the scope, complexities and massive scale of the... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces Day Celebrations set for 28 June

A programme of spectacular events for Armed Forces Day will this year be lead from Stirling and be a celebration of servicemen and women past and present. Kicking off festivities will be an impressive parade of service... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Unbelievable story of extraordinary courage by RAF pilot Fg Off Barton VC


Flying Officer Cyril Joe Barton lost his life aged 22 when his Halifax Bomber crashed in Ryhope, Sunderland on 31 Mar 31, 1944. Fg Off Barton captained the Halifax of 578 Squadron that took off from Burn in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF championing Women

At the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards, the RAF took the ‘Inspiring the Workforce of the Future’ prize. Opportunity Now is the workplace gender campaign from Business in the Community. The awards recognise... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Friday, 4 April 2014

Happy that RAF Reserve numbers are growing

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, has spoken of his satisfaction at the progress being made in the recruitment of RAF Reserves. Speaking at a briefing of... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF elements deploying on final phase of Op Herrick

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that the next deployment of UK armed forces to Afghanistan is due to take place in Jun14. This week saw the UK’s military headquarters in... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Lifeworks Courses - Helping partners find the ideal job - next one: RAF Henlow

Lifeworks Families now has a dedicated website giving full of information, advice and details of how spouses and partners of serving regular and reserve personnel can get FREE employment advice... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

RAF FF - Technical problems with e-comms

The RAF Families Federation is experiencing intermittent but severe technical issues affecting e- comms - emails and web. Outgoing emails are bouncing. Please if you are expecting to hear from us and haven't, and it is urgent, please... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Typhoon Display Scheme for 2014

This year the RAF Typhoon Display Team will be showcasing the Typhoon with a unique aircraft paint scheme. The impressive design was developed over the winter training period to make the Typhoon even more... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

The RAF will be "providing Typhoons this summer"

At the weekend, Philip Hammond appeared on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’, where he answered questions from the former BBC political editor on Britain’s military capability, Afghanistan and Nato... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Armed Forces pension rights for same sex marriages

Following the extension of marriage to same sex couples by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 the MoD has amended the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Pension scheme rules so benefits for surviving same sex spouses are provided on the same basis as those for surviving... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

Your new PAY RATES as of 1st APRIL 14

The 2014 rates of pay as of 1 Apr 14, together with accommodation and food charges are... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link

It's PAY DAY! What do you think of the 1%?

The 1% pay award from the Government is given as of today. What do you think? Do you think its generous in the current climate? Do you think it's outrageous? Do you think the AFPRB has a firm understanding or what you do? Do you think you... More information. If you are using a MOBILE DEVICE please use this link