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Keeping healthy at RAF Wittering

RAF Wittering Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell gives Big Cig his marching orders. EMN-141203-114420001

RAF Wittering Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell gives Big Cig his marching orders. EMN-141203-114420001

Three dental health professionals stationed at RAF Wittering led the station’s support for National No-Smoking Day.

Cpl Jodi Baird, 34 and senior aircraftwomen Lara England and Gemma Innocent, both 31, reinforced the message that smoking is bad for the gums, mouth and teeth at the base today (Wednesday).

They donned a Big Cig costume to help hammer home their safety message.

Jodi, who is a dental hygienist, said; “We encourage all our patients who smoke to stop.

“Big Cig allows us to publicise the dangers of smoking, as well as telling people about how we can help them quit.”

Station commander, Group Capt Damian Alexander said Jodi, Gemma and Lara did a fantastic job in spreading the word.

“This station supports its people when they want to quit tobacco.

“Smoking is a hard habit to break, but breaking the habit builds a healthier lifestyle for the individual and maintains a physically fit force for RAF Wittering.”

- Two personnel based at RAF Wittering have been honoured for their sporting prowess.

Cpl Steve Morgan, 27, of the Physical Education Flight, and Cpl Kris Sumner, 33, of No. 1 Expeditionary Logistics (EL) Squadron, have both been awarded Royal Air Force Colours.

Cpl Morgan represents the RAF at swimming in inter-service matches. In July last year his performance in the 50m and 100m front crawl brought the RAF team to the final and level on points with competition favourites, the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy won the day, but Cpl Morgan remains as enthusiastic as ever. He said: “I feel very proud to have been selected to represent the RAF at inter-services swimming. It was only a narrow defeat, but we’ll all keep training.”

And Cpl Sumner was honoured for her success in table tennis. At a recent competition she won the ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles, helping the RAF win the overall team event.

 

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