An air force regiment that was first set up during the Second World War has re-formed with a new purpose.
RAF Wittering hosted a parade to mark the re-formation of Number 38 Group yesterday (Wednesday).
The regiment was disbanded after the Second World War, re-formed twice during the Cold War and again in 1992. The list of aircraft it has operated includes the Harrier, Jaguar, VC10 and Westland Wessex.
It has now been given a new role and brings together the RAF’s Engineering, Logistics, Communications and Medical Operations units.
Air Vice-Marshal Tim Bishop, Air officer Commanding 38 Group, said: “I’m very pleased that the re-forming parade has gone so well.
“If the Royal Air Force is to deliver air power effects where they are most needed, then our aircraft and crews must be supported by the right force elements on the ground, such as those associated with engineering, logistics, communications and medical care.
“The re-forming of Number 38 Group emphasises the significance placed on our supporting force elements and I look forward to leading the Group, to ensure we continue to provide world class support during the next chapter of our Group’s eminent history.”
The units that make up the re-formed Number 38 Group provide essential support to the RAF, enabling it to deliver operational effect. Although many of its deployable squadrons are stationed at Royal Air Force Wittering, the group also has operational units and personnel at RAF Brize Norton, RAF High Wycombe and RAF Leeming.
The parade was the culmination of weeks of planning. Deputy project officer for the day’s events was Squadron Leader Richard Cameron, acting Commanding Officer for 85 (Expeditionary Logistics) Wing.
He said; “It’s taken a lot of pulling together, but the units have been positive and helpful and have given their utmost to make today’s parade as memorable as they can.
“Lots of hard work has been done and it’s paid off in a really memorable way.”
The parade included music from the Band of the Royal Air Force College.
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