RAF Wittering keeping comrades fed and watered

RAF Wittering's Flt Lt Mark Drayton (L) and WO Willie Dixon (R) flank the Hainault Camp Commandant Wg Cdr Guy Bazalgette. Their role is to provide food for the military staff at the Olympics
RAF Wittering's Flt Lt Mark Drayton (L) and WO Willie Dixon (R) flank the Hainault Camp Commandant Wg Cdr Guy Bazalgette. Their role is to provide food for the military staff at the Olympics

MILITARY personnel who are providing security for the London 2012 Olympics are being kept well fed by staff from RAF Wittering.

The 3 Mobile Catering Squadron, based at RAF Wittering, are responsible for feeding the 3,500 military personnel at the temporary camp at Hainault Forest Country Park, East 
London.

Day-to-day management is undertaken by Flt Lt Mark Drayton and Warrant Officer Willie Dixon with a team of 36 Wittering catering staff, 75 caters from elsewhere around the RAF and 20 Territorial Army Chefs from 
Grantham.

In any one 24-hour period, the team provides 19 hours of food service, with dinner alone served from 4pm to midnight.

About 14 people are served every minute, but the caterers can manage higher 
demand.

Their record at Hainault is 650 people in 22 minutes.

At the same time, 3MCS and other catering personnel are also supporting RAF Olympics security deployments in Ilford, Grove Park and RAF Northolt.

Wing Cdr Guy Bazalgette, Commandant of Hainault Temporary Domestic Accommodation: “They are efficient. They are flexible and they are cheerful.

“This is an absolutely remarkable performance, especially when you consider we have had the wettest June for 140 years.”