Excellence in training at RAF Wittering was recognised with the presentation of the 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing award to No. 3 Mobile Catering Squadron.
The 85 (EL) Wing Excellence in Training Award recognises the squadron which has done most to develop its personnel in the previous calendar year. The presentation on Tuesday last week was for achievements made during 2014.
Three of the five squadrons in 85 (EL) Wing were shortlisted for the award, No. 2 Mechanical Transport (MT) Squadron, No. 3 Mobile Catering (MC) Squadron and the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron (JARTS).
Flt Lt Rachael Libby, 85 Wing Training Officer said: “Until last year, the award was based around individuals. We’ve now changed the criteria so that it’s become a team award, that way improvements are felt across entire squadrons.”
Squadrons had to demonstrate their competence in five different training and educational areas; delivery of training, training exercises, professional development, advocating best practice and force development.
Taken together, the five criteria show how the squadrons develop their individual personnel and use training and education to collectively improve their operational effectiveness.
Wing Commander Georgia Williams, Commanding Officer 85 Wing, and Flight Lieutenant Libby, scored each squadron on the five areas; the winning squadron had the highest overall score. This year it was 3 MC Squadron.
Flt Sgt Pat French is the senior non-commissioned officer responsible for operational training on 3 (MC) Sqn. He said: “For military chefs and stewards, training is everything.
“The Training Flight has worked hard to design and deliver fit for purpose courses, its success can be measured in the marked increase of chefs and stewards trained and available for operations.”
l Versatile engineers from 5001 Squadron at RAF Wittering turned their hands to fundraising and presented £389 to the Wittering Families Centre.
The engineers, all from 5001’s Support Engineering Flight, completed some difficult challenges to raise the money.
Support Engineering Flight provides engineering functions to RAF Wittering, from the servicing of vehicles to the repair of power tools.
Sgt Mick Burton braved the infamous 50 mile ‘Grim Reaper’ ultra-marathon while SAC Brogan Thomas and Mr Nige Simm both completed the Eye 10 kilometre run in September, and SAC Phil Weir took part in the Lincoln Santa Run in December.
In addition, Cpl Tom Cavanagh increased the total sum with a Christmas football sweepstake.
The squadron visited the centre to see where their cash will go.