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Group Captain takes over from Tony Keeling as station commander at RAF Wittering near Stamford

An airwoman who has been part of operations in the likes of Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, has taken up her new role as station commander of RAF Wittering.

Group captain Jo Lincoln has taken over from Tony Keeling and formally started her role at 12pm on Friday (August 9).

The 43 year-old said: “I am absolutely thrilled, it is a great honour.

Group captain Tony Keeling hands over to group captain Jo Lincoln
Group captain Tony Keeling hands over to group captain Jo Lincoln

“Nothing quite prepares you for the moment when you’re told that the next job is station commander at RAF Wittering.

“It’s is a challenging job, but we have amazingly dedicated and talented service personnel, civil servants and contractors, and tremendous support from the local and civic communities.”

Group captain Jo Lincoln
Group captain Jo Lincoln

The role of station commander is two-fold.

As well as ensuring the smooth running of RAF Wittering including its airfield good relations with the nearby communities, they also take command of the specialized engineering and logistics squadrons that make up the A4 Force, which support air operations and exercises at home and abroad.

Although the headquarters is at RAF Wittering, there are A4 Force engineering and logistic units at almost every RAF station.

After graduating with a degree in business administration with Spanish, Jo joined the RAF in 1997 and is an experienced military logistics officer.

She has contributed to operations including Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Group captain Lincoln has also served with US Transportation Command and was the first UK Detachment Commander for 906 Expeditionary Air Wing in the Middle East.

Away from operations, Jo and her husband Paul are keen runners and exercise regularly with their border collie, Kai.

They also enjoy travelling and are looking forward to exploring the beautiful countryside surrounding RAF Wittering.

Jo takes over from Tony Keeling, who leaves after promotion to the rank of Air Commodore, the fourth highest rank in the RAF.

She added: “I would especially like to congratulate Tony Keeling on his forthcoming promotion and thank him for his hard work during his two years as station commander.”

Group captain Lincoln will be assisted by Si Bervoets, the principal warrant officer for the A4 Force, and Hywel Greening, who is the station warrant officer.

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