RAF Halton update – September 2021
Editor’s note: The contents of this page were taken from the RAF Halton Facebook page. Photos Crown Copyright.
Group Captain Startup – Exercise Eagle Dare
RAF Halton’s Station Commander Group Captain Startup completed a tandem jump 11 August as part of Exercise Eagle Dare, which is a one day Adventurous Training opportunity for Execs to develop their human performance. The aim is to take Station Execs out of their comfort zone and examine how they perform under differing stresses and tension.
Group Captain Startup said: “Exercise Eagle Dare is a fantastic opportunity for Execs to take a short time out of the office and undertake Adventurous Training. It is an excellent course run by the Robson Academy of Resilience which I was happy to complete with Officer Commanding (OC) Training Wing and OC Station Management Squadron. Adventurous Training is a fundamental part of team cohesion and self-analysis that all eligible members of RAF Halton will be encouraged to participate in the next year.”
Charity Motorcycle Ride
In early August, RAF Halton welcomed Carl Surgey (former Flight Sergeant) to the Warrant Officer and Sergeant’s Mess (WOSM) for a stopover on his charity motorcycle ride for RAFA.
Carl joined the Royal Air Force Medical Branch at just 16 and served for over 26 years as a frontline medic. He has decided to take to the roads and hopes to visit all the UK RAF Stations that he was posted at throughout his career from RAF Kinloss in northern Scotland to Fort Blockhouse in the far south of England. The ride covers circa 1,200 miles. He is hoping to raise over £1,000 for the charity.
Sergeant’s Mess Mural
This summer, the Warrant Officer and Sergeant’s Mess (WOSM) Anteroom has had a makeover by two local artists Emma Marsden and Jo Chesney who created this fantastic mural of the RAF Halton estate.
Warrant Officer Rousell, the Chairperson of the Mess Committee said: “It is amazing to see the mural come to life depicting the RAF Halton estate, spitfires and poppies, and is made even more special by having local artists design this especially for us. This is something that all Mess Members and visitors to the WOSM will be able to enjoy for years to come.”
Station Commanders Coin
Congratulations to Sergeant (Sgt) Downey who is the most recent recipient of a Station Commanders Coin for being the epitome of professional excellence and revolutionising the Squadron’s Defence Systems Approach to Training.
Honours & Awards
The following personnel were presented in July with awards by Station Commander Group Captain Startup: Warrant Officer Rousell from Airmen’s Command Squadron received the Royal Warrant; Corporal Goddard from ACSSU received an Operational Service Medal; Flight Sergeant Puttock from CTS received the Joint Commanders Commendation; Sergeant Dillon from RTS received The Standing Joint Commanders Commendation Team Award; Sergeant James from RTS received the Station Commanders Commendation; Corporal Bromley from RTS received the Station Commanders Commendation.