Chief of the Air Staff visits RAF Woodvale

19.02.2015

By OCdt Jack Pearce, Liverpool UAS

For the students of Liverpool Universities Air Squadron (UAS) and the staff at RAF Woodvale in Formby, Merseyside, Thursday 15th January 2015 was a very special and memorable day; the first ever visit in the history of RAF Woodvale by a serving Chief of the Air Staff, currently Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford.

Students from Liverpool University Air Squadron discussing life as a            Royal Air Force Reservist and the future of the UAS’s

Students from Liverpool University Air Squadron discussing life as a Royal Air Force Reservist and the future of the UAS’s

The Chief arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport where he was met by Station Commander Sqn Ldr Nigel Edwards. The programme began with a buffet lunch in RAF Woodvale’s Officers’ Mess, followed by presentations of Royal Warrants to WO Neil Blair, Station Warrant Officer, and WO Bill Robinson, Station Ops Officer, and the attestation of new members into 611 Sqn RAuxAF. The Chief was then taken on a tour of RAF Woodvale and met a cross-section of Station personnel, including Liverpool UAS Officer Cadets.

RAF Woodvale has become a prominent and active RAF station, consisting of 611 Sqn RAuxAF, 611 Sqn ATC, Liverpool UAS, Manchester and Salford UAS, No 10 Air Experience Flight, HQ Merseyside Wing Air Training Corps and 631 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. In addition to uniformed personnel, RAF Woodvale is supported by a significant presence from Babcock Aerospace and Sodexo Defence. It is the ‘whole force’ concept that keeps RAF Woodvale moving forward; all in the same boat pulling for the same point on the horizon, whether Regular, Reservist, civil servant, volunteer or contractor.

Sir Andrew spent time with Officer Cadets discussing university life, their time on the Squadron and how they have benefited from being a part of the Service. Moreover, it was an opportunity for the students to ask questions with regards to career prospects and the future of the UAS’s.

For more information about Liverpool UAS, visit www.raf.mod.uk/liverpooluas



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