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Wing Commander Robert Balls MSc BEng CEng MIMechE RAF

Wing Commander Robert Balls was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1997. Following officer and engineering training at RAF Cranwell he undertook Junior Officer tours at RAF Lossiemouth, as Officer Commanding Armament Engineering Flight, as OC Tactical Engineering Flight in Ali Al Salem and then as a Junior Engineering Officer on 41(Fighter) Squadron at RAF Coltishall.

Following deployment as part of the Joint Force Air Component Command during Op TELIC, he was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2003, and took up position as a Senior Armament Trials Officer at MOD Boscombe Down, focussing primarily on Air to Ground Launched weapons. From here he went onto to be the Senior Engineering Officer on 111 (Fighter) Squadron, where the Squadron’s prime focus was providing Quick Reaction Alert Interceptor aircraft.

In 2007 he took over as Project Manager of the Brimstone Project Team, during which time he oversaw the development, testing and introduction to Service of the Dual Mode Brimstone Weapon System.

Promoted to Wing Commander in 2009 and following a year as a Programme Manager in the weapons team in DE&S, he was selected for the Overseas Staff College in Hamburg, Germany. A year of language training was followed by the 2 year German Staff Course. He assumed command of MOD St Athan in August 2013.

Robert has a Bachelors (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics, and is a graduate of the German Armed Forces Staff College.

He is married to Catherina, a Marketing Manager in the private sector. A keen Sportsman, Robert plays football, rugby and hockey, and recently completed the Hamburg marathon.

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10 March 2014

THE COMMONWEALTH FLAG flew for the first time over the Vale of Glamorgan by request of HM Queen Elizabeth. This is the first time in the UK that the flag has been requested to be flown outside London, bringing together 53 countries worldwide flying the flag to mark Commonwealth

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04 March 2014

CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF, Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Sir Andrew Pulford KCB CBE ADC RAF took the opportunity to meet some of the RAF’s newest personnel in training on his recent visit to MOD St Athan in South Wales.

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