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Wing Commander Robert Balls MSc BEng(Hons) CEng MIMechE RAF

Wing Commander Robert Balls was commissioned into the Royal Air Force following officer and engineering training at RAF Cranwell in 1997.

As a Junior Engineering Officer he undertook a variety of tours at RAF Lossiemouth, Ali Al Salem and RAF Coltishall before being deployed on operations during Op TELIC, the first on many overseas operational tours in which he has been involved.

On his return and following promotion to Squadron Leader, he took up a position as a Senior Armament Trials Officer at MOD Boscombe Down. As a Senior Engineering Officer he then undertook a tour on No 111 (Fighter) Squadron whose prime focus was the provision of Quick Reaction Alert Interceptor aircraft.

Following his promotion to Wing Commander he took up the post of Programme Manager in the weapons team in DE&S. As a German speaker, Robert has also attended the Overseas Staff College in Hamburg, Germany, where he graduated from a two years Staff Course before assuming overall command of the Royal Air Force at MoD St Athan.

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. A keen Sportsman, he enjoys playing football, running and swimming.

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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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