Eight Reservists from the Royal Signals attended a bespoke training course aimed at improving their skills on the FALCON communications system used by Regular RAF and Army personnel.
The aim of the course is to improve the reservists’ operational effectiveness when augmenting Regulars deployed on operations an exercises. Corporal Aitken (27), a Student, said: “The 8 day course was extremely interesting, the FALCON system is fairly complex but the elements we covered have given us the ability to operate as an augmentee.”
The course is instructed by a team of Regular RAF ICT Technicians and contractors from Babcock, a truly ‘Whole Force’ effort. The FALCON equipment, brought into service by BAE Systems, is essential in providing secure communication links for all UK operations across the globe.
The Reservists that attended are from varied backgrounds (from Students to Quantity Surveyors) and have differing levels of experience. They engaged well with instructors and expanded their knowledge and capability as a result.
Officer Inglis (44), Operations Supervisor, 32 Signals Regiment commented, “We
will continue to work closely with 90 Signals Unit, Babcock and BAE Systems to
ensure our ability to support regular counterparts on current in-service equipments
whether it is on exercise or deployed operations”.
Corporal Michael Thomas (30), an RAF instructor at 90 Signals Unit said, “As instructors we have to tailor our training methods to ensure that each different learning style is catered for and they are getting the most out of the course….having the varied experience and knowledge [Reservists] bring to the course from their civilian careers, changes the learning dynamic that as RAF instructors we seldom see in ordinary military life for the better.”
After the success of the initial courses 90 Signals Unit, BAE Systems and Babcock aim to continue their good relationship and deliver training to Army Reserves well into the future.
Reservists being taught in custom built FALCON training facility, 90 Signals Unit, RAF Leeming.
Reservists being taught to erect the FALCON mast and aerial in winter conditions at 90 Signals Unit, RAF Leeming.
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