2624 (County of Oxford)
Station name: RAF Brize Norton
Station address: Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX
Mission: To provide trained personnel to support RAF Regiment field squadrons on operations worldwide.
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More about this squadron
Based at RAF Brize Norton, 2624 (County of Oxford) Squadron is one of six RAF Reserves units with a Force Protection role, and supports 4 Force Protection Wing. Re-formed in 2013 after a dozen years of disbandment, the unit consists chiefly of RAF Regiment Gunners trained in infantry skills, but it also has a limited number of vacancies for personnel in support duties.
Roles and specialist skills
The Regiment is the ground fighting force of the RAF and our Gunners are required to master a range of skills, including infantry tactics, observation, target acquisition and close combat. Gunners also receive specialist weapons training, and become expert at handling the bayonet, pistol, rifle, machine gun and grenades. The RAF Regiment needs to operate 24 hours a day, in any weather, so Gunners become skilled in the use of the latest night-vision aids and other surveillance equipment.
The progressively challenging training begins with general service knowledge and basic foot drill, before moving on to weapons and tactics, signals and first-aid. Combat training is physically and mentally demanding and can take place anywhere in the world, from the UK to the Arctic. Gunners need to be fit, active and prepared to endure difficult and demanding situations.
Based at RAF Brize Norton, 2624 Squadron also trains and operates in support of both rotary and fixed wing aircraft.
The Squadron also conducts adventure training activities to develop confidence, leadership and teamwork; routinely, we run parachuting, hill walking, climbing and winter sports.
For reasons of combat effectiveness, women cannot currently be accepted for this role.
The squadron was formed in 1982 as an RAF Regiment Field Squadron tasked with providing ground defence for RAF Brize Norton, and has since changed roles several times. During the 1980s it was reassigned to support the Harrier Force in Germany, though in 1992 it reverted to its original task at the end of the Cold War. In 1998, the unit became a Role Support Squadron and was tasked to support the Air Refuelling Force based at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Lyneham. In 1999, it became an Operations Support Squadron, providing trained Force Protection personnel.
The unit was disbanded between 2001 and 2013, but has been re-formed under the Future Reserves 2020 programme, to provide trained Force Protection Specialists for expeditionary operations. Since re-forming, Squadron members have been deployed on operations in Afghanistan and for training in Germany and the Middle East.