Joint Force Logisitics Commanders Visit RAF Wittering

23 September 2016

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A4 Force Squadrons at Royal Air Force Wittering were on display on Tuesday when the Station Commander welcomed the Standing Joint Force Logistics Component Headquarters.

Wing Commander Craig Watson, Officer Commanding No. 42 Expeditionary Support Wing, discusses no. 71 Inspection and Repair Squadron with SJFLogC visitors.

The Standing Joint Force Logistics Component Headquarters (SJFLogC) HQ is a part of Joint Forces Command. It provides the logistics command and control that sustains deployments; ensuring that the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have the equipment, skills and supplies they need on operations.

The RAF A4 Force specialises in deployable engineering and logistics for UK air operations, so it’s important to keep the SJFLogC fully up to date with everything the A4 Force has to offer Defence.

Commodore Lines is served lunch by 3 Mobile Catering SquadronSquadron Leader Colin Green is the Officer Commanding 5001 Squadron, a unit specialising in deployable engineering. He said; “The names of the A4 Force Squadrons don’t describe our total capabilities, so educating and engaging with the people we could deploy with is very useful.”

Commodore Jim Lines is head of the SJFLogC; he and his team met with Wittering’s high-readiness units including 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron, No. 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron, 93 Expeditionary Armaments Squadron and they were fed by 3 Mobile Catering Squadron.

Squadron Leader Beverley Cartwright organised the visit. She said; “The Squadrons have done so well today. They’ve impressed Commodore Lines and his team with their professionalism and knowledge. Everyone has been very engaged and we’ve showcased the specialist skills which are the Squadrons’ forte.”

A mobile workshop of 5001 Squadron

The demonstration made a good impression on the SJFLogC HQ and Commodore Lines was enthusiastic in his praise for the A4 Force and for the educational value of his team’s visit to RAF Wittering.

Group Captain Rich Pratley is Commanding Officer of the A4 Force. He said: “The A4 Force supports deployed air operations; we will be first on the scene, making sure the RAF has what it needs. That is well understood, but there is no substitute for seeing something with your own eyes; the SJFLogC has seen what we do and met the people whose skills UK air operations depend on.”

Editor: Ed Palmer

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