A new joint memorial to the RAF Servicing Commandos and Tactical Supply Wing was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum on 21th August 2021. The memorial was commissioned by the RAF Servicing Commandos and Tactical Supply Wing Association.
The RAF Servicing Commandos from WWII are recognised as the forebears of the modern day Tactical Supply Wing, and the two organisations have enjoyed a close relationship for over 30 years through a joint Association. This affiliation is reflected in the memorial, with each unit having their own memorial stone, which sit side-by-side in recognition of the shared heritage.
The unveiling coincides with Tactical Supply Wing's 50th anniversary as an operational unit. The ceremony included a 12-person guard of honour by Tactical Supply Wing personnel and a flypast by a Spitfire aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
In attendance to the prestigious unveiling ceremony were both military and civilian VIP representatives. Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group, Air Vice Marshall Gillespie CBE, Air Vice Marshall Hill CBE, Head of Logistics Branch and Trades, and Group Captain Huntley, Deputy Support Force Commander supported the event representing the RAF. Local civilian dignitaries included, but not limited to, the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ, the Mayor of Stafford Mr Tony Nixon and the MP for Stafford and Stone, Ms Theodora Clarke MP.
"The unveiling of the joint RAF Servicing Commandos and Tactical Supply Wing memorial at the National Arboretum is a symbolical moment, which recognises the shared heritage and long-standing association between these two organisations. Such a place of remembrance and reflection will be hugely valued by all those with links to these units and is a very fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of Tactical Supply Wing."
Wing Commander Smith
Commanding Officer Tactical Supply Wing