In November 2022, Global Enablement was created by combining the RAF Force Protection, Battlespace Management Operations and Support Forces.
This change brought together the Air Combat Support and Air Combat Service Support Units, under the leadership of a single 1* commander, Commander Global Enablement.
Global Enablement consists of 8000 individuals, including Officers, Aviators, Gunners and Civil Servants. Their main responsibility is to provide the specialised skills needed to support the global operations of the RAF's Air and Space capabilities.
Air Commodore Jamie Thompson, commands the Global Enablement organisation, providing specialist enabling units for the RAF and wider Defence.
Having joined the RAF as a Weapons Technician in 1997, he Commissioned in 2003, as a Communications Electronics Engineering Officer. He has served in Air Defence, Air Land Integration, Intelligence and Cyber Communications appointments. Having deployed on multiple global operations, he has had the privilege of command at every level, having recently commanded the RAF Regiment and RAF Police, before his current appointment.
A graduate of the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Program, he has also held command of NATO NCIA forces in the UK and served as the Deputy Principal Staff Officer to The Chief of Defence Staff
Our people are the spear tip for global operations, they ensure the RAF can operate where and when it needs to. I am immensely proud to work alongside so many great operators, who time and again complete their mission to the highest standard in the most testing circumstances.
Global Enablement is built around six different forces. These forces work together to train and operate in a way that ensures the RAF and Defence have highly prepared forces that can be quickly deployed when needed.
90 Signals Unit perform communications tasks to prepare, deploy, sustain and recover information services for multi-domain operations and exercises. This helps protect the RAF’s online space and digital services, making operations and the organisation more efficient using technology.
The Air Security Force consists of RAF Police, Military Provost Guard Service and Civil Servants who have a global responsibility for the policing and security of the RAF.
Battlespace Management Operations Force watches over the skies 24/7 in the UK, NATO airspace, and other places abroad. They direct military air systems to keep the UK and our NATO allies safe. They also provide Tactical Air Command and Control to air assets and enable Tactical Data Links (TDLs) in the UK and overseas.
The Medical Force delivers a global aeromedical evacuation service for defence. They plan medical care for air operations and prepare both regular and reserve RAF Medical Services staff, to go on missions and training activities all over the world.
The unmistakable sight and sound of the Red Arrows trailing their red, white and blue smoke as they passed low over Edinburgh Castle was just one of the many spectacles at this year’s Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo as the RAF took the lead.
Royal Air Force armament specialists have been tested alongside their US Air Force (USAF) counterparts at the annual Combat Ammunition Production Exercise.
The Royal Air Force Brize Norton based Tactical Medical Wing has taken part in one of the largest Aero Medical Evacuation exercises run for many years, Exercise Mobility Guardian 23.
17 specialised fire engines are to be provided to Ukraine; this comes as Ukraine approaches 500 days of being at war on Saturday.
Two RAF A400M Atlas are transporting UK search and rescue teams to Morocco following the 6.8 magnitude earthquake. The teams include sixty search and rescue specialists, a medical assessment team, four search dogs and rescue equipment.
The Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service (RAF MRS) is a blue-light emergency service for the provision of medical aid in the mountains, whether rescuing downed aircrew, missing military personnel or civilians.