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RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire provides the support to enable lodger units to deliver global operations.
Wing Commander Mawdsley took command of RAF Henlow in August 2018. During her career she has deployed on Operations and Exercises all over the world, including Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. As a Flight Lieutenant she was posted to Las Vegas where she was the RAF Liaison Officer responsible for all RAF Air Transport movements across the West of the United States. Promoted to Squadron Leader, Mawdsley was posted to the Defence Support Chain Operations and Movements organisation at Andover and then Abbey Wood. On return from deployment to Operation HERRICK she took up command of Number 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron at RAF Wittering. Following a staff tour in the MOD as the NATO desk officer within the international engagement team in Defence Logistics, Mawdsley was promoted to Wing Commander in 2015.
RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6DN.
A small and independent group of specialist investigators tasked with ‘Policing the Skies’. Their role is to support the effective delivery of Air Power through the timely investigation of complaints regarding military aircraft (RN, AAC, RAF, MOD Contracted Agencies, and Visiting Foreign Forces) using the United Kingdom Low Flying System, including:
a. Indiscipline of aircrew
c. Injury to personnel, livestock and damage to property
d. Low flying
e. Frequency of overflights
DFCIT’s ethos is encapsulated in the promotion of effective and lasting community relations with aircrew and the general public
The PMDI located at RAF Henlow is a component part of HQ RAF Police, they provide management, advice and coordinate all Military Working Dog (MWD) issues essential to the development, delivery and sustainment of the HQ RAF Police mission. The PMDI conduct the annual testing and licensing of all MWD within the Force through a rolling programme of visits and Technical Evaluations.
Cyber Forensics Team extract and analyse all digital data in a forensically sound manner to a standard accepted by the British judicial system. Exploitation of data stored on computers, mobile phones, tablets, Sat Navs and other storage devices. They provide digital forensics support to criminal and security investigations.
CAM consists of 3 Wings: Aviation Medicine Wing, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Wing and Support Wing. Aviation Medicine Wing conducts the valuation and testing of new aircrew clothing and equipment, modification of equipment and the evaluation of mid-life upgrades; accident investigation, which involves medical aspects of aircrew injuries, the evaluation of aircrew survival aids, ejection seats, parachutes, helmets and aircrew clothing. They also have 3 psychologists who look a the Human Factors involved in air accidents. The training section teaches aviation medicine topics to both aircrew and medical officers, while the aviation physiology section carries out operationally focused research.
Following the restructuring of The Corps of Army Music in March 2014, the Band was officially re-named The Band of The Queen’s Division. It wears a traditional scarlet ceremonial uniform based on the Regiments it represents. The Band is based at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire. It is the only remaining Band of two that was formed in 1994 to support the Queen’s Division, the other being The Normandy Band. The two divisional Bands were formed from the former Bands of the Regiments that make up the Queen’s Division.
The Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG) is the UK’s Arms Control Verification Agency and was formed in 1990 at RAF Scampton to implement the UK’s international arms control commitments and related agreements. The unit seeks to enhance security amongst nations by promoting confidence and openness in military matters. JACIG relocated to RAF Henlow in May 1996. Currently 19 strong, JACIG personnel are drawn from the Army and the RAF. The majority are officers or SNCOs from a wide cross-section of professional disciplines.
(SCIS)Support Chain Information Services (SCIS) was formed under the Inventory Management Operating Centre (IMOC) in 2013, bringing together many of the teams in Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) that support Logistics Information Systems. SCIS is responsible for the commissioning and through life management and support of Logistic Information Services (Log IS) in support of ACDS (Log Ops). This includes Support Chain, Engineering and the management of information exchanges both within and across MOD boundaries with Industry and other Government Departments. Through its strategic partnership with its Delivery Partner - Boeing Defence UK (BDUK), SCIS directly supports the Defence Logistics Vision to deliver effective and efficient E2E logistic information services, which are fully integrated with Industry in order to improve operational effectiveness.
The RAF was only six weeks old when Lieutenant Colonel Robert Francis Stapleton-Cotton and a party of 40 airmen arrived from RAF Farnborough on 10 May 1918.
The Lieutenant Colonel was to become the first CO of RAF Henlow in August 1918. Although still under construction, the Depot had achieved a limited output of Bristol Fighters and De Havilland aircraft.
In the original list of RAF Stations for April 1918, Henlow counts among only five other stations which remain open as RAF stations today: Halton, Leuchars, Northolt, Waddington and Wittering.
During the war years, RAF Henlow became one of the largest RAF Maintenance Units in the country and made an invaluable contribution to the war effort. It is a proud part of our history that RAF Henlow contributed (albeit indirectly) to the Battle of Britain, repairing Hurricanes that were damaged during the Battle.
After World War Two, a new role developed for the station, that of radio equipment calibration and signals development.
Through the years RAF Henlow has been home to the Parachute Test Unit, the Royal Air Force Technical College, the RAF Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) and the Officers’ Command School & Intermediate Command & Staff Course.
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