On 1 April the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year. The centenary itself will feature events, activities and other initiatives running nationwide from April to the end of September 2018. The RAF100 Baton Relay will take the campaign to communities in every region of the UK, carried by 20 RAF sports associations, serving RAF personnel, reservists, RAF Air Cadets and veterans.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF, said:
2018 marks a unique moment in the RAF’s long and proud history of service to our nation. This important moment allows us to re-affirm that the inspirational spirit of our men and women remains as strong today as it was a century ago, and has been throughout our rich history. We now look forward with confidence and pride to a future of aspiration, opportunity and success for the entire RAF family.
It is intended that the RAF100 Baton Relay will visit every region of the UK and several overseas locations including the Falkland Islands, Washington DC, the Middle East and Afghanistan, from 1 April to 10 July 2018. Twenty RAF sports associations are involved in the Relay, which will see the RAF100 Baton carried on a variety of RAF aircraft, vehicles and sports equipment by personnel from the RAF, RAF Reserves, RAF Air Cadets and wider RAF Family.
The RAF100 Baton Relay was conceived by the RAF Orienteering Association; every participant is expected to plan his or her own route in order to promote navigational skills, fundamental both to the sport of orienteering and the military training received by RAF personnel. The RAF100 Baton was designed and manufactured by RAF apprentices at No. 4 School of Technical Training, MOD St Athan, and represents the RAF’s century of service to the Nation.