The Royal Air Force is an inclusive employer which supports and values difference. Our people are as varied as the roles they fulfil.

Here’s a selection of our personnel from around the RAF. 

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Cpl Tony Scowen

Tony is part of the RAF Police. Tony always wanted to be a policeman and to be able to travel, so he joined the RAF where he gets to do both. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Fg Off Alex Robson

Alex is a Flying Officer. Keen sportsperson Alex joined the RAF as an Administrative Officer just last year and is the RAF Benson Station Adjutant. 

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Chf Tech Dave Fegan-Long

Dave is an RAF fencer and engineer. Since joining the RAF he has achieved more than he thought possible, including completing an 8hr repair in 60mins in Iraq - the aircraft saved a soldier's life.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Richard Retallick

Richard and Riki, his Military Working Dog, help provide security for RAF Benson.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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SAC Rosetta Norbert

Rosetta is an RAF chef. Recently, she was awarded Best in Class, Chef of the Year and Best Female Competitor of the Year.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Flt Lt Peter Smiley

Peter is a pilot and Co-Responder. He's inspired by his missions in Iraq & Afghan, flying Medical Emergency Response Teams and delivering Christmas mail. Peter is pictured during 'Wet Drills'.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Emma Pook

Emma is an RAF Firefighter that challenges preconceptions. Alongside firefighting & crash rescue, she is the RAF Hockey goalkeeper.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Chanel Walker

Chanel is a Surface Finisher and enjoys her job as part of a small team that conducts a full Puma aircraft repaint.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Sgt Rachel Malthouse

Rachel is an RAF photographer. Rachel took charge of the RAF Benson Photo Section in 2016 after 17 years working across the globe, photographing incredible people and situations. 

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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LAC Emma Ockendon

Emma is an Aircraft Technician Mechanical with 33 Squadron. Emma started her career in the RAF with the Puma Force. 

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC (T) Lewis Mayers

Lewis is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) who provides serviceable components for Puma helicopters which enables rapid deployments like on Op Ruman.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Olivia Duckworth

Olivia is a supplier. She is also a keen swimmer and rower that is proud of winning the inter-Service Rowing competition in 2016 and 2017; a first for the RAF.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Ashley Webb

Ashley from the RAF Regiment helped new recruits to achieve their goals at RAF Halton. Deploying 5 times, he's proud of helping bring stability and peace.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Flt Lt Kit Brash

Kit Brash is a pilot with 6 Air Experience Flight, providing air experience flights to cadets. Kit is most proud of receiving his flying wings.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC(T) Alistair Sammon

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Melissa Benfield

Melissa joined the RAF Police team in 2016. She is also part of the medal winning RAF Women's Bobsleigh Team.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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WO Caroline Cooper

Caroline is an RAF Medic. She has helped to save lives across the world and has been most inspired by the determination of injured personnel she has treated.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Dr Deepna Varsani

Dr Deepna Varsani is a civilian dentist in RAF Benson's Dental Centre. Deepna chose the role to work in a unique environment. She is proud of helping to improve dental fitness and ensuring personnel are fit to deploy.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Sgt Helen Carter

Helen is an Aircraft Technician Mechanical in the Puma 2 Maintenance Flight. Helen joined the RAF to travel the world and has done just that while preparing helicopters for the front line.
 

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Rhian Reffell

Rhian, originally from Australia, joined the RAF for a career change from the Hard Rock Cafe. Alongside being a guide leader, she is leading innovation with the new Blue Skies team.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Wesley Cummings

Wesley is a General Technician Workshops. He manufactures and repairs components for aircraft, vehicles and specialist equipment. He's proud of the bespoke items he has designed and created.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Wg Cdr Jez Browning

Jez is an Engineer (Aerosystems). He still gets a thrill from donning his uniform, reminding him of the legacy that all who serve uphold.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Hannah Fry

Hannah is an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic. She completed her trade training at RAF Cosford and now keeps the Chinooks of 28 Squadron flying, to train future aircrew.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Flt Lt Joan Ochuodho

Joan oversees Human Resources delivery for RAF Benson.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Matthew Wood

Matthew is a General Technician Electrical. After 14 months of hard work on his trade training, Matthew has worked with colleagues from Germany, France and the USA to achieve common goals. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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SAC Niall Carlyle-Reid

Niall is an RAF firefighter. Still in the early stages of his career, Niall is looking forward to the endless opportunities and experiences that a RAF life can offer.  

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Gp Capt (Retd) Philip Pinney CVO

Philip is a former Station Commander. Born in New Zealand to a military family, Gp Capt Pinney served in the RAF for 36 years.  

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Deborah Dickson

Deborah is one of RAF Benson's tailors. Since 2010 she has ensured our personnel's No1 uniforms are fitted and maintained to the highest standard.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Karl Soare

Karl is an RAF Regiment Gunner who prepares personnel for deployments worldwide. When he's not at work, he dons a different uniform to save lives in another way - as a SCAS Co-Responder. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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FS Justin Kmieciak-Thorpe

Justin is a crewman and Tactical Training Instructor. Justin instructs crewmen from all 3 services and uses his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan; saving lives with the MERT teams.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Rebecca Hunt

Rebecca is RAF Benson's Engagement Support Officer. Civil Servant Rebecca is quickly realising she can achieve things she didn't have the courage to try before.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC(T) George Tyson

George is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical). George saw the benefits of learning a trade with the RAF. He's proud of helping save lives on Op HERRICK by keeping Chinook MERT missions flying.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Sgt Simon McNamara

Simon is an ICT Technician. Growing up in a forces family, Simon knew he was destined to join the RAF and now leads the team looking after Puma and Chinook mission support systems.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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PC Robert Smith

Robert is a Tactical Flight Officer. He joined the police to make a difference and is proud of serving his community. 

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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WO Steve Guppy

Steve is a Service Community Support Officer. Due to retire soon, RAF Regiment Reservist Steve received an MBE in 2012, partly for his services to RAF Association and The Royal British Legion.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Chief Tech Paula Cil

Paula is an RAF engineer, managing the technical trade for the Puma Force. She joined the RAF to fix aircraft and now inspires future generations as a STEM Ambassador.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Flt Lt Paul Hutton

Paul is a Puma pilot. In 2017, Paul joined 230 Squadron known as 'Tigers' because of their badge, where he says he has the "ultimate dream job". 

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Steven Potter

Steven is RAF Benson's groundskeeper. It's no easy task to maintain a whole airfield but he does an outstanding job.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Sam Rowe

MT driver, Sam, joined the RAF to travel and better himself and it has given him that chance - from the USA to Falklands.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Wg Cdr Toria McPhaden

Toria started her RAF life on Oxford University Air Squadron 20 years ago and loves being back where it all began. She and her dog, Henry, are a much loved part of RAF Benson.  

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC James Maltby

James is an RAF driver. The 22 year old has deployed to Spain, Sweden and most recently the Caribbean. Supporting emergency aid delivery on Op RUMAN was one of his proudest moments.  
 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Sgt James 'Ash' Ashwell

James is a former Chinook crewman. Joining at the age of 15 on a YTS scheme, he has worked on Chinook, Hercules and Tristar before joining RAF Benson to train future Chinook crews with 28 Squadron.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Fg Off David Algar

David is an Air Traffic Control Officer. David joined the RAF in 2016 to challenge himself and now ensures safety in the skies for military and civilian aircraft.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Heather Kemp

At the heart of our RAF family is RAF Benevolent Fund regional fundraiser, Heather Kemp. So dedicated to helping our personnel, she even ran the Reading Half Marathon with us.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Tony Hawke

Tony Hawke is an RAF photographer. A keen surfer, Tony joined the RAF in 1999 to learn a new skill, meet new people and travel to new places. 

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Kelly Flynn

Kelly is an ICT Technician. Alongside her day job keeping us all networked and connected, Kelly is proud to be Secretary of the RAF LGBT+ Freedom Network, the largest RAF employee network.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Annabel Dennison

Annabel is a Dental Nurse helping to make sure all our personnel are dentally fit to deploy worldwide since 2015.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Rachel Kay

Rachel Kay works in the Puma Force Flight Operations.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Robert Hardwick

Former RAF Warrant Officer Robert Hardwick is a Health & Safety Advisor, he injects a bit of comedy to help reduce accidents and incidents - over 40% in the last 4 years.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Liam Price

Liam is a Survival Equipment Specialist. Despite finishing 5th in the world at single scull rowing, his proudest moment is still graduating from RAF Halton in front of his family.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Sqn Ldr Sophie Allen

Sophie Allen is a Deputy Senior Medical Officer

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Sqn Ldr Darren Howe

Darren is a Chinook Senior Engineering Officer on 28 Squadron. Since 2007, Darren has represented the RAF at motorsport and was one of the winning team at a 6hr race that will feature on Top Gear.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Flt Lt Joshua Elliott

Joshua is a junior engineering officer on 33 Squadron. He joined the RAF in 2014 to work with "driven and talented people on highly capable aircraft around the world".

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Gemma Munro

Gemma is the manager of The Hairbase. She loves helping our personnel keep up to date with the latest trends while staying within regulations.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC George Chappell

George joined the RAF as a Supplier in 2012 and is proud to serve in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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FS Alan Sharp

Alan is a highly experienced Puma 2 engineer. He is also Captain of the RAF Clay Pigeon Shooting Association; competing in English, British and World Champs. 

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Daniel Walkingshaw

Daniel is a Mover. He joined the RAF in 2011 where he supports the deployments of all personnel and equipment on exercises and operations around the world.  

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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LAC Vanessa Franklin

Vanessa is a driver with 606 Squadron RAF Reserves, and Red Kite Scarlett. She is originally from Australia and joined in 2016. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Wg Cdr Andy Baron

Andy is a Puma pilot who joined the RAF to fly in 1998. Last autumn he led the RAF Benson elements delivering emergency aid in the Caribbean.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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FS Daniel Whittington

Daniel is a 33 Squadron Weapons System Operator. He has spent his career saving lives with the Puma and Search & Rescue teams.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Sgt Zara McIntosh

Zara is an Exercise Remedial Instructor, she specialises in musculoskeletal rehabilitation ranging from those with severe trauma to sports injuries.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Justin Wallace

Justin Wallace delivers essential pre-deployment training. The RAF Regiment Gunner has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Holly Roberts

Holly is a Catering and Hospitality Specialist. Having served Her Majesty, Holly recently achieved a Gold medal at the tri-service culinary competition.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Helen Stephens

Helen joined the Medical Centre team at the end of 2017 and is the Pharmacy Technician who prepares and dispenses medicines for personnel and families.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Zachary Clarke

Zachary is a Survival Equipment Specialist. Specialising in individual aircrew equipment, he fits and repairs life-saving equipment used by 28 Squadron.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC(T) Connor Davies

Connor is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) in the Puma 2 Transmission Bay. Connor joined the RAF in 2012 to learn new skills, work on aircraft and take part in new sports. 

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Michael Prendergast

Michael is RAF Benson's volunteer historian and curator of the Station's Ethos and Heritage Facility. Former RAF and Civil Servant, Michael created the facility from scratch.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Sgt Rob Reader

Rob Reader is a Weapons System Operator with 33 Squadron, a critical part of the 3-person crews that operate the Pumas.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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SAC Alexandria Stewart

Alexandria is the PA to the RAF Benson Station Commander. She joined in 2016 after completing her trade training as Personnel Support

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Craig Lenane

Corporal Craig Lenane is an RAF Physical Training Instructor

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Amy Lupton

Amy is an RAF photographer. The highlight of her first tour has been filming an inspirational promo video for the late FS Anna Irwin.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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WO David 'Geordie' Rothwell

David is a Warrant Officer. He joined the RAF Regiment in 1985 and has since deployed more than 11 times to locations across the world. 

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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(Retired) Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE

(Retired) Air Commodore Charles Clarke OBE was in the RAF between 1941-1978 serving 37 years. He spent time as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 3, known from the film, The Great Escape, and survived The Long March of January 1945.

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SAC Tom North

Tom North is a driver for 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron. Tom assisted the local emergency services during Storm Emma to provide his driving skills to help nurses and medical staff to get to where they needed to be. 

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Flt Lt Elizabeth Herbert

Elizabeth Herbert is a Captain for one of the Voyager aircraft in 101 Squadron. Herbert pilots the aircraft on a range of tasking such as Air to Air Refuelling of other RAF aircraft.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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Sgt Eddie Raffles

Eddie Raffles is the most travelled bear in the RAF flying in RAF Benson's Chinook and Puma. Eddie is completing his own log book and will be raffled off once he has finished his RAF flying career. 

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Flt Lt Simon Phillips

Simon Phillips is a Junior Engineer Officer (JEngO), from RAF Coningsby. As the JEngO, he leads 45 aircraft technicians to ensure the availability and airworthiness of the aircraft on Exercise Red Flag.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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SAC (T) Lauren Cassin

Lauren is an Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) at RAF Coningsby. Currently, on Exercise Red Flag, she ensures all aircraft are ready to meet the daily flying programme.

Image by SAC James Skerrett
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Cpl Kimberly Springhall

Kimberly is an RAF Nurse based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Flt Lt Emma Spencer

Emma is an RAF Nurse in the Cardiac Department at the OU Hospital. Emma was part of the Tactical Medical Team conducting worldwide Aeromedical Evacuations.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Cpl Peter Harper

Peter always wanted to be a firefighter and joined the RAF​ in 2005. He's worked in some of the harshest of environments and is proud of helping to change lives.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Sgt Luke Noyle

Luke, an Air Traffic Controller, completed trade training last year and has already looked after Puma, Chinook and the Red Arrows.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke
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Pte Romeo Rokomaiqisa

Romeo is part of the [Military Provost Guard Service] who provide 24/7 security. Originally from Fiji, he joined the British Army in 2003 and has completed tours in Afghanistan as well as public duties at Buckingham Palace.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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Pte Oliver Murden

Oliver Murden is a British Army driver with the Royal Logistics Corps, trained to drive and maintain all Army vehicles whatever the conditions or weather. He joined the RAF Benson team in 2016.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Jacqueline Paxton

Jacqueline worked as a carer for many years, and for the past 17 years has been one of the essential team members working tirelessly behind the scenes.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Jacob O'Keeffe

Jacob qualified as an RAF supplier last year and works in the Technical Stores. He represents the RAF in football and cross country and has also completed an overseas expedition to the Grand Canyon.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Cpl Alexander Copas

Alexander is a Weapons Technician who has worked worldwide with aircraft including Puma, Chinook, Typhoon and Hercules.

Image by SAC Amy Lupton
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Revd (Sqn Ldr) Philip Corrigan

Philip is Chaplain at RAF Benson and provides support to all, regardless of faith.

Image by Sgt Rachel Malthouse
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SAC Matthew Wickens

Matthew, an Engineer on 230 Squadron maintains Pumas. He has taken part in inspirational activities such as taking supplies to a Kenyan orphanage while on detachment.

Image by Cpl Tony Hawke

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