New Station Warrant Officer
Whilst deployed out of area serving with 83 Gp at Al Udeid, Warrant Officer Steve Roberts MBE was informed of his selection for the prestigious post of RAF Marham Station Warrant Officer.
“I was absolutely delighted and honoured to be selected’’ said Steve, “having already been at Marham for five years, working within the Forward and Depth organisations, I have the background on many of the issues facing this Unit and am looking forward to making things better for the personnel and families serving here and deployed’’.
Steve joined the RAF in 1978 as a supplier, in this role he would deal with the logistics of moving equipment and supplies to where it was required by the RAF. He has served in a variety of locations around the world, including tours of duty in RAF Germany at RAF Bruggen and RAF Gutersloh. Two NATO posts; in Belgium and Germany at the NATO Programming Centre Glons and NETMA Munich. Detachments have included the USA, Canada, Norway, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Belize, Turkey, Qatar and the South Atlantic Islands. More recently and whilst based at RAF Marham, Steve lead the Tornado Insertion Team into Kandahar in 2009 and was chosen to lead on the logistic element of the fast jet insertion at Gioia Del Colle airbase during OP ELLAMY.
Steve lives in North Norfolk with his fiancée Barbara and Airedale terrier Archie. During his off duty time he is on call for the Sheringham RNLI inshore lifeboat as the Launch and Recovery team leader and as a retained launch vehicle mechanic.
His other passion is as the curator of the RAF Marham Aviation RAF Marham’s New Station Warrant Officer Whilst deployed out of area serving with 83 Gp at Al Udeid, Warrant Officer Steve Roberts MBE was informed of his selection for the prestigious post of RAF Marham Station Warrant Officer. Heritage Centre. In 2011, Steve managed the closure of the previous station history room, making way for the new Force Operations Centre. He then campaigned for a suitable building to display RAF Marham’s rich history. On securing the old St Georges church in 2012, his team worked tirelessly to create the fantastic learning resource and museum we see today.
teve added “I am immensely proud of the achievements of the team over the past four years, leading up to and including the very successful opening of the Aviation Heritage Centre in April 2013. Furthermore, I would welcome visits organised through the chaplaincy clerk from schools, colleges, associations or history groups and also RAF Force Development groups to learn about the RAF in this region.’’ The Heritage Centre is open to the public every last Saturday of each month and has so far welcomed over 900 visitors.
Steve went on to state “I am looking forward immensely to the challenge of being the Station Warrant Officer during such a historic period for RAF Marham. The next few years will define the future of air power and the shape of the Royal Air Force and I am proud to be able to contribute to that effort. I am mindful though, that I can’t possibly do it all myself, so ask that everyone helps, everyone contributes to the team effort and helps me to continue to make the Unit mission capable and ready for the future.”