News from II (AC) Sqn
It has already been an extremely busy year for Royal Air Force Marham based Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron.
The year began with a deployment to North America on Exercise RED FLAG in February, following on from this the Squadron celebrated their Centenary in May, involvement with hosting the BBC’s Antiques Road Show also in May, and currently the Squadron’s deployment on Operation HERRICK in Afghanistan. The Squadron, or Shiny Two as it is affectionately known, has embraced these challenges in addition to their very busy day to day role. Arguably one of the most ambitious challenges it will face, aside from its crucial role on operations; saving the lives of ground forces and Afghan civilians, will be the charity fund-raising target Shiny Two has set itself during its operational tour in Afghanistan.
To tie in with the Squadron’s Centenary, it’s personnel have set themselves an ambitious target of completing 1,074 km every day for 100 days, by either rowing, running, x-training or cycling the distance during their valuable downtime. Why 1074 km? Well this is a significant figure for Shiny Two as this was the distance that each of the Squadron’s BE2 biplanes flew on Shiny Two’s first ever deployment from Farnborough to Montrose in 1913, albeit over a period of six days!
The Squadron is raising funds for the charity ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’, which is based in King’s Lynn and provides days out for children whose mother or father has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Her Majesty’s Armed Forces on military operations. The donation page can be found at www.bmycharity.com/2sqn.
After only the first week of this challenge and despite the considerable operational demands, the Squadron was well on track to complete the distance. This is a huge task, but one that the Squadron is determined to complete as it is in aid of such a good cause – and a local cause too. The competitive spirit is already flowing amongst Squadron personnel and we look forward to providing an update on the progress made in reaching the total!