Number 3 Force Protection Wing
The Autumn quarter proved to be another busy period for 3 FP Wg who are charged with providing FP and Security at 8 stations across the RAF and in close support of the Lightning Force.
August saw the departure of the Wg Chief of Staff (COS), Sqn Ldr Bragg. She left for HQ Air Command, and with a gapped position on the Wg, Flt Lt Hudson stepped in as acting COS. The Wg also took the opportunity to welcome the new RAF Marham Stn Cdr with an informal working lunch in the Wg HQ. The lunch provided an excellent opportunity for Gp Capt Beck to meet Wg personnel while discussing the capabilities and assistance to station that the Wg provides.
In order to rehearse Wg command and control technical capability, personnel from the Wg HQ deployed to Stanford Training Area on Ex PILA COMMUNICATOR. The exercise provided the opportunity to practise core skills; day and night navigation, basic tactical communication, administration in the field and Wg HQ Command Post capability were all tested. The exercise also provided useful preparation for the Holding Officers ahead of their Phase 2 training at RAF Honington in 2020. Plt Off Barber gained much from his experience, becoming deeply acquainted with one of the tributaries to the River Wissey during the night navigation serial.
As always, 3 FP Wg continues to provide representation across RAF sporting events. Flt Lt Mace competed at the Joint Services Rowing Regatta held at Peterborough City Rowing Club. He was victorious in the men’s pair, the men’s quad and the men’s 8. Thanks in part to his efforts, the RAF were the overall winners of the inter-services regatta. Elsewhere, Cpl Brown attended the inter-services Snowboarding championships in Tamworth competing in slopestyle, boardercross and slalom events, finishing 6th overall. Flt Lt Hudson continued his Biathlon and Nordic skiing preparation by attending a training camp and GB Roller Ski Races in Scotland and then later at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.
In support of the station and wider community, 3 FP Wg personnel organised and took part in the annual Battle of Britain day at Cherry Tree Academy. Second World War themed lessons and games were held in the morning and a ‘SECRET’ mission involving finding German Luftwaffe pilots in the woods around the school was held in the afternoon.