RAF Reservists Celebrate 25 Years

4626 (Aeromedical Evacuation) Squadron anniversary church service

RAF Reservists Celebrate 25 Years

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4626 (Aeromedical Evacuation) Squadron, an Auxiliary Squadron of the RAF based at RAF Lyneham, commemorated its 25th Anniversary on Saturday 18th October with a formal church parade and service attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire. A medal presentation saw the numerous members of the Squadron who have served overseas being recognised for their excellent and commendable efforts.

Many other VIPs attended the weekends’ celebratory events, including Air Chief Marshal, Sir William Wratten and 5 former Commanding Officers of the Squadron. Air Vice Marshal Barry Newton, the Honorary Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force stated in his speech:

‘This occasion can not pass without highlighting and reflecting upon the wonderful efforts and commitment that 4626 Squadron personnel have proven over the last 25 years. We all wish them every success for the next 25.’

An open day was held at RAF Lyneham earlier this summer for families, friends and civilian employers to thank them for their continued support to the Squadron personnel. The day also served to provide families and friends with an insight into the type of work the Squadron members become involved with as part of their role.

The Squadron is the only aeromedical evacuation unit in the Reserve forces, made up of qualified medical professionals who give up what little spare time they have in supporting the RAF’s Medical Services. The Squadron’s motto Tute Domum, which means ‘Safely Home’ reflects the Squadron’s role - to provide medical care to sick or injured personnel who require air transportation to a medical facility overseas or back in the UK.

Following its formation in 1983, 4626 Squadron was the first Auxiliary squadron since the Second World War to be mobilised in support of the 1991 Gulf War. The Squadron has since supported all major RAF operations including further conflicts in the Gulf and Balkan regions. The commitment of Squadron personnel is evident when over 90 per cent of them responded to the ‘call up’ for the Gulf Conflict and more recently in 2003, when following the Iraq invasion the Squadron evacuated over 800 sick and injured patients back to the UK.

Since 2006, members of the Squadron have been permanently deployed in support of British operations in Afghanistan on a continuous basis, transporting sick and injured personnel back to the UK.

4626 (Aeromedical Evacuation) Squadron is currently recruiting. Email jncorecruiting@4626sqn.raf.mod.uk or call 01249 896861 for further information.

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