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47 Air Despatch Humanitarian Relief Effort

On 7 August 2014 with summer leave in sight, 47 Air Despatch Squadron received a call activating two Air Despatch crews, preparing loads from UK Aid for air despatch in Northern Iraq.

Hard graft and good planning enabled them to quickly prepare twelve 1 tonne loads for the first despatch, working with RAF Loadmasters and ground engineers frantically preparing the aircraft for imminent departure (complete with media team).

The crew over the next few days flew numerous sorties despatching tonnes of aid, including water purification units, solar lanterns and shelter kits to the thousands of displaced refugees in Iraq.

There was substantial media attention for interviews and the Defence Minister visited to see the Joint UK military effort. Reflecting on what they had achieved, 47 Air Despatch Squadron were all exceptionally proud to be able to directly influence the welfare and conditions of those most vulnerable and in desperate need on the ground.

The Royal Logistic Corps

Congratulations to RLC soldier LCpl Stu Elvin of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Bassingbourn Barracks, who has received two bronze medals at the World Rowing Indoor Championships 2021. LCpl Elvin has represented the Army in rowing for a number of years. Having individually qualified at the British Championships for the Men's (age 30-39) 500m to race at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men's Team race. The races took place on 23 Feb 21, where LCpl achieved third place in his individual race and an hour later, he received another bronze medal as he played an integral part of the Armed Forces Men's Team. His commitment and success in rowing is nothing short of impressive with his ability to balance work, training and family life along with the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Competing in any sport at this level requires a unique strength and determination – something which the LCpl displays in abundance, putting in hours of solitary training, where he has had to use his mental resilience to push himself further than most would. ... See MoreSee Less
W O R L D _ R E C O R D _ A T T E M P TMajor Jacquie Barlow, OC at ITC Catterick is attempting a Guinness World Record by running 61 Half Marathons in 61 days, back to back______Challenging herself throughout, with the aim of raising money towards Macmillan Cancer Support after both herself and family received outstanding support from them when Major Barlow had a tumour back in 2011______ Please follow her story over the next few days and if you can kindly spare a donation then all shall be very much appreciated www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jacquie-davies3_______ ... See MoreSee Less