Since the last update we continue to expand our portfolio of customers.
Firstly, we connected to the Royal Navy’s synthetic facility at HMS Collingwood and also to 849 Sqn RNAS who are based in Cornwall. It is somewhat ironic that we can connect to the RN’s facility over 300 miles away, but we cannot connect with the comparative RAF capability in the hangar next door! Also, just last week, we designed, managed and delivered a distributed synthetic Exercise (RED KITE) and successfully integrated USAF B-1Bs out of Dyess AFB Texas, C17s from Charleston, North Carolina and C-130s and CV22s from Hurlburt AFB, Florida. Much was learnt and great training was delivered by the team. Hopefully, the RAF’s successor programme to the ABTC (DOTC Air) will benefit from the knowledge acquired. The team also spent all of August delivering the highly demanding Ex PANOPTICON WARRIOR, which is the practical phase of the ISR Weapons Instructor’s Course. I say demanding because this Ex requires 2 full deliveries every day, double our normal output - indeed, we delivered 27 full scenarios in the 3 weeks and also worked Sundays to keep the course on track, so a busy summer has been “enjoyed”. Thankfully though, everyone fitted some leave in and all managed to get a well-deserved break.
The ABTC continues to receive external recognition for the quality of the training we deliver. Following on from our AOC 1 Group commendation, we recently received notification that the RAF had successfully nominated us for a Royal Aeronautical Society award. It was recently confirmed that we have been awarded their Team Bronze Medal for 2015, and are looking forward to collecting the award in London in late November.
Finally, I’d like to introduce the ABTC’s new OC, Wg Cdr Martin (Ruth) Rendell, who replaced Matt Grafton in July. Matt is now on the DOTC(Air) and is responsible for the White Force requirements. Ruth is a weapons instructor from the Tornado F3 but don’t let that put you off, he’s a really nice guy!
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