It’s our pleasure to welcome Rachel Bradshaw as an air training coordinator following 22 years in the Royal Air Force within people operations.
At RAF Coningsby, Rachel supported personnel establishing the Eurofighter Typhoon at Warton and deployed to the USA with the Fast Jet Weapons Evaluation Unit; shortly followed by a deployment to Op TELIC travelling to multiple austere locations within the Joint Operations Area. Upon return to RAF Coningsby, Rachel was selected for a position in Ministry of Defence, Whitehall working in the outer office for the Chief of the Air Staff during an intensive period of Op TELIC, Op HERRICK and 7/7 London.
Promoted, she moved to RAF Northolt working with reservists on 600 Squadron and Standards Evaluation, managing the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration. She also deployed to the Falkland Islands under Operational Intelligence Support Group.
Creeping back into the RAF ‘Lincolnshire triangle’ saw her assigned to Intelligence Surveillance and Targeted Acquisition Reconnaissance plans for just 18 months before another promotion took her to RAF Brize Norton; notably assisting with the establishment of the Airbus A400M and sadly the disbandment of 30 Squadron C-130J Hercules in 2016. She also deployed as personal assistant to the UK Air Component commander under 83 Expeditionary Air Group.
With another attempt to return to the ‘triangle’, Rachel was seconded to the Air and Space Warfare Centre supporting units across the globe and received a commendation for her work in the delivery of the RAF 100 Aircraft Tour, Birmingham. She became the adjutant on 41 Sqn, RAF Coningsby supporting squadron deployments and coordinated critical personnel recovery following a USA earthquake in 2019. With a further promotion she was assigned south again to UK Strategic Command into an intensive operational and finance role which aligned to further deployments across the world. Rachel’s adventures in the military concluded with a final tour to RAF Human Resources Assurance.
Wellbeing, inclusion, and mental health are a high priority for Rachel; she is dedicated to helping people no matter what the task or ask and supports the Royal Air Forces Association’s (RAFA) Connections for Life service as a befriender. Physical fitness is also part of her daily ritual (she was RAF Bobsleigh Novice Champion in 2018!) and never wanting to be stationary for long, she will find any excuse to organise events, make improvements and manage projects. She is always seeking new places to travel in the UK or the world with her family and friends.
Rachel now joins our Gladiator unit and we’re delighted to have her skills and experience on the team.
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