In April of 2007 one member of staff from 1297 Squadron took on another role within the RAF but away from the ATC.
Adult Sergeant James Brown became AC Brown. A trainee gunner with 2622 Highland Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force based at RAF Lossiemouth.
The Royal Auxiliary Air Force is part of the RAF Reserves and 2622 Highland Squadron is a Regiment Field Squadron.
Field squadrons are highly mobile, heavily armed infantry units optimised for active protection of air assets. They are extremely versatile and are able to counter the whole spectrum of ground-based threats to the RAF.
After the 2 week initial trainee gunner course held at RAF Lossiemouth (the last of these courses to be held at Lossiemouth) James has completed a minimum of 1 training weekend each month. Learning about First Aid, Field craft, Tactics, Field defences and CBRN.
James is well on his way to completing his initial training which culminates in a 2 week assessment known as exercise Omega. After successful completion of the exercise James will be presented with his RAF regiment mud guards and join one of the Rifle Flights on the Squadron.
James is still a member of Staff with 1297 Stonehaven Squadron and hopes to use his skills and knowledge from the RAF Regiment to provide instruction which promotes a practical interest into the RAF and training which will be useful both in the services and civilian life.
More information on 2622 Highland Squadron RAuxAF Regiment can be found at www.rafreserves.com or from the links page.