Leeming personnel ready for action

Royal Air Force (RAF) Leeming personnel on Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) for 2013 took part in Exercise (Ex) Adaptable Eagle on 15th-17th May 2012, as part of their preparation for their 2013 commitment. The exercise took place at RAF Leeming, with the main objectives being to set up a tented base, establish communications, clearly define the roles of each section, and take control of the air base. JFAC Air Commodore visited the exercise, in order to assess RAF Leemings future capabilities of becoming the Centre of Excellence for EAW Training. The Chief of Staff (COS) for Leemings EAW is Wing Commander Fin Monahan.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Leeming personnel on Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) for 2013 took part in Exercise (Ex) Adaptable Eagle on 15th-17th May 2012, as part of their preparation for their 2013 commitment. The exercise took place at RAF Leeming, with the main objectives being to set up a tented base, establish communications, clearly define the roles of each section, and take control of the air base. JFAC Air Commodore visited the exercise, in order to assess RAF Leemings future capabilities of becoming the Centre of Excellence for EAW Training. The Chief of Staff (COS) for Leemings EAW is Wing Commander Fin Monahan.
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RAF Leeming personnel could be asked to establish a short-notice airfield responding to anything from humanitarian and disaster relief to major air operations as part of a new NATO tasking that will last for the whole of 2013.

In order to prepare for its role as lead element of NATO Response Force 2013, a team from RAF Leeming took part in the first of a series of deployed exercises aimed at setting up an Expeditionary Air Wing headquarters.

The three-day field exercise involved confirming the resources required to establish an operational military-run airbase from an austere airfield, foreign base or existing airport. Warrant Officer Derek McDonough, Warrant Officer Logistics for the Expeditionary Air Wing, said: “This has been an extremely worthwhile exercise, the team pulled together to create a very functional camp.” He added: “There is a real sense of belonging within the Expeditionary Air Wing and it’s great to see everyone helping each other out so much.”

Wing Commander Fin Monahan, Chief of Staff for the Expeditionary Air Wing, said “I am extremely pleased with the effort put in by the Expeditionary Air Wing Team. Despite some challenging weather conditions, we established a tented headquarters.”