RAF Leeming team are tops

Air Commodore Jayne Millington is given a guided tour of the Air Traffic Squadron at RAF Leeming by Squadron Leader Tats Tatters. (S)
Air Commodore Jayne Millington is given a guided tour of the Air Traffic Squadron at RAF Leeming by Squadron Leader Tats Tatters. (S)

MEMBERS of RAF Leeming’s Air Traffic Control Squadron celebrated with a special dinner after being pronounced the top Air Traffic unit in the Royal Air Force.

The North Yorkshire unit was presented with the prestigious Raytheon Falconer Trophy earlier this month.

Presented each year since 1982, the trophy is awarded to the RAF unit judged to have performed the best in a variety of areas including performance on operational deployment, sporting achievement, charitable commitments, support to the Station and support to wider defence.

Although a relatively small squadron of 28 personnel including 17 controllers, more than a third of the members of RAF Leeming’s Air Traffic Control squadron deployed out of area during 2010/11.

The section provided routine support to units such as the 100 Squadron Hawks and Joint Forward Air Controllers Training Standards Unit, but also controlled 395 visiting aircraft and 33 squadrons detached to the North Yorkshire station for exercises or training.

As well as providing a high level of performance on the air traffic control front, members of the Squadron were highly involved in community, Station and charity events. In his role as Royal Air Force Association Liaison Officer, Senior Air Traffic Control Officer, Squadron Leader Tats Tatters co-ordinated a team from RAF Leeming which cycled around Yorkshire to raise more than £2,500 for RAFA.

Other members of the squadron competed in the Great North Run and the Race for Life to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Cancer Research.

The squadron was also heavily involved in the RAF Leeming Families Day, with SACs Rebecca Crawford and Jennifer Bracewell commended for their efforts. On the sports front, members of Air Traffic Control competed in events including skiing and tri-service rugby.

The Raytheon Falconer Trophy was presented to Sqn Ldr Tatters by Mr Brian Cross, Director ATMS, Raytheon UK Ltd. He said: “I am thrilled that the servicemen and women of ATC Sqn have been awarded the Raytheon Falconer Trophy. It follows a frankly epic year, where every member of the Squadron has played a pivotal role in supporting operations and exercise commitment, improving flight safety and working above and beyond. “

Also attending the presentation was Air Commodore Jayne Millington, Head of Branch for Air Traffic Management, Air Battlespace Management and Flight Operations.