Minister for Reserves Visits RAF Reserves Media Specialists

  |  Published: Jan 30th 2015

The Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier MP, had an opportunity to see one of the Royal Air Force’s newest Reserve units at RAF Halton this week. Mr Brazier visited RAF Media Reserves to learn how the RAF’s media operations specialists support UK forces on operations worldwide. During the visit, Mr Brazier also presented medals to two officers who helped coordinate the media coverage of the end of UK operations in Afghanistan late last year.

RAF Media Reserves was set up in 2013 to provide the RAF with a flexible and rapidly deployable media operations capability. Comprising 7644 (VR) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) and four flights at RAuxAF squadrons in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, RAF Media Reserves personnel are all highly skilled media professionals in civilian life. The unit has had an exceptionally busy year; in the last 12 months alone, media operations reservists have served on operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Cyprus.

The Officer Commanding RAF Media Reserves, Wing Commander Howard Leader, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister to RAF Halton today to see just how far we’ve come since we were set up last year. This is a hugely exciting time for RAF Media Reserves. We’ve put a great deal of effort into training some of the very best media operations personnel in the world, and I’m delighted at how busy we’ve been in support of the RAF, wherever it serves.”

During his visit, Mr Brazier presented Operation HERRICK medals to Flight Lieutenants Meg Fairhurst and Cameron Rennie. Flt Lt Fairhurst returned from a three-month tour of duty just a week before the Minister’s visit. During her tour she helped coordinate the international media effort to cover the end of UK operations in Afghanistan. Flt Lt Rennie’s tour of the Middle East and Afghanistan, in early 2014, saw such a boost in international coverage for RAF operations that he received a commendation from the Service’s senior commander in the region.

Flt Lt Fairhurst – whose civilian background is in broadcasting and teaching – said: “It’s been an absolute honour and a pleasure to have served on operations abroad. This is something I’ve wanted to do for most of my life, and I’m proud to have done it at such a pivotal time in history.

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