UPS students visit RAF Brize Norton

Dec 13, 2023

Vicky

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UPS students visit RAF Brize Norton

Last month, our Uniformed Protective Services students visited RAF Brize Norton in Oxforshire.

Brize Norton is the largest RAF Station with approximately 5,800 Service Personnel, 300 civilian staff and 1,200 contractors. The Station is home to the RAF’s Air Mobility Force, encompassing Strategic and Tactical Air Transport, and Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) forces, as well as being host to many lodger and reserve units.

We arrived at the main gate to be met by a Corporal. The Corporal issued us with our passes and after a short period of time, we were allowed on the base.

Students met the commander of the education branch and she explained the different roles that are available and the entry requirements for the different trades. We were fortunate enough to be allowed on the airfield and sat inside a Voyager, a massive aircraft which could fit a helicopter inside! It is also used to fuel other planes whilst in the sky. We spoke to the pilot and he showed us the different controls in the cockpit and explained his role and career path.

We then went to the dog section and met many working dogs. We were briefed about their role and the difference between a working dog and a pet.

After a lovely free lunch in the Sergeants’ Mess, we learned about the role of a chef and the role of the Physical Training Instructor, and the sporting opportunities available to everyone working in the RAF. We were impressed with the facilities on the base, from the gym to the support for families.

We finished our visit with a walk through the Officers’ mess and then to the RAF airport, from which troops depart when being deployed.

It was a very educational trip, which gave an invaluable insight into the different careers and the life in the RAF.

 

   

Post by Vicky Hunt