As we approach the end of 2011 I look back on an eventful year and the 9 months that I have been Station Commander. We have had an extremely busy time that has tested our capabilities to the fullest extent. The anticipated drawdown of operational commitments post Iraq was soon replaced by RAF led operations over Libya. The hard work by all staff at RAF High Wycombe, whether involved directly or in a supporting role helped ensure the success of Operation ELLAMY and the continuing success on all other operations. I include in this those back at High Wycombe supporting from afar and most importantly supporting the loved ones of those deployed. Of course a shadow has been cast over the year with the sad loss of many of our servicemen both on operations and at home; we have been directly affected by such passings and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this time.
We have, however, ridden through Tranche 1 of the Services redundancies, seen the start of the implementation of the Capability & Structures Review here at High Wycombe and remained constant in our professionalism. We have had fun along the way, with many valuable visits to the Station, the first RAF High Wycombe Annual Reception and the honour of receiving the Freedom of the District, to name but a few events – for this I thank all my staff.
As we look forward to 2012 and the Diamond Jubilee year we must continue to hold our head high and face whatever challenges come our way. The Capability and Structure Review will challenge us and I ask to be as adaptable as possible throughout this period of change. Finally, may I take this opportunity to give by heartfelt thanks for all the hard work you have given during 2011 and wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.