RAF Structure: Part 3: Wings

A wing is either an operational sub-division of a group or an administrative sub-division of an RAF station.

Independent Wings are a grouping of two or more squadrons, either flying squadrons or ground support squadrons. In former times, numbered flying wings have existed, but recently they have been created only when required. For example during Operation Telic, Tornado GR4 wings were formed to operate from Ali Al Salem and Al Udeid air bases and the Tornado F3 equipped Leuchars Fighter Wing at Prince Sultan Air Base; each of these were made up of aircraft and crews from several squadrons.

On 31 March 2006, the RAF formed nine Expeditionary Air Wings (EAWs) in order to support operations. They were established at the nine main operating bases; RAF Coningsby, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Kinloss, RAF Leeming, RAF Leuchars, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Lyneham, RAF Marham and RAF Waddington numbered Nos 121, 122, 325, 135, 125, 140, 38, 138 and 34 EAWs respectively. These units are commanded by a Group Captain who is also the parent unit’s Station Commander. The EAW comprises the non-formed unit elements of the station that are required to support a deployed operating base, i.e. the command and control, logistics and administration functions amongst others. They are designed to be flexible and quickly adaptable for differing operations. They are independent of flying squadrons, Air Combat Support Units (ACSU) and Air Combat Service Support Units (ACSSU) who are attached to the EAW depending on the task it has been assigned.

A wing is also an administrative sub-division of an RAF station. Historically, for a flying station these were normally Operations Wing, Engineering Wing and Administration Wing and each wing was commanded by an officer of wing commander rank. Early in the 21st century, the model changed, with Engineering Wing typically being split into Forward Support Wing and Depth Support Wing, while Administration Wing was redesignated Base Support Wing.

Drills and Thrills – Manufacturing Industry on the Rise

Article courtesy of The Sun Online – http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/money/bestofbritish/4112993/Drills-n-thrill-for-Julie-White.html

“A woman who bought her family’s engineering firm at the height of the crunch claims the UK economy is on the up.

Julie White, 44, runs D-DRILL, a Coventry-based diamond drilling group specialising in cutting and sawing through concrete.

Since taking over in 2008 she has bagged work in the House of Commons, London’s Shard building, and Moscow.

Backing our Best of British campaign to showcase UK success, Julie said: “I think we are coming out of recession.

“Turnover fell about 40 per cent in 2008 but it’s coming back and more companies want to do more with us. There’s too much doom and gloom around.”

In response Paul Lewis of Forces Recruitment Services East Brimingham comments: “It just goes to show that not all is lost for manufacturing industries and companies who have more of a traditional trade than digital IT or online. We have candidates sign up with us on a daily basis, looking for employment in these traditional industries. Individuals who are ex-forces members who have served a minimum of 6-22 years service, are well structured in their approach to work, reliable and loyal. Contact us today if you have any requirements for staff in manufacturing or engineering roles.”

Bonus row: The small companies where bonuses work

As chief executives face public pressure over their annual bonuses, many smaller companies find bonuses are a useful tool to help improve productivity.

At D-Drill in Coventry, workers like Mark Bartlam are paid an hourly wage but also receive extra based on how much work they can do.

The scheme has improved production – but can the same be said for the bonus culture in large companies and banks?

Graham Satchell reports (courtesy of the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16977610) Please click the link for full video as the code doesn’t appear to work.

The first 72 days: Driver and crewman in Kabul

Sig Tonkinson is a Communications Logistic Specialist (CLS) currently stationed with 1st United Kingdom Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment (1 (UK) ADSR) based in Herford, Germany. She is deployed on Op HERRICK 15 where she is employed as both a driver and crewman as part of Souter Force Protection Transport Company (SFPTC), stationed at Camp Souter in Kabul.

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RAF Structure Part 2


Groups are the subdivisions of operational commands; these are responsible for certain types of operation or for operations in limited geographical areas. As from 1 April 2007, three groups exist:

  • 1 Group (the Air Combat Group): controls the RAF’s combat fast jet aircraft and parents airfields at RAF Odiham, RAF Benson, RAF Leeming, RAF Coningsby, RAF Leuchars, RAF Wittering, RAF Cottesmore, RAF Marham and RAF Lossiemouth in the UK in addition to RAF Unit Goose Bay in Canada, which is used extensively as an operational training base. RAF Spadeadam, in Cumbria, is also within its sphere of responsibility.
  • 2 Group (the Air Combat Support Group): controls the strategic and tactical air transport aircraft, the RAF Regiment, the RAF’s air-to-air refuelling aircraft as well as Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) and search and rescue assets.
  • 22 Group: responsible for recruiting, personnel management and training.

In addition, No. 83 Group RAF, under the command of the Permanent Joint Headquarters, is active in the Middle East, supporting operations over Iraq and Afghanistan.


An RAF station is ordinarily subordinate to a group and it is administratively sub-divided into wings. Since the mid to late 1930s RAF stations have controlled a number of flying squadrons or other units at one location by means of a station headquarters.

Forces Recruitment Services the UK’s leading and longest established specialist ex-military recruiter has placed its 1000th candidate into permanent employment

“FRS Managing Director Graham Brown, said “We are delighted to reach this milestone  -especially as many recruitment consultancies have struggled in the recent economic climate”. Brown went on to say “it is the perfect way to round off  our 10th anniversary celebrations” – which will also see the launch of further new offices and a new website too meet the needs of both clients and candidates as the most recent round of military job-shedding starts to impact “.

The Cambridgeshire based Forces Recruitment Services network has bucked the trend – opening 10 new offices during  2011 to build a network of 24 U.K. wide locations with a further 8 planned for 2012.

The 1000th placement was made by Central London Regional Director, Jeff Prince, who sourced Neil Viveash, an Ex-Royal Engineers Staff Sergeant into a role as Group Facilities Manager for a Serviced Office Group client.”

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