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Cover Photograph – RAF BBMF Lancaster overflies Derwent Water.


Envoy – The magazine of the RAF Families Federation, published 4 times a year.


Editor: Ann Dewar RAF Families Federation, 13-15 St Georges Road, Wittering, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6DL 01780 781650


Director: Bill Mahon


Communications Manager: Ann Dewar Communications Assistant: Nick Crouch Evidence Manager: Jenny Ward Evidence Co-ordinator: Colin Jones Evidence Assistant: Jenny Scott Evidence Assistant (Housing): Stan Brathwaite Office Manager: Julie Goodson


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Views expressed in Envoy, unless stated otherwise, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Envoy, the RAF or the Ministry of Defence.


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Patron: Her Majesty the Queen


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Emerging Issues ...........................................................................................................8 Features


Afghanistan Revealed ................................................................................................12 Sitting Ducks .............................................................................................................14 Our Daughter’s turn to Go .........................................................................................16 MOB Rule .................................................................................................................18 The RAF Dambuster Mentality – then and now ..........................................................21 Operation Chastise ....................................................................................................22


REGULARS Federation News


Our Busiest Year Yet ...................................................................................................26 Launch of our New Website .......................................................................................27


Lifestyle


Stay Calm and Content ..............................................................................................29 Are you worried about Internet Addiction? .................................................................30


In the Workplace Vision of the New Employment Model ........................................................................32 Keeping it Legal ........................................................................................................34


Education My Own Tutor ...........................................................................................................37


Money Beware, the Sting in the Tail ......................................................................................38


Community A Case in Point .........................................................................................................40 RAF Families Survey 2013 .........................................................................................45 Short Breaks from SSAFA ...........................................................................................46 Young People with something to Say .........................................................................48 Outstanding Determination ........................................................................................49


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