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FOREWORD


GROUP CAPTAIN SIMON HARPER, RAF STRATEGY, DEFENCE COMMUNICATIONS


The recent launch of RAF 100 across the Service reminds us that the Royal Air Force will reach a significant milestone in 2018. While we will rightly celebrate and commemorate the remarkable achievements of those who have gone before and those who serve today,our Centenary will also be an opportunity to inspire and excite anew generation about the future of the RAF.


In my previous role as Station Commander of RAF Halton, inspiration, celebration and commemoration were never far away.Iwas privileged to participate in 32 Recruit Graduations, to see the future first-hand and to welcome recruits and their families into the RAF Family.Throughout, it was impossible not to be inspired by the recruits’ success, their enthusiasm for the RAF and their delight in reaching such asignificant milestone. Equally inspirational was the pride of the recruits’ families as they shared in that success.


The Graduation is only the beginning of an enduring relationship that sits at the heart of the RAF Family. The bond between the Service person, their family and the RAF,and the support we receive from it, is vital to our morale and well-being; we could not do what we do without it. But, it is also true that the support of our families is neither unconditional nor can we afford to rely on goodwill alone. Whether deployed on operations or at home, how the RAF supports its people and their families defines us as an organisation and the RAF Families Federation works tirelessly on our behalf.


Yet, the RAF Families Federation cannot help us unless we help them. In my current role within Defence


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Communications, it has become clear that communication is increasingly a2-way dialogue rather than a1-way transmission. While the Envoy magazine provides an excellent vehicle to inform us across abroad range of topics, it is only part of the story. Now it’s our turn. The RAF Families Federation is launching anumber of 5-minute online surveys; two of which are now live (Childcare and RAuxAF). They will also launch surveys for FTRS, Quality of Life, Payand Accommodation. These surveys provide the evidence that the RAF Families Federation need to influence and shape how we are supported both now and in the future. The RAF Families Federation needs your input, your experiences and your view!


As we turn our thoughts to the future, RAF 100 offers agreat opportunity to celebrate the RAF at its best. And the RAF is at its best with astrong and mutually supportive RAF Family.Asthe independent link between the RAF Family,the Government and the Ministry of Defence, the RAF Families Federation is there for you –whether regular,reserve, or family member –representing your interests, influencing policy change where necessary and holding decision makers to account. They benefit all of us and Iam very grateful for all that they do, and all that they will do, on our behalf.


Enjoy the read and enjoy the summer.


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Summer 2016


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