Why should YOU contact the Federation?

The RAF Families Federation is funded by the RAF but sits outside the Chain of Command as an independent organisation. We represent all RAF personnel –bethey Regular,Reserve, single, married or in apartnership, together with their families.

We provide avoice for the issues and concerns you have about life in the RAF,and we have direct access to senior RAF and MOD staffs as well as Government Ministers.

To do all this, we need to hear from you on issues such as quality of life, accommodation, health, education, pay and allowances Everyone’s views and concerns are important to us.

Keythings to remember: •Wework with the RAF/MOD and not against them

•Wedon’t undermine the chain of command; we work with them but will dig them in the ribs on your behalf when necessary

•Wewill signpost you to the ‘best’ experts to help you if required

•Wealways maintain your anonymity and respect your privacy

•Wealways maintain afair and balanced approach

Remember: If you don’t tell us, we can’t tell them.

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Spring always leads me to think of planning the odd break or two away and we have two offerings in this issue that might entice that diary of yours to come out. For the grown-ups (do we ever consider ourselves as grown-ups Iwonder?) there’s the opportunity to book time out on the water,slowing life right down with a break cruising RAF Leeming’s narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal. Or,ifafree trip away with or without children in theNewForest appeals then you could try the uber modern Tile Barn Outdoor Centre. Not only does the Centre offerawhole glamping experience in ‘Poppy Pods’ and activities to join in on, but historically its location is actually aformerWorld WarIhospital centre in Brockenhurst, which also became theNewZealand General Hospital where 21,000NZcasualties were treated until 1919.

As we try and source prize opportunities for you as our readers, it’s apleasure to offer our younger audience this time the chance to win asigned fiction series of books by author,TomPalmer.The ‘Wings’ series is made up of three books and written with inspiration from Tomtalking personally to RAF families. Read about children who go back into the past to fly great RAF planes. Tomisthe Writer in Residence for the RAF Museum and he’s been kind enough to donate the series. Youcan find out more on page 39 and make use of the tear-out slip to enter.

Ending on alead in to our first article, I’d like to highlight our new and regular slot. It’s a‘Personnel and Policy News’ section which Air Commodore Simon Harper will bring to you as Head of Personnel Policy for the RAF.He’ll share with those of you who are serving the latest on personnel news. Your feedback is welcome and if you have any questions you’d like to put to the Air Cdre, send them to us at


FrontCaption: Flt Lt Michael Masters

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