May 9th 2014


100 Lincolnshire based employers are set to visit RAF Waddington on Tuesday 20 May, to learn more about the role of the RAF, the importance of Reserve Forces and the types of roles they carry out alongside their regular (full-time) counterparts.

The event has been organised for members of the Federation of Small Businesses in Lincolnshire who will have the opportunity learn more about RAF Waddington and the types of work carried out there; find out more about the RAF’s Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) hub; discuss the benefits of the Reservist-employer relationship; view an E-3D Sentry aircraft and have the chance to ask Reservists questions face-to-face.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) Director, has helped to organise the event. He said: “one of the main objectives of this event is to allow employers to find out first-hand the many reasons to support Reservists within their organisations. Reservists play a major role in supporting our regular Armed Forces in times of crisis or humanitarian need, and their training gained from roles such as those conducted at RAF Waddington make them a considerable asset to any employer.

“This is a rare opportunity to explore RAF Waddington behind-the-scenes, view some short practical demonstrations; speak to a variety of Reservists and share best practice with other small businesses from the region.”

Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Colin Redican, Flight Commander at RAF Waddington’s XIII Sqn, will also be attending the event. He said: “As RAF Waddington looks beyond the current Afghanistan theatre of operations there is an opportunity to be innovative in the use of Reservists across the ISTAR Force based here.  Key to achieving that is recruiting high quality Reservists who bring the RAF additional and sometimes unique skills and experience to use on operations.  Equally, their employers should see them develop new skills, experience and confidence that can enhance the civilian workplace.”