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RAFC Cranwell provided additional manpower to RAF100 events throughout 2018, locally, regionally and nationally.  Sharing the limelight alongside these high-profile events were the National Youth and STEM team who engaged with 2 million school children through a series of residential courses, STEM activity days and interactive roadshows and competitions.  The team was awarded the Inaugural RAF100 Inspire Trophy by CAS.


Closer to home the College hosted an RAF 100 dinner inviting the Whole Force to dine under the gaze of nine 'inspirational people' selected by the Officer Cadets.  In addition, many RAF100 events were held on station that were hosted or supported by the wider Service community.

Growth and modernisation were the buzz words of 2018 as Cranwell becomes the Centre of Excellence for Aviation Medicine with a new High-G centrifuge facility marking the start of this programme.  Brand new aircraft, complemented by a refreshed training system and digitally-enabled officer training, all contributed to an updated and market-leading offer to new officer cadets.

Cranwell continues to work closely with our colleagues at Dartmouth and Sandhurst to ensure the highest quality of training is always provided.

OACTU continues to run 9 different courses covering regular entrants, specialist entrants, reservists, University students and non-commissioned aircrew and controllers. Each officers' course runs at its full capacity of 120 cadets.  Alongside the strength in numbers came improved training facilities, making the best use of technology and the digital learning environment.  

The University Air Sqns (UAS) continue to play a vital role both locally and nationally and were at the forefront of many RAF100 events.  6FTS and the UAS provided 36% of the New Entrant intake into IOT.  Adventurous training remains an excellent tool for recruiting into the UAS. Challenging and enjoyable, this training builds confidence and displays teamwork and leadership.

Runway improvements and the discovery of a WW1 bomb on the airfield also presented challenges to the Ops Wg team.  

Operations Wg has met the challenges that the new aircraft have presented to airfield operations.  The Grob 120 TP Prefect and Embraer Phenom 100 came into service delivering Elementary and Multi-Engine flying training.  

Nevertheless, the full dress rehearsal of the RAF100 flypast was conducted overhead College Hall on 2 Jul 18 with some 70+ aircraft including the F35 Lighting II and provided a great spectacle for all to see.

Support Wg remains the backbone to RAFC Cranwell in its provision of HR, contract management, training and development for service and civilian personnel, infra planning and IT.  Additionally the Wg provides a conduit for both medical and dental services for station personnel.  Some outstanding achievements were attained by RAFC Cranwell personnel including 14 individuals and 2 teams being recognised in the New Year's Honours list.

The Cranwell estate continues to be refurbished and updated, including a £4.6 Mn project to install new boilers across the eastern side of the station.  C4i remain focused on upgrading IT across the station and the Force Development Sqn continues to offer learning opportunities for hundreds of personnel.

College sport attracted real talent with the Commandant's Cup Competition providing individual sections with a range competitive sports for old and new members of the College.  The College remains Home for Sport for 9 disciplines conducting 55 events across 10 RAF Associations.

Cranwell's Charitable endeavours remain central to our business with £49,840 being raised over the course of the year.  Alongside charitable activities our local community engagement has remained part of our core output. The Tedder Leadership Academy (TLA) builds on the foundations established in 2017.  Key events included running the CAS Leadership Conference in Sept 2018, running the Senior Air Commanders' Forum, and the delivery of a coherent through-career Command and Leadership Developmental Pathway.  As part of the Trenchard Gp, the TLA is looking forward to inspiring the next generation or RAF leaders.

The continuing hard work and dedication of the Whole Force, in which we include our Civil Service and Contractor personnel, has ensured that RAFC Cranwell remains a pivotal station in the RAF.  Cranwell continues to inspire future generations and attract positive local, national and international attention.


Some 48 ideas for celebrating College 100 were gathered from many station personnel over a 3-month period in late 2018.  The ideas ranged from rose beds and poppy fields to concerts on The Orange.

A College 100 Committee was formed in Mar 19 with the aim of triaging these ideas and providing a central coordinating function to those sections and individuals who wish to take projects forward.  Given that the commemoration is focused on the centenary of the arrival of the first Flight Cadets in Feb 1920, celebrations will be centred on OACTU.

In addition to the Station Families' Day, key events are likely to include:

Founders' Day to include a Parade and Church Service.

* Hosting of the EU Air Forces Air Academies' Conference.

* An enhanced Inter-Collegiate Games (with an International flavour).

* CA weekend including the unveiling of the Trenchard Statue.

* Royal Graduation.


To that end a Campaign Plan is being drawn up by Dep Comdt and SO1 Strategic Communications and Engagement with events commencing on 5 Feb 2020.  The College 100 notification to all station personnel will be made in the May Station Monthly Brief.  Smaller initiatives will be encouraged as part of the overall celebrations.

The RAF College Band is also celebrating its Centenary and RAF Music Services are involved closely with all the planning to ensure the Band events are integrated into, and amplified by, RAF College 100