No 4624 Squadron was formed in 1982 at Royal Air Force Station Brize Norton to provide a pool of trained Movements personnel to reinforce the regular Movements organisation and undertake air movements duties in support of the RAF and allied operations worldwide. Within a year the Squadron had inducted and trained three operational flights and was already deploying personnel in support of RAF movements activities.

In 1987, the Squadron was declared fully operational with six flights. Since its earliest days, the Squadron had provided support for the Royal International Air Tattoo, held annually at Fairford, being responsible for a variety of tasks including Charter Air Terminal Passenger handling and the receipt and despatch of air freight. Each year, squadron personnel deploy to UK and overseas locations to complete their Annual Continuous Training, by being integrated, in small teams, with regular movements squadrons and for specific HQ 38 Group tasks throughout the UK and elsewhere.

In 1989, when Her Majesty The Queen presented The Sovereign's Colour for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force at RAF Benson, No 4624 Squadron provided the escort to the Colour. In 1990, the Squadron was privileged to provide the entire Colour Party for the parade at Buckingham Palace commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and again on 5th April 1997 at RAFC Cranwell for the RAuxAF/RAFVR Amalgamation Ceremony. During the 75th Anniversary year of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, the Colour Party was again provided for events at Fairford, Bentley Priory, Westminister Abbey, St Clements Danes and the Guildhall in London.

In January 1991, the Squadron was mobilised for the Gulf War and personnel were deployed to RAF Brize Norton, Lyneham, Cyprus and Germany, as well as other locations within the UK. Many personnel remained mobilised long after the end of hostilities, assisting in the recovery operations and in Operation Provide Comfort. On return to the UK, the Squadron was honoured to receive a Unit Citation from the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, in recognition of its achievements. In 1994, the Sqn Badge was enshrined in the Church of the Royal Air Force, St Clements Danes in the Strand. The Badge was placed alongside that of the United Kingdom Mobile Air Movements Squadron whose motto; "Swift to Move" is so admirably and accurately reflected in that of No 4624 Squadron's "Ready to Move".

In 1999 the Squadron was mobilised again to support operations in the Balkans, handling a third of the Operational Flights. They served for 6 months with the Regular Movements Squadrons at RAF Brize Norton, RAF Lyneham, Croatia and Kosovo.

The Squadron is the largest in the RAuxAF, with an establishment of 300 personnel. Training is conducted at RAF Brize Norton, RAF Lyneham and other Movements units worldwide. In peacetime the Squadron frequently undertakes 38 Group Movements tasks at home and overseas to enable personnel to gain experience and work directly integrated with their Regular RAF colleagues.

New recruits are constantly required, and ex-Servicemen, especially those with movements training and experience, are particularly welcome. Selection is rigorous, with emphasis placed on enthusiasm and commitment. Training is given in all aspects of General Service Training, in addition to the Trade Training which is concerned with the movement by air and documentation of passengers, cargo and wheeled equipment of all three Services in support of the UK and Allied Armed Forces operational and peacetime tasks. This includes preparing, positioning and securing loads in aircraft, cargo preparation, passenger handling and specialist vehicle driving.

The attendance requirement is for one weekend and one weekday evening a month. There is also a requirement for personnel to serve for a 15-day continuous training period each year. There are opportunities for promotion and commissioning within the Squadron and for additional activities such as adventure training and sports. The training requires considerable commitment. However, for those who have the time to give and are willing to learn, service with 4624 Squadron can be very rewarding.

 For further information, contact the Recruiting Officer on (01993) 897712.

4624 Squadron……Always……'Ready to Move'!

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