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 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.
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.
For further information, contact the Recruiting Officer on (01993) 897712.
4624 Squadron……Always……'Ready to Move'!
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