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First Female CDS?

Highest ranking female aircrew is this lass here, Air Commodore Suraya Marshall. F3 navigator, if memory serves correctly. Married to an RAF 2* Harrier pilot.

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Highest ranking female aircrew is this lass here, Air Commodore Suraya Marshall. F3 navigator, if memory serves correctly. Married to an RAF 2* Harrier pilot.

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Just wait till the first female gunner, gets a Squadron.
 
In short the Thread with Fit Birds in Unform.

in all seriousness congrats to her....could be better or worse and have

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Almost every year I get the chance to reply to a photo of her stating that:

1. They are not real
2. I've seem them unfettered pre-op.
3. I didn't
 
Will CDS continue to come solely from the warfighter lines? Has there ever been an engineer or logistics CDS/VCDS?

That will limit when the first woman gets to become VCDS/CDS.
Pre-dating the role a bit, but FM Lord Kitchener was a sapper.

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Almost every year I get the chance to reply to a photo of her stating that:

1. They are not real
2. I've seem them unfettered pre-op.
3. She wouldn’t let me.
FOC
 
Yes. ‘Hurrah for the CRE*’ is the song that gets bastardised as ‘Zulu Warrior’. It’s sort of like the ‘what color is the boathouse at Herford’ for sappers :)

* Chief Royal Engineer.

I thought, apparently incorrectly, that you were alluding to his appointment as CRE not necessarily meaning he was from the Corps.

And there was me thinking Herford was 1st Armd territory.;)
 
Yes. ‘Hurrah for the CRE*’ is the song that gets bastardised as ‘Zulu Warrior’. It’s sort of like the ‘what color is the boathouse at Herford’ for sappers :)

* Chief Royal Engineer.
Brewery at Herford, surely?
 
Yes. ‘Hurrah for the CRE*’ is the song that gets bastardised as ‘Zulu Warrior’. It’s sort of like the ‘what color is the boathouse at Herford’ for sappers :)

* Chief Royal Engineer.
Mr Stephens, is that you?!

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Sapper walt :)
I actually was a TA Sapper for a very brief period in between Royal Signals and the D and D. Even got some time in doing bridging at Wyke Regis. Some of it would seem to have rubbed off!!

Edit: also worked quite a lot with 21 Engr Regt in Kosovo and Bosnia - Dog Sqn as I recall. Also 15 Engr Regt in Antrim too.

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Will CDS continue to come solely from the warfighter lines? Has there ever been an engineer or logistics CDS/VCDS?

That will limit when the first woman gets to become VCDS/CDS.

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Group Captain Niki Thomas just promoted as Station Commander Akrotiri. Ex OC 12B Squadron on Tornado's, multple combat tours, Afghanistan and Syria..

One to warch for the future.
 

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