RAF Media Reserves Recognised In The Queen's Birthday Honours

The InsideAIR podcast team has earned a Deputy Commandant (RAF Capability) Team Commendation.

A Royal Air Force podcast showing a behind-the-wire view of the RAF, its people, technology and operations has earned a Deputy Commandant (RAF Capability) Team Commendation in The Queen's Birthday Honours. 

InsideAIR is produced for the Royal Air Force by RAF Media Reserves and has become one of the top-performing technical podcasts with thousands of downloads and positive reviews. 

The podcast delves into issues like: the importance of developing spiritual resilience on operations; the evolution of fastjet ground attack aircraft; what it is like to live with a disability in uniform and what motivates a Reservist to balance a full-time civilian day job with part-time military service?

Credit Flight Lieutenant Peter Lisney Media Reservist InsideAIR Producer
Flight Lieutenant Peter Lisney (Picture: Flight Lieutenant Peter Lisney).

The podcast's producer, Media Reservist and former BFBS Forces Media Academy student Flight Lieutenant Peter Lisney, spoke to BFBS, the Forces Station broadcaster Hal Stewart about how excited the team is to have been honoured in this way, saying: 

"We've been absolutely thrilled to be recognised as a team. 

"What makes that special is that there are individual awards for the Queen's Birthday Honours but this is a team award. 

"I don't think you find that outside the military in the same way." 

The majority of the InsideAIR team are Media Reserves like Flying Officer Amy Casey whose day job is as a presenter on BFBS, the Forces Station. 

The experienced broadcaster produced episode nine of InsideAIR which focuses on UK Mobile Air Movements Squadron (UKMAMS) and the 55 years they have helped the Armed Forces deploy on operations or exercises around the globe. They get "the right kit, in the right place, at the right time".

RAF Movers unloading an Atlas (C.1 A400M) in Gibraltar. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021
RAF Movers unloading an Atlas (C.1 A400M) in Gibraltar (Picture: MOD/Crown Copyright 2021).

During the episode, Amy speaks to Sergeant Dan Ashford from B Flight UKMAMS about some of his career highlights. This, in turn, prompts him to point out that the work UKMAMS does never gets much fanfare, saying: 

"This is something that UKMAMS do all the time, it's just not really highlighted. 

"Globally, in accordance with defence's operational output and their exercise programme, there's an Army regiment, a Navy, the Marines, whatever – there is someone somewhere across the globe doing something. 

"The only reason they are there is because UKMAMS took them there."

Flt Lt Lisney is keen to thank all who have supported the team to get where it is today. Where would a podcast be without an audience to listen and share?

However, on the flip side, the audience would not be interested in the content if it was not interesting so there is some audio magic happening as well. 

One of the highlights of the first six months has been securing an interview with Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston. Flt Lt Lisney said: 

"He is such a good sport. That set the tone, since then we've been able to ask those more challenging questions and that keeps it real. 

"It's a really good opportunity to find out more about what makes the Air Force tick."

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