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From RAF reservist to first female to command a Force Protection Wing

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Wing Commander Sam Bunn, Officer Commanding 8 Force Protection Wing.

From the humble beginnings as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment Gunner on 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron, RAF Police Wing Commander Samantha Bunn is now the first female to command 8 Force Protection Wing.

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Sam started her military career 27 years ago as a Reservist, qualifying as a Regiment Gunner and a Command Post Signaller in August 1995 whilst at university. Today she is the first female to command a Force Protection Wing and will be responsible for RAF Police and Military Provost Guard Services based across the UK as well as her old Squadron based at RAF Waddington.

Command at any level is an absolute privilege, but to be selected to command this particular Wing is an absolute honour. I have no doubt that my time on 2503 Squadron has been pivotal in ensuring my success to date and I hope that, as the Commanding Officer, I can give something back to the unit which kick started my life in the RAF.

Commander Samantha Bunn
Officer Commanding 8 Force Protection Wing

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Sam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new job from both her Reserve and Regular career. As a Reservist she took part in exercises at Warcop, Beckingham and RAF Lakenheath, to name but a few. She was also fortunate enough to take part in a joint US/UK, Exercise at Fort Dix. As a Regular she has carried out a wide variety of roles from Special Investigations for the RAF to Force Protection at Permanent Joint Headquarters and almost everything in between!

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Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment Gunner on 2503 (County of Lincoln) Squadron.

As Officer Commanding 8 Force Protection Wing Sam will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of Capability focused policing and security effects in support of the ISTAR and Combat Air Forces both at home and in the deployed arena.

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