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Number XXIV Squadron Change of Command

On 27 May 2022, Wing Commander Andy McIntyre officially handed over command of No. XXIV Squadron to Wing Commander Gav Anderson

On 27 May 2022, Wing Commander Andy McIntyre officially handed over command of Number XXIV Squadron to Wing Commander Gav Anderson.

Wing Commander McIntyre, known by many as Macca, has completed two and a half years in the Officer Commanding role and will now be taking up a post at RAF High Wycombe. He said:

“XXIV Squadron is made up of fantastic people achieving amazing things. It has been an honour and a privilege to have been part of that over the past two and a half years and I will deeply miss working within this very special team of teams. I wish Gav every success.”

Wing Commander Andy McIntyre

Number XXIV Squadron was formed in 1915 and is the senior frontline squadron within the Air Mobility Force. In 2011 several smaller Training Flights were brought together to form the Air Mobility Force Operational Conversion Unit. Today, working with partner contractors and key Enablers across the Station, the Squadron delivers aircrew training for the C-130J Hercules, A400M Atlas and C-17 Globemaster alongside engineer training for the Hercules and Atlas. The most significant recent challenge has been the creation and delivery of Airdrop, Natural Surface Operations and Air to Air Refuelling (Receiver) courses that have combined to generate a basic tactical capability on Atlas, whilst sharing as much knowledge as possible between the crews and engineers of all three aircraft types to maximise capability transfer before the Hercules retires in 2023. As a Central Flying School Approved Training Organisation and Chartered Management Institute accredited organisation, No. XXIV Squadron also trains and develops Aircrew Instructors and delivers Coaching and Mentoring courses.

Wing Commander Gav Anderson said:

“I am delighted to return to XXIV Squadron where I previously served as a Co-pilot. Macca and his whole force team have achieved a tremendous amount in the last two and a half years. I look forward to building on that work and playing my small part in training the Air Mobility aircrew and engineers of today and progressing the capabilities of tomorrow.”

Wing Commander Gav Anderson
Officer Commanding Number XXIV Squadron


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