Royal Air Force Brize Norton marked International Women’s Day 2023 with a series of events held across the Station for personnel to get involved with and spark conversation.
This year’s theme was ‘#EmbraceEquity’ and the events throughout the day aimed to help people across the Whole Force at RAF Brize Norton get talking about equity and equality.
The day compromised several events that personnel could dip in and out of, including forums for people to share ideas, guest speakers, and a chance to chat to local support groups. The highlight of the day was the various fitness sessions in the Station Gym, open to the Whole Force to take part in at all levels, run by women and open to all.
The Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team (Website), based at RAF Brize Norton, also marked the day via their social media accounts ‘@RAFFalcons' (Instagram - Facebook) by highlighting the women past and present who have played a significant role in leading the team through their display seasons over the years. This includes the current 2nd in command of the team, Flight Lieutenant Jen Littler, who will go on to be the Commanding Officer of the team for the 2024 display season.
The Station Commander of RAF Brize Norton, Group Captain Claire O’Grady, said:
“To me, International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the amazing achievements of women. As Station Commander and Chair of the RAF Gender Network it also provides me the opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusivity – striving towards a world where gender is equal. This includes recognising the male allies around us so we can all celebrate International Women’s Day. Together we can #EmbraceEquity”
Group Captain Claire O’Grady
The Station Commander
RAF Brize Norton
Women from RAF Brize Norton and the Air Mobility Force (Twitter) also featured in a video on social media from 83 Expeditionary Air Group, showcasing the women deployed in various locations across the Middle East on operations 24/7, 365 days a year.
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