Council’s community safety officer becomes Honorary Commander at RAF Croughton

Making sure United States Air Force personnel at RAF Croughton and their families are valued members of the community is one of the duties recently bestowed upon SNC worker Gary Crook.

Published: Monday, 13th May 2019

On March 29, Mr Crook attended a ceremony which saw him and others invested in the Honorary Commanders Program for the 422 Air Base Group at RAF Croughton.

Due to his dual role as the council’s Community Safety and Emergency Planning officer, along with his personal experience as a Police Special Constable, Mr Crook has teamed-up with the base’s 422nd Civil Engineer commander Lieutenant Colonel Ray Elmore. Elmore is responsible for civil engineering and emergency planning on the installation.

Lieutenant Colonel Elmore said: “It’s been fantastic having Mr Crook as my squadron’s honorary commander. He’s been extremely helpful by familiarizing me with local emergency response procedures and capabilities. For example, he arranged a tour of the mobile emergency command vehicle and invited me to witness large-scale, emergency planning in action during last year’s Silverstone Formula 1 race weekend. The insight I’ve received about our joint resources and partnerships helped me provide more realistic training for first responders and input during our military exercises.

Mr Crook said: “It came out of the blue, but it was an honour I couldn’t turn down. My role at the base is to share best practice and to introduce Lt. Col. Elmore to colleagues in the Community Safety and Emergency Planning environment out here in the civilian world.

“I’m also incredibly proud of South Northamptonshire and I look forward to showing my counterpart the very best of what the district has to offer.”

The Honorary Commanders Program aims to encourage an exchange of ideas, experiences and friendships between representatives of the local civilian community and the military communities that fall under the 422 ABG.

Honorary commanders will also be encouraged to invite members of their honorary unit to their workplaces and will be invited to attend events on the base including the July 4th celebrations.