Things are so busy at the Ministry of Defence’s press office in
Whitehall that information officers are having to call on the volunteer
Members of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force’s 12-strong public relations
squadron have organised a rota to provide extra support in the MoD press
The 7644 (VR) Public Relations Squadron includes both journalists and PR
people. Veteran BBC regional radio presenter Keith Skues, media training
consultant Chris Loosemore, video production company owner Steve Dargan,
and Black Bear Productions producer Nick Radcliffe have all been
seconded to the MoD.
Flight lieutenant Andy Pemberton, a member of the squadron who has been
seconded to RAF Cottesmore as the RAF base’s community relations
officer, has been in Italy since March.
Pemberton, formerly a journalist, has been joined by flight lieutenant
and BBC Northern Ireland news projects manager Mike Cairns, who is now
in Southern Italy setting up facilities for visiting journalists.
George Cunningham, a squadron leader and spokesman for the group, says:
’The rest of us are on standby to accompany any groups of journalists
invited to go out and meet squadrons in Italy.’