Local dignitaries and agency representatives visited Shrivenham Station on Friday 25th January 2019.
The aim of the visit was for visiting party to gain an overview of Shrivenham Station and an understanding of the structure and outputs of the Defence Academy and to further build relationships between Defence Academy and local organisations.
The guests were welcomed by the Station Commander Wing Commander Rob Hart, with briefings throughout the day from the Commandant, Deputy Commandant and Faculty Heads about the Professional Military Education delivered at Shrivenham and the future of the Defence Academy.
Wing Commander Hart said:
“It was a delight to welcome VIP local dignitaries, including High Sheriffs, Chairs of Councils, Mayors, Police and Fire chiefs to the Defence Academy on Friday 25 Jan. From feedback already received, it seems they got a huge amount from the visit and walked away with a good understanding of what we do and why we’re here. “
Amongst the attendees were High Sheriff of Wiltshire, deputy Mayor of Swindon, Thames Valley Police and Wiltshire Fire Brigade.
Following the introductions, the guests enjoyed the tour of Defence Academy, which included Beckett House with its lake and china house, an overview of Technology School and Simulation facilities with a final visit to static armoured vehicles.
Wing Commander Hart added:
“Next step for me, other than the numerous leads I think we prompted in terms of shared educational opportunities to explore with the emergency services, is to establish a local liaison group, we have much to gain by closer working going forward on multiple strands of engagement”.