Met Office forecaster supports troops with more than just the forecast

Met Office Weather Forecaster and RAF Reservist, Sqn Ldr Ken Horn made 902 Expeditionary Air Wing history today by cycling a massive 1900km during his three month tour of duty in the Middle East.

The 54 year old Meteorologist, who is often spotted cycling around the Airbase, finished his challenge only a few hours before catching his departing flight home to the UK.

His record breaking prowess is not limited to cycling; having just completed his 63rd deployment (excluding exercises) and been awarded 11 military medals, Sqn Ldr Horn has a wealth of operational experience in locations including Afghanistan, the Balkans and Iraq.

902 EAW has a permanent team of meteorologists from the Met Office Mobile Met Unit who are vital in the accurate forecasting and monitoring of weather conditions for the VC-10, Merlin and Sentinel Force elements operating in support of Op KIPION and Op HERRICK. The local landscape and sudden weather fronts locally mean Sqn Ldr Horns leadership is even more important than ever.

Sqn Ldr Horn was presented with a certificate by Wg Cdr Blackburn, CO 902 EAW today, to mark not only his outstanding achievement on the road, but also his contributions to 902 EAW’s air operations. Wg Cdr Blackburn said “As a trusted and valued Officer, Sqn Ldr Horn is an unsung hero, critical in what we do; we simply could not have delivered our mission without his efforts”.

The full article “902 EAW Met Man Covers 19OOkm” is published on RAF News

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