Top role on fourth tour at RAF base

Warrant Officer Mr Kenny Watson is pictured (right) with Mr Peter Hainsworth.

Warrant Officer Mr Kenny Watson is pictured (right) with Mr Peter Hainsworth.

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WO Kenny Watson has taken up the post of Station Warrant Officer on this his fourth tour at RAF Coningsby.

WO Watson, whose family live in Forfar, has taken over the role from Peter Hainsworth who was Station Warrant Officer at RAF Coningsby since June 2009.

Mr Hainsworth officially handed his cane (the symbol of a Station Warrant Officer) over to his successor WO Kenny Watson at a recent ceremony. In time honoured tradition, fellow Warrant Officers gathered to escort Mr Hainsworth from the station for the last time as he retired after 37 years in the RAF.

WO Kenny Watson was previously at the base in 1987, 1996 and 2005. He began his RAF career at RAF Swinderby in 1977; and subsequently served on a many RAF bases in the UK and overseas in Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands.

Kenny was born in Dundee and attended Dens Road Junior School. He is married to Angie, a nurse and has two grown up children, Kirsty and Adam and a son-in-law, Richard; he also works as a volunteer at a Greyhound Rescue Centre.

In his free time, Kenny tries to get out as much as possible with the station running team, particularly at cross country and is a regular in the gym, both as an attendee and in his capacity as a physical training leader.

In taking up his new post Mr Watson said: “It’s great to be back at RAF Coningsby for my final tour. Having spent my entire career so far working in logistics, I’m looking forward to the challenges that being the Station Warrant Officer will bring.”

In the British Armed Forces a Warrant Officer is the highest non-commissioned rank; holding the Queen’s warrant which is signed by the Secretary of State for Defence.