Flight Lieutenant Yarrow is a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) and commands the Squadron. Nigel took over in 1997 after serving at the unit for over ten years. Nigel is one of the longest serving Commissioned Officers in the RAFVR(T) with over 42 years service to the ATC. Nigel started out as a cadet at 1027 (Jarrow) Squadron where he reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. After a long career around the Wing in post at Wideopen and Gateshead Squadron’s Nigel was asked to assist at Wallsend Squadron. Flt Lt Yarrow takes an keen interest in Fieldcraft training and is part of the North Regions Fieldcraft Training Team as well as being a qualified First Aid Instructor and holding a BELA qualification for outdoor activities.
Warrant Officer Duffy is the Squadron Warrant Officer and is responsible for Drill, Dress Discipline and Deportment on the unit. He joined Wallsend Squadron as a cadet in the 1980′s where he reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. Leaving the ATC Duff joined the regular army where he served until 2003. On his discharge from the Army WO Duffy returned to Wallsend Sqn as a CI and was later appointed as a Warrant Officer. WO Duffy also takes the lead in the Squadron’s LandRover Project. Duffy is a qualified Range Officer and Skill at Arms Instructor.
The majority of the staff on Squadron consists of Civillian Instructors (CIs). CIs help organise and run a variety of activities, whether these are conducted on or off the Squadron. The CIs at 1151 (Wallsend) are vital in the nightly running of the Squadron and delivery of training to the cadets.