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Donald Campbell - Royal Air Force Veteran

 

Donald Campbell served 36 years in the Royal Air Force and retired as a Warrant Officer in 2006. His years of service as an engineer extended to many countries around the world, including Northern Ireland, Madagasca, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sardinia, Saudi, Falkland Islands, Belize and the USA.

  He served most of his years on large Operational Units as a Survival Equipment Technician working on Fast Jet aircrafts such as Jaguar, Harrier, Tornado, Hawks and a variety of helicopters. His final years were in charge of his Trade Training School as the Training Manager, at RAF Cosford, Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering.

He represented the Royal Air Force as a role model for Ethnic Minority Recruiting, West Midlands, for 5 years, which included visiting many schools, colleges, leisure centres, demonstrating engineering equipment, including Ejector Seats, whilst sharing his experience of life in the Royal Air Force.

He was awarded 2 commendations for meritorious service, one of which was in conjunction with the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2002 and a Good Show Award for an outstanding personal contribution to the work of the Careers Information Service 2004.

In 2001 he became a member of OSCAR Sandwell (Registered Charity No 1080599 England and Wales) as a volunteer to share his experience in management and to help raise funds for people affected with Sickle Cell and Thallassaemia.  He later became a Director and Chairman of the organisation serving a total of 14 years until he resigned.

As a founder member of the Ex-Service Personnel Reunion(EPR), instigated in 2010, he is Chairman of this organisation which holds an annual reunion. EPR is now a major successful event in the calender going from strength to strength, encouraging support from around the world. 

He is presently engaged as a Trustee and Chairman of The National Caribbean Monument Charity(TNCM) (Registered Charity No 1172060 England and Wales) helping to commission a monument in the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, for Caribbean Military Personnel in remembrance of their sacrifices and contributions to Britain over many, many years. TNCMC has been fully established to manage the process of raising awareness to the general public and acquiring the funds to erect a fitting monument by September 2021.