In Memory of Flight Lieutenant Mandy Ford PGCE RAF VR(T)

 
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In Loving Memory of Flt Lt Mandy Ford PGCE RAF VR(T)_______________________________________

No 3 Welsh Wing morns the loss of one of its finest officers with the untimely death of Flt Lt Mandy Ford (OC 1429 Cardigan Squadron), after losing her short fight against illness at the age of 50.

Mandy was inspirational in all she did and in the eleven years of her commission, she had managed to accomplish much more than many officers have in a lifetime of service.

Not only was she the Commanding Officer of one of the finest and busiest squadrons in the region but she also held additional key posts within the wing, BTEC Officer, Deputy Wing Training Officer, Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Sports Council, Officer I/C selection training and other duties too many to mention. She was also very active in Regional & Corps sport as Athletic Team Managers, selector, BTEC marker and more.

Her leadership qualities were often used as examples when the cadets were involved with the Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications. Her greatest asset was the ability to solve a problem amicably and with a disarming smile.

She was continually attending courses in her “spare time” for the benefit of all cadets, from BELA to Heart Start & AED instructor and from DOE Expedition Assessor to Food Hygiene. Her abilities were recognised on a number of occasions, including Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate, Commandant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service, the 3WW Leadership Award and the President’s Cup for sporting excellence (twice). She also received a number of citations from VIP’s she has worked with inside and outside 3WW and was the IACE Escort Officer to Ghana in 2011.

Flt Lt Ford’s funeral was attended by more than 350 mourners, with many of them serving or ex members of the ACO, who provided a guard of honour stretched the length of the road leading to the service.

The service left most attendees crying as they heard a personal eulogy from Wg Cdr Bob Wilson RET and from her eldest daughter Emma, who gave a personal view of her mother. Hundreds of messages were received from members and ex members of the ACO, who she had encouraged and supported. Air Commodore Gordon Moulds said that “Mandy’s unstinting service and positive impact extended well beyond her very successful Squadron: her work in a number of 3WW key roles quickly brought her to my attention as Commandant and I was honoured to meet her on a number of occasions”. Another personal message came from The Venerable Canon AVM Brian Lucas.

Flt Lt Mandy Ford will always be missed by her friends and ACO family and leaves behind her husband, Sqn Ldr Chris Ford (3WW Sports Officer), four children and four young grandchildren.

Wing Commander Bob Wilson RAF VR(T) RETD was asked to write the Eulogy for Mandy, this can be found here
We will never forget you Mandy. Your legacy and inspiration will go on for generations to come. Stay safe, goodnight Ma'am.
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Article by: Wg Cdr B Wilson RAF VR(T) RETD - 3 Welsh Wing Vice President & Deputy Webmaster
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