A long family tradition is set to come to an end when Wing Commander Alison Moodie, based at RAF Leuchars, leaves No. 612 Squadron after a distinguished career in the service spanning 42 years.
Resident in Cupar, she is one of seven members of her family to have served in the squadron.
The tradition was started by Wing Commander Moodie’s father, who was a member of the original No612 RAuxAF Flying Squadron in Aberdeen during the war.
This week she saw her long service marked with the presentation of the OBE at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her contribution to the development of reservist medical services, notably with regard to recruitment, developing links with the community and instilling the highest clinical standards and service values into her squadron.
Also the holder of the Air Efficiency and Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal - it was awarded in 2007 - she said that the OBE highlighted the squadron’s medical commitment to supporting the ‘front line’ by providing medical support to armed service personnel.
Asked how she felt about her impending departure, Wing Commander Moodie said: ”It is really strange.
“It has been part of my life for so long, but it is a good time to go with the squadron in such a great state. It is very vibrant.
“I think the future for the medical services is really bright. It is really buoyant.
“The country really needs them, the military needs them and the NHS, especially NHS Scotland, have been extraordinarly good allowing people off for training and to deploy.”
A founder member of the reformed independent No612 Squadron, based at Leuchars, since 1995 - which she described as a highlight of her career - she has filled several posts, latterly as Officer Commanding, being appointed in 2007 for a four-year period.
During this time, the squadron has made an immense contribution to deployed medical operations and Wing Commander Moodie added: ”To end up as the commanding officer of these unique, special people is absolutely fantastic
“ It has been an absolute privilege to work with them.
“People come to this unit and make lifelong friends.
“I shall miss them and the crack, but I shall still be in the ex-members’ association.”
In her civilian life, Aberdeen-born Wing Commander Moodie heads the MoD Community Midwifery Liaison Team in Gibralter looking after military families.
She will, however, continue in uniform for another two years having taken on an advisory appointment with NATO which will also involve some research into expanding the role of medical reservists.
Wing Commander Moodie was joined at Buckingham Palace by her husband, Jim, daughter Alexandra (24), a former pupil of Bell Baxter HS and a graduate of Edinburgh University and who resides in Manchester, and her boyfriend.