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RAF Boulmer's commander to take up new role in Afghanistan.

THE boss of a Northumberland RAF base is leaving to take up a key new role in Afghanistan.

Station Commander Jeff Portlock, who is group captain at RAF Boulmer, near Alnwick, is leaving this summer to take up the position of Commander Bastion and CO 903 Expeditionary Air Wing.

Group Capt Portlock, 43, was selected to fill the six month position in overall control of the multi-national Camp Bastion.

He came to Boulmer in 2010 on a two-year posting as Air Surveillance and Control Systems Force Commander, in charge of it and seven other bases and 1,500 personnel.

Group Capt Portlock, who has twice been to Afghanistan to visit Boulmer personnel, informed staff of his departure in an internal memo.

He said: "I have hugely enjoyed Boulmer but that is just what happens in the service, you get moved on to different posts. It is a big job and therefore it is seen as a privilege to be given the opportunity to be in command in the theatre of operations."

He'll be replaced at Boulmer by Group Capt Paul Atkinson from RAF Northwood.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Apr 27, 2012
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