Change in Command
RAF Benson has a new Stn Cdr. Gp Capt Mason OBE MA RAF formally handed over the appointments of Stn Cdr and Puma and Merlin Force Commander to Gp Capt Nigel Colman OBE MA RAF.
An experienced helicopter navigator, Gp Capt Colman is no stranger to RAF Benson, having previously commanded 78 Sqn between 2007 and 2010, during which time he successfully integrated the additional Mk3A Merlin helicopters into the Merlin Force and subsequently led the Merlin Force into Afghanistan in 2009. Having previously served with 33 Squadron and the Rotary Wing Operational Evaluation and Training Unit, Gp Capt Colman brings extensive experience to the many facets of operations at the station.