Thomas Rimmer (RAF officer)

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Thomas Rimmer
Born (1948-12-16) 16 December 1948 (age 69)
Died Perth, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1971–2004
Rank Air Vice Marshal
Commands held British Forces Cyprus (2000–03)
Royal Air Force College Cranwell (1998–00)
RAF Cottesmore (1990–92)
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

Air Vice Marshal Thomas William "Bill" Rimmer, CB, OBE (born 16 December 1948) is a former Royal Air Force officer who served as Commander of British Forces Cyprus.

Royal Air Force Aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.

British Forces Cyprus British Armed Forces stationed in the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

British Forces Cyprus (BFC) is the name given to the British Armed Forces stationed in the UK Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on the island of Cyprus and at a number of related 'retained sites' in the Republic of Cyprus. The United Kingdom retains a military presence on the island in order to keep a strategic location at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, for use as a staging point for forces sent to locations in the Middle East and Asia. BFC is a tri-service command, with all three services based on the island reporting to it. At present, there are approximately 3,500 personnel serving in Cyprus.

RAF career

Educated at Morrison's Academy and at the University of Edinburgh, Rimmer joined the Royal air Force in 1971. [1] He became Head of the RAF Presentation Team in 1989, Station Commander at RAF Cottesmore in 1990 and Senior UK Military Officer at the Western European Union in 1992. [1] He went on to be Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1998 and Commander British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas in 2000 before retiring in 2004. [2]

Morrisons Academy

Morrison's Academy is a co-educational day independent school in Crieff, Perth and Kinross, in Central Scotland. The school provides nursery, primary and secondary school facilities. It draws many pupils from surrounding Perth and Kinross and Stirling.

University of Edinburgh public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North.

RAF Cottesmore

Royal Air Force Station Cottesmore or more simply RAF Cottesmore is a former Royal Air Force station in Rutland, England, situated between Cottesmore and Market Overton. It latterly housed No. 122 Expeditionary Air Wing. On 15 December 2009 it was announced that the station would close in 2013 as part of defence spending cuts, along with the retirement of the Harrier GR9 and the disbandment of Joint Force Harrier. However the formal closing ceremony took place on 31 March 2011 with the airfield becoming a satellite to RAF Wittering until March 2012.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Angus Ramsay
Commander British Forces Cyprus
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Peter Pearson