St. Michael's Branch


The Overseas Branch of the

Royal Air Force Police Association





Alan Rusling Memorial Award



2016 Co-Recipient






John Armfield














John served in the RAF Police from 1957 to 1979. He joined the RAF Police Association in 2002 and prior to his move to France was a member of the East Midlands Branch.

Having come to the conclusion in late 2014 that the Overseas Members of RAFPA had become the forgotten few he arranged for a canvass of members gaining support for an application to form an Overseas Branch of the Association. John envisaged that any such Branch would be ‘Virtual’ in nature being administered utilising its own website, electronic mail and the various social media platforms available.

In February 2015 John ‘Petitioned’ the Association Officers for permission to form the St.Michael’s Branch and that process is now history.

John was elected as Branch Chairman in May 2015 and re-elected in 2016. Under his quiet guidance the Branch has flourished ensuring that the Overseas members, who reside in 22 different countries worldwide, are no longer forgotten about when decisions are being made and there is no doubt that the Branch members are now amongst the best informed group of members in the Association. Since February 2015 he has demonstrated his commitment by attending two Association AGM’s and two meetings of the Executive Council, at  his own expense, as a voice for the Overseas members; it is his intention to once again represent the Branch at the EC meeting in London this October.

In 2016 John became an Association Trustee demonstrating an equal level of commitment to the Association as a whole.

John most certainly shares one of Alan Rusling’s core values firmly believing that “The member comes first, Egos come last”.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the St.Michael's Branch John became co-recipient on the 14th occasion of the Memorial Award.


August 2016




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