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Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone, Royal Air Force

#1 Post by SO19 » Tue 15 Apr, 2008 2:54 pm

Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone and Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson killed in Afghanistan
A Military Operations news article

15 Apr 08

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the deaths of Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone of the Royal Air Force Regiment and Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment on Sunday 13 April 2008 in Afghanistan.


The Support Weapons Flight of 3 Squadron RAF Regiment was undertaking a patrol to protect NATO's Kandahar Airfield from enemy attack in the Daman District of Kandahar province. At 1848 hours local time, the vehicle that they were travelling in was caught in an explosion. SAC Livingstone and SAC Thompson were both extracted to the field hospital at Kandahar Airfield, but sadly died as a result of their wounds.

Two other servicemen were injured in the blast, however their injuries are not life threatening and one has subsequently returned to duty.

Senior Aircraftman Graham 'Livi' Livingstone

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Senior Aircraftman Graham Keter Livingstone, aged 23, was born on 17 November 1984 in Glasgow. He initially joined the Royal Marines for a short period in 2003, before joining the Royal Air Force on 17 October 2004.

After completion of his basic training, SAC Livingstone became a trainee gunner on 13 December 2004. He was posted onto 3 Squadron RAF Regiment at Aldergrove on 4 March 2005, and moved with the Squadron when they were relocated to RAF Wittering in the spring of 2007. He was promoted to Senior Aircraftman on 17 October 2005 and whilst with 3 Squadron he served in Iraq in 2006 and deployed to Afghanistan on 22 February 2008.

SAC Livingstone's mother, Rosemary O'Neil, said:

"Graham was a much loved father, son and brother. He died doing a job he loved. As a family we are very proud and he will be sadly missed."

Officer Commanding 3 Squadron RAF Regiment, Squadron Leader Richard Langley said:

"Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone was 23 years old, from Strathclyde, Scotland. Better known to the Squadron as "Livi", he was one of the brightest characters on the Squadron. Having served in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, he was a very operationally experienced gunner, and his professionalism showed in all that he did. Always with a smile, a throw away line and a gag, Livi's humour was at the heart of Support Weapons Flight. He was one of us and his loss has been deeply felt by us all.

"The loss of "Tommo" and "Livi" is a tragic blow to all who knew, trained and fought alongside them. Both men were immensely popular and professional, and the humour both brought to the Squadron was immeasurable. "Tommo" and "Livi" will be terribly missed by their colleagues in the RAF Regiment here in Kandahar, but also in Basra and in the UK. We will honour their memory by standing resolute in our duty to Afghanistan in the manner they embodied with determination and pride. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this tragic time."

Commanding Officer 1 RAF Force Protection Wing, Wing Commander Scott Miller said:

"SAC Graham Livingstone was an immensely popular member of Support Weapons Flight on 3 Squadron RAF Regiment. His fine sense of humour and positive character played a key role in maintaining the morale of his colleagues whilst facing the dangerous and challenging, but vital mission in defence of Kandahar Airfield. Graham was the sort of Gunner who, with high professional skill and deep determination, sought to keep others safe, irrespective of the personal cost. He invariably put the needs of his friends and colleagues first. He will be sorely missed.

Commander Kandahar Airfield, Air Commodore Bob Judson said:

"Both SAC Graham Livingstone and SAC Gary Thompson were bright lights in a vibrant and enthusiastic RAF Regiment Squadron that is utterly focused and professional in discharging the difficult and dangerous task of providing the outer layer of protection and security at Kandahar Airfield. These two enthusiastic, brave, popular and capable men have made the ultimate sacrifice whilst giving their best; their loss will be keenly felt by all on this base but most especially the members of No 1 Force Protection Wing and No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment. The bright lights may have been dimmed but they will never be forgotten and my thoughts are very much with both Gary's and Graham's families at this most difficult of times."

Officer Commanding Support Weapons Flight, 3 Sqn RAF Regiment, Flight Lieutenant Andy Costin said:

"Graham 'Livi' Livingstone was a cheeky Gunner who could always quip with a remark. He excelled as a Number 1 on my Mortar Flight. Our standing joke on the Support Weapons Flight was that he was always to be last in charge. The challenge for me as his flight commander was to make use of his abundant enthusiasm and steer it in the best possible direction. He found that direction as my Signaller, always performing his duties to the utmost. Livi is going to be sorely missed upon the Flight and the Squadron.

Squadron Warrant Officer, No 3 Squadron RAF Regiment, Warrant Officer Garry Eden said:

"Graham Livingstone and Gary Thompson became Royal Air Force Regiment Gunners and to the end they were the true spirit of an RAF Regiment Gunner – they were Fighting, Thinking, Winning Gunners. They were a sure defence to all they served."

Tributes to Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone from the Lads of Support Weapons Flight, 3 Squadron RAF Regiment:

"Livi was an avid Celtic supporter from the outskirts of Glasgow. A keen driver and amateur DJ, he joined the RAF Regiment at the age of 20 and was posted to 3 Sqn. He was employed on C Flight where he soon proved himself to be an accomplished marksman, selected to be a sharpshooter, he took pride in his ability to master weapon systems. He then went on to Support Weapons Flt where he quickly found he had a skill for the 81mm Mortar, achieving excellent results on his Basic Mortar Cadre; he was quickly elevated to the No 1 position of number 2 Det, it was clear he had found his place. Livi was employed as the Flight Commander's signaller and was responsible for the communications on three different operating systems keeping the Flight Commander current and situationally aware.

"Graham leaves behind Kyle his young son. Never shy to speak his mind, Livi was adept at throw away statements. His fervent willingness to improve himself, be an asset to his flight and to keep the morale of the troops up, even at his own expense, will be sorely missed. And for us all, never again to say, 'SHUT UP LIVI.'"

Defence Secretary Des Browne said:

"I was greatly saddened by the tragic loss of Senior Aircraftman Graham Livingstone and Senior Aircraftman Gary Thompson. They were both extremely well liked and popular airmen and will be sorely missed by all who knew them. My thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends at what must be the most difficult of times."
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#2 Post by SO19 » Tue 15 Apr, 2008 2:55 pm

My deepest sympathies to all of Graham's family & friends.

Rest in Peace Livi.
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#3 Post by Pilgrim Norway » Wed 16 Apr, 2008 9:37 pm

My sincere condolences

Anyone counting the cost here ? It's enormous
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#4 Post by sportbilly42 » Wed 16 Apr, 2008 10:47 pm

My sincere condolences to family and friends.

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#5 Post by anglo-saxon » Wed 16 Apr, 2008 11:25 pm

Another promising life cut short.

Rest easy, mate.

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#6 Post by harry hackedoff » Thu 17 Apr, 2008 4:47 pm

Time spent at CTC is time well-spent.
My condolences to all who mourn this man and to young Kyle.

Rest Easy Graham.
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#7 Post by London Boy » Fri 18 Apr, 2008 8:27 am

Rest in Peace.


From an ex-gunner
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#8 Post by Bob Livingstone » Sat 19 Apr, 2008 1:47 am

I am Robert (Bob) Livingstone, the Father of SAC Livingstone GK (Deceased).

I am very proud of what Graham stood for and was trying to achieve.

He died, along with his friend, mate, partner, opo or whatever, Gary, doing what he believed had to be done.

He was a young man.

He was a Father, to Kyle.

He thought nothing about putting his life before others.

I have just come back today from RAF Lyneham where he came home and was repatriated with great respect and dignity, no less than he and Gary deserved.

Not only that, he was a sensitive and thoughtful son, who had taken the time to reply to his mail, which has now arrived.

Not only has he spoken from his heart, but he has spoken from beyond the grave. Only a hero can do that.

With much Love Graham, I and others, salute you.

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#9 Post by nikki » Sat 19 Apr, 2008 2:50 pm

graham and i were together for a year and a half a few years back. this news deeply sadens me, as we were still close friends and kept in contact.

he was such a kind caring individual it is so unfair that he has been taken from us. he did love his job very much and really did think they could make a difference.

my sincere condolences to his mum,dad brother sister and little kyle. ur daddy will be looking down on you keeping you safe.

r.i.p graham.

love always

nikki

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#10 Post by harry hackedoff » Sat 19 Apr, 2008 5:18 pm

God bless you and your family, Mister Livingstone.
I am truly sorry for your tragic loss and offer you the deepest sympathy from all regular and former serving members of this site.
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#11 Post by Pilgrim Norway » Sat 19 Apr, 2008 7:43 pm

I'll echo that -

I wish you strength in a troubled time. Thank you for entering the Forum.

Take care Bob.

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#12 Post by Kirsten Livingstone » Mon 21 Apr, 2008 7:48 pm

Rest in Peace Graham

From All Livingstone's in Beith.

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#13 Post by anglo-saxon » Mon 21 Apr, 2008 10:35 pm

Livingstone family...

My family's prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult of times. We pray that you would find peace and be able to come to terms with what has happened.

Our most sincere condolences and regards,

A-S and family.

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#14 Post by Steven & Morag Corey » Tue 29 Apr, 2008 3:44 am

To Robert and extended family:

It is with great sadness that we hear of the loss of SAC Graham K Lvingstone. The Corey Family here in America remembers all of the Livingstone Family in our prayers, and we send our blessings to help you through this tough time. May peace eventually be with you all.

Steven wishes to add, as a former member of the US Air Force, that his heart has been broken in hearing of this loss of a fellow Air Force brother.

Graham has given the ultimate sacrifice so that we in the western world may enjoy the freedom we have today. We salute you Graham, and sincerely thank you.

Graham, may you be at peace now with our heavenly Father, with love Uncle Steve, Aunt Morag and family

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#15 Post by RobT » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 2:56 pm

To The Livingstone family. It is with great pride i was at Grahams funeral as i was part of the escort party from The Queens Colour Squadron. I hope we did a great job and gave Graham the send off he deserved. Take Care all.

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