Awards and honours given out at RAF ceremony

Recipients with Station Commander Royal Air Force Boulmer, Group Captain Paul Atkinson.
Recipients with Station Commander Royal Air Force Boulmer, Group Captain Paul Atkinson.

Royal Air Force personnel from north Northumberland have been recognised with a series of awards and honours.

A ceremony was held at the Officers’ Mess at RAF Boulmer for servicemen and women last week.

Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Atkinson, welcomed family, friends and colleagues of the recipients and presented the following awards:

The Deputy Commander’s Commendation was given to Flight Lieutenant Ed Williams, in recognition of meritorious service rendered to the Royal Air Force while serving in Air Command.

Squadron Leader Sean Gell, from the Royal Australian Air Force was given the Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group Commendation along with Chris Pollard, Sergeant Craig Thomson, Corporal Adrian Lown and Senior Aircraftman Claire Martindale, in recognition of their outstanding team contribution while serving No 1 Group.

The Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Force Commander’s Commendation was given to Flight Lieutenant Sophie Atkinson and Corporal Chris Lumb, for outstanding service while serving in the ASACS Force Command.

And for completing at least 90 days’ concurrent service on operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation HERRICK, Flight Lieutenant Tony Clayton, Senior Aircraftman Lee Benson, Senior Aircraftman Andrew Livingston, Senior Aircraftman Jamie Foster and Senior Aircraftman Nick Riordan were given the Operational Service Medal with Clasp (Afghanistan).

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Clasp was given to Flight Sergeant Fergie Cliff.

The award is given for 30 years’ outstanding service. After 15 years’ unblemished service a medal is awarded and a clasp is given to those who complete a further 15 years’ qualifying serving as well as being assessed as very good throughout and recommended by his Commanding Officer.

And the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, for 15 years’ unblemished service in the RAF, went to Corporal George Hartley

Finally, the Royal Air Force Sports Colours (Swimming) went to Corporal Jenny Field, in recognition of her representing the RAF in swimming at the very highest levels.

After the presentation, Gp Cpt Atkinson said: “It has given me enormous pleasure today to present these awards today.

“There has been such a wide selection of award winners; some have dedicated their working lives to the Royal Air Force, others have served in Afghanistan and there have been acts of great bravery and initiative.

“All of our personnel today have shown professionalism, loyalty, courage and commitment in the service of the Royal Air Force.

“I would also like to thank the families of all our personnel for their continued support of their loves ones”.