Awards and honours to high-fliers

Honours and awards ceremony held at RAF Boulmer where RAF personnel were awarded medals and citations in recognition of their hard work for the Royal Air Force.
Honours and awards ceremony held at RAF Boulmer where RAF personnel were awarded medals and citations in recognition of their hard work for the Royal Air Force.

HONOURS and awards were presented to Royal Air Force and civilian personnel from RAF Boulmer and the Air Surveillance and Control Systems Force at a ceremony held in the Officers’ Mess.

The Station Commander, Group Capt Jeff Portlock, welcomed the recipients and their families to the ceremony, one of the largest in recent years, and thanked all those receiving awards for their dedication and professionalism.

He said: “Each of these individuals has gone beyond what is expected of them and what they have done contributes to what makes the Royal Air Force so special.”

Air Vice-Marshal Sandy Hunter was invited to present the awards.

He said: “I am honoured to be invited here today. It is over 20 years since I last had the privilege and I am amazed to see such a large group of recipients.

“I am especially glad to see families here, as it is they that offer so much support to their loved ones, particularly when they are serving overseas on operations.

“We are proud here in Northumberland to have the RAF among us and I feel that we are right to be proud when I see the standard of the men and women here today.”

The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to WO Chris Bragan.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Clasp was awarded to WO Adrian Price, WO Chris Bragan and WO Dave Hewson.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was awarded to Sgt Mark Lee and Cpl Del Brooks.

The Operational Service Medal and Clasp, awarded in recognition of service in support of operations in Afghanistan, was awarded to Fg Off Emma Bowers, Fg Off Caroline Fulford, Sgt Mark Lee, Sgt Phil Shannon, Cpl Lee Fearn, Cpl Matthew Pattinson and SAC Phil Royal.

Commander-in-Chief’s Commendations were awarded to Sqn Ldr Jules Tilley, Flt Lt Mark Gilmore and FS Eddie Budd. Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group Commendations were awarded to Mr Dave Chappell and Cpl Sean Cleary.

Chief of Staff Operations Commendations were awarded to FS Gordon Dunbar and FS Mal Lipton. Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group Team Commendation was awarded to the Station Labour Team of David Bickerton and John Wood).

Chief of Staff Operations Team Commendation was awarded to the SABM Trade Group 12 Training Cell A. United States Marine Corps Commendation was awarded to Sgt Pete Tuckerman.