Graduation and awards for RAF servicemen and women

Graduates and award-winners with Air Vice-Marshal Andy Turner and Wing Commander John Booth, Officer Commanding the School of Aerospace Battle Management.
Graduates and award-winners with Air Vice-Marshal Andy Turner and Wing Commander John Booth, Officer Commanding the School of Aerospace Battle Management.

Graduates from the RAF School of Aerospace Battle Management at RAF Boulmer have been presented with their Certificates of Qualification.

As the RAF School of Aerospace Battle Management (SABM) celebrated its 25th anniversary at RAF Boulmer, Air Vice-Marshal Andy Turner, Air Officer Commanding Number 22 (Training) Group and Chief of Staff (Training) Headquarters Air Command, visited to see for himself the vital contribution that the unit plays in training the men and women who monitor our skies 24/7, 365 days a year.

During a formal ceremony, Air Vice-Marshal Turner presented Certificates of Qualification (CQ) to some of the students who have graduated during a very successful year for the staff and trainees of the school. Other awards presented during the ceremony were the Chief Instructor’s award and individual awards to the students who had produced the best overall performance during their course.

The SABM delivers training for RAF aerospace battle management officers and airmen/airwomen of the aerospace systems operator/manager trades.

It also provides relevant, high-quality battlespace management training to all elements of the UK Armed Forces, as well as our Allies within NATO and partners from further afield. Its staff has provided almost 100 courses to nearly 600 trainees during the last training year.

The CQ is awarded on successful completion of the identification officer, weapons control officer or aerospace systems operator courses. For junior officers, this confirms their commission in the Royal Air Force and for basic trade training students in Trade Group 12 (aerospace systems operator), graduation confirms their position in the Royal Air Force.

The CQ also represents the start of what will undoubtedly be a diverse and exciting career; many of the personnel who received awards have already undertaken a variety of operational tasks, supporting both UK and NATO security commitments at home and on deployed operations worldwide.

Addressing the graduates during a speech at the ceremony, Air Vice-Marshal Turner said: “Everyone in this room will realise just what a fantastic achievement this is – not just because you have got through your courses, but to have been selected for the course in the first instance.

“It is such a high bar that you have had to get over, and the fact that you have managed to get here, met the requirements and delivered such high standards is quite exceptional.

“I think it is important that you release how important you are in your roles, not just to the MoD, to Air Command, but to the country – the skills and capabilities that you have developed during your training are absolutely vital.

“Some of you are already controlling aircraft which are defending our skies today, some may well have served and provided some security in the Baltic states and in the South Atlantic too.

“It is a continuous, unrelenting, unblinking eye that you provide for the country.

“You are the future of the Royal Air Force, and I offer my thanks for your hard work and huge congratulations to those who have graduated today.”

Air Vice-Marshal Turner went on to thank the families of serving personnel for their continuous support. He said: “I would not be where I am today if had not been for the support of my wife, my children and my friends.

“Your family is the fabric around you; in times of stress or difficulty your family is your support and it is crucial to be able to lean on them, especially when you are deployed away from home on operations. That is why I am so pleased to see so many families here today, so I can say on behalf of the RAF – thank you for your support – thank you for all being here.”

Air Vice-Marshal Turner also passed on his immense gratitude to the staff and instructors of the school for their vital contribution, not only for their formal instruction, but for coaching and mentoring students throughout their courses.

He also recognised the diversity of the workforce that sits within the SABM: “The fact that you have regular and reserve personnel working alongside civil servants and contractors is a fundamental part of our approach to life today and it is working really well here at the school.”

Details of awards and certificates

Identification Officer Course Graduates: Flying Officer Bell; Flying Offier Williams; Pilot Officer Halton; Flight Sergeant McNickle; Sergeant Baker; Sergeant Tregunno; Flying Officer Gagg; Pilot Officer Rose; Sergeant Etches.

Weapons Control Course Graduates: Flying Officer Ablard; Flying Officer Cooper; Flying Officer Phillips; Flying Officer Burley; Flying Officer Jones; Flying Officer O’Toole; Sergeant Davies; Sergeant Maguire.

Basic Trade Training Course Graduates: Leading Aircraftman Barras; Leading Aircraftman Bell; Leading Aircraftman Brennan; Leading Aircraftwoman Chick; Leading Aircraftman Dodd; Leading Aircraftman Emsley; Leading Aircraftman Hingley; Leading Aircraftman Gallagher; Leading Aircraftwoman Hughson; Leading Aircraftman Logan; Leading Aircraftman Lyons; Leading Aircraftman Barrow; Leading Aircraftman Blundell; Leading Aircraftman Pearce-Le-Roy; Leading Aircraftman Halliday; Leading Aircraftman Jones; Leading Aircraftman Lazell; Leading Aircraftman Mann; Leading Aircraftman Minnis; Leading Aircraftman Robinson; Leading Aircraftman Stewart; Leading Aircraftman Tarr; Leading Aircraftman Theobald; Leading Aircraftman Wharton; Leading Aircraftman Wider.

BAe Systems Identification Course Student of the Year Award: Sergeant Tregunno

BAe Systems Weapons Control Course Student of the Year Award: Flying Officer Cooper

BAe Systems Basic Trade Training Student of the Year Award: Senior Aircraftman Barrass

The Association of Royal Air Force Fighter Control Officers Steve Winslade Memorial Trophy: Flying Officer O’Toole

OC SABM Award: Senior Aircraftwoman Stubbs

Chief Instructor’s Award: Mrs Claire Moody