MBE for RAF officer serving at Boulmer

Flight Lieutenant Kat Janes
Flight Lieutenant Kat Janes

An RAF officer serving in Northumberland has been awarded an MBE.

Flight Lieutenant Kat Janes, 42, an Aerospace Battle Manager, based at RAF Boulmer, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Flt Lt Janes, who lives in Alnwick, has combined her career in the RAF with a range of voluntary and sporting endeavours, including planning and leadership of air experience flights for individuals and their carers.

Keen microlight pilot Kat was honoured to receive a prestigious MBE.

She said: “It was a complete surprise that I was even nominated for the MBE, let alone be awarded one.

“All the ventures that I have been involved with are as part of a team and without the commitment and dedication of others, I could not have accomplished any of my chosen feats.

“I hope that this award will inspire others in whatever they want to achieve.

“It will certainly galvanise my determination to strive even harder in my next chapter.”

Flt Lt Janes, from Leicester, joined the RAF in 2003.

She said: “For as long as I could remember I wanted to fly and, when I saw the opportunities the RAF could offer me, I knew I wanted to join.

“When I was old enough, I decided that I wanted to apply to be a Fighter Controller, as it was called then.

“Now an Aerospace Battle Manager and I have really enjoyed all aspects of my job.”

In 2015, Kat was part of a team of seven who flew a 2,000-mile journey around the British coastline in a microlight, as part of an initiative called Flying for Freedom.

At the time, Kat said: “If you don’t try these things you never know what you can do.

“I had never flown a microlight before but when I was airborne, open to the elements, it’s unbelievable, the freedom you have up there is incredible.

“I was always an active person, enjoyed many sports and was always up for a challenge.”

Flt Lt Janes’ MBE honour comes during a special year for the RAF, as it marks its centenary.

RAF Boulmer has been playing an active role in the birthday celebrations.