Officer honoured with MBE

Squadron Leader Peter Gibb with his MBE.
Squadron Leader Peter Gibb with his MBE.

An RAF Boulmer officer has been presented with his MBE, awarded for his work during the London Olympics, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Squadron Leader Peter Gibb received the award for his excellent work in the planning of the Air Surveillance and Control Systems (ASACS) Force elements of the Air Security Plan for the Olympics in 2012, when existing UK air-security arrangements needed to be enhanced as part of a multi-layered approach to air security to protect the skies over London for the duration of the Games.

For two years prior to the Games, and in addition to his primary duties, Pete displayed innovation, initiative and determination in his design and development of the ASACS contribution and his ideas formed the basis of all operational planning for airspace security.

Using his encyclopaedic knowledge of radar systems and airspace management, Pete worked with numerous national and international agencies, such as the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Air Traffic Service to come up with a plan to control aircraft in the restricted and prohibited areas around London for the duration of the Games.

“We had to decide where to deploy our radars and our people in order to feed in the right level of information to our air surveillance teams,” he said.

Drawing up new plans and regulations to improve and enhance the means of monitoring airspace and developing new procedures enabled all the different agencies to support the Olympics and to operate effectively.

Pete said: “I am absolutely delighted, and honoured, to receive this prestigious award in recognition of my work, but there were many others across the ASACS Force who deserve recognition; the entire team were excellent”.

Pete, who lives in Alnwick, attended the ceremony at Buckingham Palace with his wife Hayley, sons Donald and David and stepdaughter Rachael.

An MBE is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.