Congratulations go to the 37 members of TG 1-21, Salalah Flight; the newest members of the RAF Regiment to have graduated here at RAF Honington today.
Reviewing Officer Air Commodore Thomas Burke, Assistant Chief of Staff Operations said:
The 37 newest members of the Corps should be immensely proud today. This isn’t simply the end of 20 weeks of demanding training. Each has earnt the coveted Royal Air Force Regiment ‘mudguards’ that signify their specialist skills and professional quality. I was delighted to be invited to be the Reviewing Officer and to share in their achievement with families, friends and the staff. Per Ardua!
The Band of the RAF Regiment provided the music and the attendance of loved ones is once again becoming a familiar sight as we continue to emerge post Covid-19, albeit with some precautionary measures still in place.
On graduating from this course, the Leading Aircraftmen are posted to either 1 Sqn RAF Regt here at RAF Honington or 15 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Marham), 34 Squadron RAF Regt (RAF Leeming), 51 Squadron RAF Regt (RAF Lossiemouth), 63 Squadron RAF Regt (RAF Northolt) and 4001 Flt (RAF Honington). They will be trained to such a level that they can immediately commence Mission Specific Training for contingency operations.
Further congratulations go to the Prize Winners:
Frank Sylvester Trophy: LAC Fellows
To commemorate her late husband’s dedication to the Corps and in particular to the training of young Gunners, his widow presented the Frank Silvester Trophy for award to the best all-round Trainee Gunner of each course.
The RAF Regt Association Trophy for Drill and Deportment: LAC Bartell-Ramirez
This award is made to the Trainee Gunner who has developed an excellent military deportment, assessed both on and off duty, on the parade square and, most importantly during field exercises
WO Ramsey Physical Development Cup: LAC Coles
This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who achieves the greatest improvement during the physical development course.
LAC Beard Recruits’ Trophy: LAC Nunn
This trophy is awarded to the Gunner who has been voted by his peers on the Course as the most inspirational and supportive member of the Flight. The recipient of this trophy has provided loyalty, dependability and motivation to those around him during the toughest moments of the training
SAC Luders Champion Shot Trophy: LAC Piper
This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who has shot consistently well throughout the course. He would also be the student who has shown consistent military awareness, on battle and field-firing exercises, in the selection of his shooting positions and use of cover. He would also be one who has demonstrated consistently a high standard of weapon handling and safety awareness throughout the course
Cpl Bradfield Trophy: Cpl Walker
The Corporal Bradfield Trophy preserves the example of the past embodied by Corporal Bradfield, in the standards set by the JNCOs of today. It is awarded to the Corporal Instructor who has displayed leadership, motivation and above all else has set an exemplary standard for the recruits to follow.