On Thursday 8 April 2021, the 9 successful graduates of Junior Regiment Officers Course No 125 celebrated their graduation here at RAF Honington. As RAF Regiment Officers they will specialise in ground combat tactics, weaponry and field craft. They will lead and direct the RAF Regiment Squadrons that protect RAF bases and forward operating bases.
Reviewing Officer Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell, Air Commodore Suraya Marshall ADC MA LLB RAF said:
It is an honour to be Reviewing Officer for the graduation of the Junior Regiment Officers’ Course No 125 at RAF Honington. The course is one of the most challenging in the RAF, but even more so being undertaken during the pandemic. The graduating Junior Regiment Officers, their instructors and support staff should be justifiably proud of what they have achieved. I congratulate them all.
A further Congratulations go to the Prize Winners from the Junior Regiment Officers Course No 125.
The Vaux Trophy awarded to Fg Off Murray
The Vaux Trophy is awarded to the JROC student who, in the opinion of the instructors, has displayed the most outstanding development and character throughout the course.
The Kapuscinski Sword awarded to Fg Off Richmond
This standard pattern RAF sword was commissioned and presented at a Service of Dedication on 20 December 1984 by fellow students in memory of Flying Officer Stephen Phillip Andrew Kapuscinski. Flying Officer Kapuscinski was a student on JROC 1/84, who died of injuries received in a road traffic accident during training on 28 September 1984.
The Kapuscinski sword is awarded by the Commandant General of the RAF Regiment to the student who, during the JROC, has demonstrated outstanding ability in leadership and shows the greatest potential.
The Barratt Sword awarded to Fg Off Hudson
The Barratt Sword is a Cavalry Officer’s Sabre bearing a RAF Sword knot. The sword was presented to the RAF Regiment by Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Barratt and was initially awarded at the Officer Cadet Training Unit at the RAF Regiment Depot as the sword of honour until 1948.
The Barratt sword is awarded alongside the RAF Regiment Dinner Club book prize to the student who has displayed the highest levels of proficiency and character in all aspects of the Junior Regiment Officers’ Course.
Station Commander Group Captain Dutch Holland said:
I am delighted to welcome the graduating officers of No 125 Junior Regiment Officers Course into the family of the RAF Regiment. I wish them every success as they move to operational Squadrons to command and lead their Gunners delivering specialist Air Force Protection to meet the world-wide needs of the Next Generation RAF.