Wing Commander Dan Beard, formerly of RAF Valley,
has been awarded a OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours List.
The award was given for his exceptional
commitment as Officer Commanding No IV (Reserve) Squadron based at Royal Air
and his delivery of fast jet training on the new Hawk TMk2 aircraft. He developed a cadre of motivated and
inspired instructors and worked to ensure trainee fast jet pilots were trained
effectively and efficiently whilst raising flying and training standards.
Described as calm, with intellectual patience and balance, his persistence also
ensured a good working relationship with contractors which was vital during his
time in command between February 2013
and 2015 and remains crucial today.
the announcement of his award, Wing Commander Beard said “Whilst this came as a total surprise, I am
honoured to have been recognised in this way. However, rather than a solo
effort, this is a reflection on all those who have worked long and hard over
the last decade in the development of the Hawk TMk2 capability within the UK
Military Flying Training System”.
Editor: Sqn Ldr Williams
Wg Cdr Dan Beard.
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