On 2nd February 2016, 115 recruits graduated in front of family and friends with a fly past from a Puma from RAF Benson.
The Parade Reviewing Officer was Group Captain David Manning, Station Commander of RAF Northolt, who said “I was extremely impressed by the standard of the parade.”
Officer Commanding Pearson Intake, Flt Lt Pete Edwards, said: “The training staff of Pearson Intake have worked tirelessly to ensure that every recruit was led, guided and mentored throughout the course. Of course, to do this is their job, but they take it personally and invest a huge amount of themselves in the recruits’ learning and welfare to ensure that they get the best results possible. It is this effort and investment which makes the recruits take ownership of their learning and develops in them not only the will to succeed on the Basic Recruit Training Course, but also the desire to flourish throughout their RAF careers. I cannot express how proud I am of my training team and the effort they have put in.”
Squadron Leader Louise Henton, Officer Commanding Recruit Training Squadron, said: “Pearson Intake managed to graduate a record high number of recruits this training year. Basic Recruit Training is not an easy course and not all will get through first time round. Each member of the RTS instructional staff make a personal investment to guide and teach the recruits over the 10 week course and the fruits of their labour is demonstrated come Graduation Day. The high of 115 recruits fit for graduation was a result of the hard work they all put in to support their recruits and nurture them throughout their training. They should be justifiably proud of their efforts, the Graduation was a great day and it was fantastic to see so many recruits out on the Parade Square.”
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