A Royal Air Force Airman in Afghanistan has been awarded an Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Commendation for his outstanding commitment to the job during his deployment at Kandahar Air Field (KAF).
Senior Aircraftsman Conor Brown, (28), served a four-month deployment in the 24-hour Receipt and Dispatch Section at KAF working in the Deployed Supply Group.
SAC Brown joined the RAF in 2004 as a Supplier and has served on numerous operations in Afghanistan, Oman, the Falkland Islands and Italy in support of the Libya conflict. He has worked at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Wittering. He now returns to the UK on promotion to Corporal and a move to RAF Benson.
During Brown’s deployment he witnessed some unexpected and extreme weather for Afghanistan; this affected the Tactical Air Transport (TacAT) fleet of aircraft. Brown’s dynamic response to this event was exceptional. He was quick to assess the impact to the Joint Support Chain and Reverse Chain Support, and prioritised the movement of unserviceable freight, this was invaluable. His selfless efforts helped to ensure the operational output was resumed as promptly as possible.
Brown was awarded an AOC Commendation for his remarkable efforts during this unlikely event. His arrival at KAF had an immediate impact on the operational output of his section. His attitude was exemplary and proved to be infectious to those around him. The operational output remains at a high tempo whilst on deployment and this creates a significant amount of pressure, this was where Brown’s commitment and leadership ensured the output was seamless.
“It is nice to receive the recognition, but I think anyone would have done the same thing in my position. I was just doing my job”, said Brown.
He added: “It was hard work, but it had to be done. Everyone was working hard, but this dedicated and committed team pulled together and got the job done. We had to get the right equipment from the right place in order to maintain the operational output and get the aircraft back in the air”.
Editor: Flt Lt Lee
Photographs: Sgt Hunt
SAC Brown at work at 904 EAW.
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