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28 November 2016

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WARRANT OFFICER CELEBRATES 38 YEAR CAREER

Warrant Officer Thomas Davies celebrated his retirement after an extensive 38 year service career on Friday 25 November 2016 before departing from RAF Benson for the final time.

An experienced Air Traffic Controller, Thomas has served at RAF Benson for the last 13 years, and his plethora of achievements is testament to his character and commitment. A hugely personable individual, he has set the highest of standards and has been an invaluable role model for those serving with him.

First joining the RAF in 1978, Thomas was posted to RAF Scampton as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller. It was here that he volunteered for duties on The Queen’s Flight; a decision that subsequently ensured his selection for a permanent post and a successive move to RAF Benson in 1979. For his commitment and loyalty, Thomas was awarded a Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 1982. Remaining on the flight after his promotion to Corporal, he was posted to RAF Brize Norton several years later in 1986. In that same year, in recognition of his exceptional service on The Queen’s Flight, he was personally awarded the Royal Victoria Medal from HM The Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Warrant Officer Davies waves goodbye

Upon graduating from the Joint Air Traffic Control Course at RAF Shawbury in 1988, Davies returned to RAF Brize Norton as an Air Traffic Controller. Tours at RAF Waddington and RAF Abingdon followed, before moving back to RAF Benson in 1992. Thomas completed the Area Radar Training Course at RAF Shawbury in 1995 and was subsequently promoted to Flight Sergeant. It was then that he undertook Area Radar Controlling duties at the London Air traffic Control Centre at RAF West Drayton; five years later in 2000, Thomas was promoted to Warrant Officer.

In 2003, Thomas returned to RAF Benson for what was to be the final time, undertaking the role of Air Traffic Control Squadron Warrant Officer. One of the first Local Examining Officers within his trade, Thomas was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his services to the RAF in 2011. Two years’ later in 2013, Davies was awarded the Air Command Deputy Commander’s Team Commendation for Meritorious Service with the Air Traffic Control Team.

Throughout his lengthy and diverse career, WO Thomas Davies has proven to be incomparable asset to the RAF; his sound and utterly reliable counsel has been cherished by all who have had the honour to serve with him. RAF Benson wishes him all the best in his well-earned retirement from the Service.

WO Davies Atop A Fire Engine

Images by SAC Amy Lupton RAF

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