New Years Honour for RAF Valley Sqn Commander

06 January 2016

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Wing Commander Dan Beard, formerly of RAF Valley, has been awarded a OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours List.

Wg Cdr Dan Beard at RAF Valley

The award was given for his exceptional commitment as Officer Commanding No IV (Reserve) Squadron based at Royal Air Force Valley 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.

TMK2 Hawks

On 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.

TMK2 Hawk.

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