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RAF personnel deployed in the Middle East recognised for Meritorious Service

Members of the Royal Air Force have been recognised with an Air Officer Commanding 83 Expeditionary Air Group Commendation for their contribution to Air Operations in the Middle East.

Fourteen individuals and two teams have been awarded a 1 Star Commendation as a result of the high levels of excellence they delivered throughout their deployment. The successful recipients have all been deployed on counter Daesh operations between 1st October 2020 and 31st March 2021. 

“It gives me great pleasure to award these deserving individuals and teams with my Commendation, I would like to congratulate everyone and thank them for their outstanding commitment and excellence.  Their meritorious service has directly supported the UK mission in the Middle East.” 

Air Commodore Simon Strasdin
Air Officer Commanding 83 EAG

The following have been recognised:

83 Expeditionary Air Group

Squadron Leader A.W.J BARBER

Squadron Leader J. LUCAS

Flight Lieutenant D. POLLARD 

Flight Lieutenant R.T. STRACHAN

Sergeant A.J. AUSTIN


901 Expeditionary Air Wing



Senior Aircraftman L.K. FINNIGAN


902 Expeditionary Air Wing

Corporal J. ALLEN


903 Expeditionary Air Wing

Squadron Leader I.J. HART

Flight Lieutenant L.C. PLAYLE

903 Expeditionary Air Wing’s C-130 Detachment


906 Expeditionary Air Wing

Flight Lieutenant J. GRAY

Sergeant P.L. FORREST

Senior Aircraftman P.A. SHORT

906 Expeditionary Air Wing’s Movements Team

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