On this poignant of days, the new generation of Gunners has graduated and our warmest congratulations go to the members of TG 4-18 EL ALAMEIN Flight here at RAF Honington today.
The Reviewing Officer, Air Commodore Frank Clifford OBE MA* RAF, Force Protection Commander and also RAF Regiment Commandant, addressed the Graduates with the ‘right to serve in the footsteps of your forefather’s. The Royal Air Force has no boundaries as to what you can achieve.’
El Alamein Flight is part of a new generation of Trainee Gunners (TGs), who have successfully completed the 20 weeks of Phase 2 training. EL ALAMEIN Flight commemorates the famous WWII Western Desert Battle Honour of No II Squadron RAF Regiment from its antecedent, No 2 Armoured Car Company.
Air Commodore Clifford added: ‘At 0200 yesterday morning, 75 years ago, your forefathers were boarding landing craft ahead of the landings in Normandy. As their commander, I have members of the RAF Regiment serving globally and you have now joined that global team’.
Further congratulations to the Prize Winners:
Cpl Bradfield Trophy: Cpl Whiten
The Corporal Bradfield Trophy preserves the example of the past embodied by Corporal Bradfield, in the standards set by the JNCOs of today. It is awarded to the Corporal Instructor who has displayed leadership, motivation and above all else has set an exemplary standard for the recruits to follow.
Frank Sylvester Trophy: LAC Williams
To commemorate her late husband’s dedication to the Corps and in particular to the training of young Gunners, his widow presented the Frank Silvester Trophy for award to the best all-round Trainee Gunner of each course.
Drill & Deportment: LAC Davies
This award is made to the Trainee Gunner who has developed an excellent military deportment, assessed both on and off duty, on the parade square and, most importantly during field exercises
WO Ramsey Cup: LAC Sayle
This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who achieves the greatest improvement during the physical development course
LAC Beard Trophy: LAC Davies
This trophy is awarded to the Gunner who has been voted by his peers on the Course as the most inspirational and supportive member of the Flight. The recipient of this trophy has provided loyalty, dependability and motivation to those around him during the toughest moments of the training
SAC Luders Champion Shot Trophy: LAC McLaren
This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who has shot consistently well throughout the course. He would also be the student who has shown consistent military awareness, on battle and field-firing exercises, in the selection of his shooting positions and use of cover. He would also be one who has demonstrated consistently a high standard of weapon handling and safety awareness throughout the course
On graduating from this course, the Leading Aircraftmen will be posted to one of the Corps’ regular field squadrons, trained to such a level that he could immediately commence Mission Specific Training for contingency operations. Each graduate is welcomed into a family that is constituted as a Corps, styled as a Regiment and dedicated to the successful conduct of air operations.
A total of 25 TG’s graduated and are posted as follows;
- 34 Squadron (RAF Leeming) – 4
- 63 Squadron (RAF Northolt) – 4
- 51 Squadron (RAF Lossiemouth) – 4
- 15 Squadron (RAF Honington) – 2
- 27 Squadron (RAF Honington) - 9
- 2 Squadron (RAF Brize Norton) – 2