Former boxing bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo joined RAF Akrotiri in celebrating its first ever Station Awards Night.
The event held in the Sergeant’s Mess aimed to formally recognise military and civilian personnel who had demonstrated innovation and excellence as well as rewarding those who have made a significant contribution to the station community.
“The Awards Ceremony was the first of its kind at RAF Akrotiri; however, it is one which I have no doubt will become a tradition,”
“There are people all across the Station who work tirelessly to look after the community and support wider operations, and it is important to formally recognise the fantastic work that they do on a daily basis; I am extremely proud of their achievements.
“My thanks go to Aquila and Sodexo for sponsoring what was a truly memorable evening and, most importantly, my congratulations go to this year’s winners; inspirational.”
Group Captain Snaith, RAF Akrotiri Station Commander
Having wanted to have a military career himself, Anthony Ogogo was delighted to be asked to present the Sporting Achievement Award. He said:
"Being asked to come out here means so much to me because I am the soldier that never was."
“I wanted to be in the military when I was younger but boxing lead me down a particular path and I couldn’t do both and I had to keep my Olympic dream alive.
“It’s great to be at the award ceremony and to have the opportunity to commend those who deserve it.”
Personnel were nominated from across the station and the following awards were announced:
Fundraiser of the Year – Mrs Susan Smith – Awarded to the individual who has exhibited the most consistent or extraordinary efforts in raising funds in support of charitable organisations or in helping others in the local community above and beyond the call of duty.
Most outstanding contribution to RAF Akrotiri (Civilian) – Mrs Julie Jones - Awarded to the civilian who has made the most outstanding contribution to RAF Akrotiri and the surrounding area over the past year.
Most outstanding contribution to RAF Akrotiri (Military) - JMETS Ancillary and General Section- Awarded to the military employee who has made the most outstanding contribution to RAF Akrotiri and the surrounding area over the past year.
Most outstanding Team Award – SWOs Labour Force - Awarded to the team that has made the most outstanding contribution to RAF Akrotiri and the surrounding area over the past year.
Sporting Achievement Award – Mr Joshua Hemsley - Awarded to the individual who has demonstrated the highest level of sporting prowess or made a significant contribution to their chosen sport through personal endeavour.
The Lifetime Achievement Award – Mrs Jenny Revell - Awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement over the length of a career.
Most Outstanding Individual Award – FS Paul Donald - Awarded to the individual, military, civil servant or contractor, who had made the most outstanding contribution over the past year.
Unsung Hero Award – Mrs Katie Taylor - Awarded to the person who has made substantive achievements which have not been formally acknowledged.
Station Commanders Award – Chf Tech Shane Aldridge - Awarded to the individual who the Stn Cdr chose personally to recognise from the nominations received.