A Royal Air Force (RAF) serviceman from St Marys Bay in Kent, has recently been awarded the Chief of the Air Staffs’ (CAS) Commendation in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.
Squadron Leader Gaz Stevens, a former pupil of Harvey Grammar School for Boys, joined the RAF in September 1998. Following in his grandads’ footsteps, Gaz initially joined as a Propulsion Technician and commissioned in 2006 as an Engineer Officer.
Gaz, currently serving at RAF Brize Norton on Voyager Force, has had a busy career, including two operational tours. It is Gaz’s hard work at a previous Station, RAF Cosford that he has been recognised for this commendation. Gaz set up the Jon Egging Trust (JET) Blue Skies programme at RAF Cosford and raised £32k for JET and many other charities including RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
Blue Skies is a flagship youth engagement programme, an intensive, targeted, early intervention programme working with young people from the age of 10+ who are often underachieving or come from challenging backgrounds and may be at risk of falling out of education.
“I feel so very proud and honoured to have received a Chief of the Air Staffs’ (CAS) Commendation. I cannot praise or thank all my team enough at RAF Cosford who worked with me to achieve so much. Working with the Jon Egging Trust was incredibly rewarding and to be able to tangibly turn our fund-raising efforts into helping and supporting young people from the local area was an amazing opportunity.”
Squadron Leader Gaz Stevens
Voyager Force Support Executive Officer
In his personal time, Gaz enjoys spending time with his family, riding motorbikes and is also the Chairman of the RAF Theatrical Association (RAFTA).