Beckett Intake have completed formal basic training and Graduated this week. Numbering 94 in all, they marched out on to the Henderson Parade Square on a bright chilly day behind Flight Commander, Flight Lieutenant Craig Nicholls to the sound of The Central Band Of The Royal Air Force, led by Warrant Officer Gardner.
The Reviewing Officer was Group Captain Gareth Bryant, Puma 2 Gazelle Delivery Team. The fly past by an A400M from LXX (70 Squadron) based at RAF Brize Norton.
The Queen’s Colour was paraded and borne by Flt Lt Clarke with Colour Warrant Officer, Tracey Kenworthy and Colour Escorts, Sgt Paul Deacon and Sgt Shenton Enoe, making up the Colour Party.
Group Captain Bryant presented trophies and prizes to the top recruits, who were:
AC Giles – The Rothschild Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in Initial Force Protection Training,
AC Godfrey - The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire’s Trophy, awarded for the greatest improvement during BRTC.
AC Shaw - The Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy, awarded for the greatest determination and perseverance on BRTC.
AC Daley - The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in drill and deportment, and The Lord Trenchard Trophy, awarded to the Most Outstanding Recruit has been the best overall in General Service Training and General Service Knowledge.
AC Birch - The Halton Apprentice Shield, awarded to the recruit who has displayed the highest overall standard of effort, determination and achievement in physical education and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Trophy, awarded for displaying the greatest willingness to help others
At the end of the Parade the Recruits were re-united with their families and headed to the Newcomer’s Club for some welcome refreshments. The Recruits will then disperse to their professional career training and some will ‘hold’ at RAF Halton until their courses mature.