There were several awards categories ranging from the Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award to the Spirit of RAF Waddington Award each one given in recognition of how RAF Waddington’s personnel continue to make a significant contribution to operational output, take leading roles in the community and accomplish outstanding sporting achievements whilst continuing to provide world class Combat ISTAR from our home base and deployed locations around the world.
Gp Capt Tom Burke, Stn Cdr RAF Waddington said:
"To all of you, whether you were an award winner or runner up, I would like to thank you personally for your efforts and offer to you my sincere congratulations. The volume of such high calibre nominees is an indication of the exceptional people at RAF Waddington and it is a real privilege to share the stage with you at this event. Thank you."
The Resourcefulness and Innovation award was given to both Sgt Sparkes and CT Darbon.
This two-man team has excelled; displaying innovation, technical excellence and outstanding ability, exceeding expectations by a significant margin in their delivery of their duties as Sentry Airborne Technicians.
They had to overcome significant challenges which included funding, time constraints, manpower and equipment procurement, all of which were countered by their excellent project management and technical ability.
Challenged relentlessly by various issues, their unrivalled technical proficiency and dedication proved a success increasing the fidelity of training for crews preparing for future operations - an achievement for which they should be truly proud.
Gp Capt Lyndon Jones, Director Air ISTAR AWACS RPAS Programmes, HQ Air said:
"Sqn Ldr Dave Graham made a significant input to Royal Air Force history that will be realised over many decades in our next generation of Command and Control aircraft. He was at the core of setting the requirement and it was his innate knowledge and experience that helped shape the programme to what it is today. Moreover, his legacy can also be seen in the people he met over his career; his guidance and empathy helped shape their knowledge and professionalism, ultimately enhancing the ISTAR Force at RAF Waddington and this impact will be enduring."