RAF Waddington has been celebrating the exceptional people that make up the ISTAR Whole Force. A bespoke visit to the International Bomber Command Centre was followed by an awards evening with a guest appearance by Phil Vickery - a member of the England Rugby Union 2003 World Cup winning squad.
There were several awards categories ranging from the Outstanding Team Award to the Spirit of 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.
Held in the Warrant Officer’s and SNCO’s mess, the evening was a fantastic finale to a day of events attended by award nominees, industry partners, representatives from the County Council, local adult education providers and station personnel.
Group Captain Tom Burke (Station Commander RAF Waddington) said:
“This evening has been a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements and selfless dedication of some very special people from across the Whole Force. The RAF Waddington awards nominees and commendation winners are exemplars of professionalism, courage and commitment. They are truly the best of us. I would also like to pay particular thanks to the seven industry partner organisations for sponsoring the event.”
A variety of events during the day, which included a capability brief from both 5(AC) Sqn and 8 Sqn, presented an opportunity for our industry partners to gain an enhanced understanding of RAF Waddington’s capabilities whilst also giving an insight in to each-others area of expertise.
Mr Ian Walker from Atkins said:
“It’s been a valuable experience and has helped us to understand the challenges faced by the Station as well as where we can work collectively to the better of RAF Waddington.”