11 July 2017

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A Royal Air Force Wittering driver from No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron has received a Wing Commander’s Commendation from the Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Air Cadets.

Senior Aircraftman Mark Green joined the Royal Air Force in 2014 and has used his skills as a driver to help the Air Cadet units at 51 Orton Squadron and 2524 Oakington Squadron, where he was once an Air Cadet himself.

Senior Aircraftman Mark Green receives the commendation from Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding Number 22 (Training) Group

The Nijmegen Marches are attended by hundreds of Air Cadets every year. Mark has been driving cadets from Brampton to Wellingborough every weekend in order that they can complete their qualifying marches. He’s also made sure their boots were correctly tied and motivated them to complete the qualifying 25 miles.

Senior Aircraftman Green is a driver with No 2 Mechanical Transport (MT) Squadron. 2MT, as the Squadron is known, provides the Royal Air Force with its road-going heavy lift capability transporting goods and equipment to wherever they’re needed in support of operations.

The Air Cadets are sponsored by the Royal Air Force and can give young people hands-on experience of activities and courses. These activities and courses challenge and develop their skills to help them succeed in whatever they want to do.

Mark has transported cadets to the Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show and has also played a distinct role in their personal development. During the weekend field camps at RAF Wyton, SAC Green helped cadets through their leadership exercises by providing guidance and feedback.

SAC Green’s commendation was presented by Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group. Royal Air Force Number 22 (Training) Group is responsible for the recruitment, selection, initial and professional training of RAF personnel, including the Air Cadet Organisation.

Mark said: “It was such an honour to get this award and a real surprise. I don’t think any Air Cadet volunteers expect rewards, they just want to make a positive contribution. That’s what motivated me, being an Air Cadet made a massive difference to my life and I just wanted to give something back.”

Squadron Leader Rick Longworth is Officer Commanding No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron. He said: “Mark has earned his commendation, he has shown real commitment in giving up so much of his own time. The Air Cadets are a positive force in the lives of so many young people, I think it’s only right that we support them where we can.”

Editor: Ed Palmer

Photographer: Supplied Images

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