Thompson Intake Graduation Parade at Completion of Basic Training
Despite the cold weather Thompson Intake successfully Graduated from Recruit Basic Training with an impressive display watched by family and friends 4 February with a fly past by a Hawk T2 from 100 Squadron, RAF Leeming.
Flights 11 and 12, 89 Recruits in all, marched out on to the Henderson Parade Square behind Flight Commander, Flt Lt Tom Clark. The Queen’s Colour was paraded and borne by Flt Lt Megan Rowlands, supported by Colour Warrant Officer Emma Rousell, and Colour Escorts Sgt Consterdine and Sgt Perkes.
Group Captain Chris Moon, Station Commander RAF Valley, was the Reviewing Officer and was escorted by Cpl Helen Rimmer. Successful recipients of the trophies and awards were:
AC Johnson received The Rothschild Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieves the highest overall standard in Initial Force Protection Training.
AC Griffiths – The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Shield for achieving the highest standard in physical education.
AC Johnson – The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Trophy, awarded to the recruit who achieved the highest overall standard in drill and deportment.
AC Terry – The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Trophy, awarded for displaying the greatest effort and determination.
AC Lewis – The Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy, awarded for the best overall performance.
AC Jelley – The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire’s Trophy, awarded for the best overall performance on his flight.
Finally, The Lord Trenchard Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Recruit on Intake. It was awarded to AC Johnson making him a three-trophy winner, which doesn’t happen often!
Musical accompaniment was from The Central Band Of The RAF under direction from WO T Gardner.
The local Engagement Guests for the day were two Wendover Parish Council clerks, Amanda Massingham and Jane Ellis.