Gunners graduate at RAF Honington

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Pictured: Wing Commander Turner (left) reviews the parade during the graduation at RAF Honington. Congratulations go to the 17 members of TG 2-20, El Alamein Flight; the newest members of the RAF Regiment to have graduated here at RAF Honington today (27/11/2020). The trainee gunner graduations continue to take place behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus, however this will be the third graduation that has now been livestreamed via Panopto; a video streaming and lecture capture software designed as a knowledge sharing platform and newly introduced and used by Training Wing. This proves invaluable to the families unable to attend the graduation in person. Over the last few months, RAF Honington has gone to great lengths to ensure that our directed training activity, deemed essential to the maintenance of RAF operational capability, can be delivered as safely as reasonably possible. This approach includes adherence to Government guidelines, including social distancing, wherever possible. On graduating from this course, the Leading Aircraftmen are posted to either 1 Sqn RAF Regt here at RAF Honington, 34 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Leeming), 51 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Lossiemouth), or 63 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Northolt), whereby they will be trained to such a level that they can immediately commence Mission Specific Training for contingency operations.

Congratulations go to the 17 members of TG 2-20, El Alamein Flight; the newest members of the RAF Regiment to have graduated here at RAF Honington today. 

Reviewing Officer Wing Commander Stephen Turner said: “I am delighted to welcome the graduating Gunners of TG 2-20, El Alamein Flight into the RAF Regiment today.

“To succeed in phase 2 training requires uncompromising levels of field-proficiency, teamwork and determination, in preparation for the rigours of operational service. The Coronavirus pandemic has added to the challenges of an already demanding course, confirming the ability of these young men to prevail, through adversity.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome those family members and friends who have attended the graduation today, albeit virtually, from the relative safety of their own homes. The graduating Gunners should feel justifiably proud of their achievement, and the contributions they will make in the coming weeks and months, in support to the Nation’s priorities.”

Pictured: Trainee Gunners on El Alamein Flight on parade during the graduation ceremony at RAF Honington.

The trainee gunner graduations continue to take place behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus, however this will be the third graduation that has now been livestreamed via Panopto; a video streaming and lecture capture software designed as a knowledge sharing platform and newly introduced and used by Training Wing. This proves invaluable to the families unable to attend the graduation in person.

Over the last few months, RAF Honington has gone to great lengths to ensure that our directed training activity, deemed essential to the maintenance of RAF operational capability, can be delivered as safely as reasonably possible.  This approach includes adherence to Government guidelines, including social distancing, wherever possible.

On graduating from this course, the Leading Aircraftmen are posted to either 1 Sqn RAF Regt here at RAF Honington, 34 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Leeming), 51 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Lossiemouth), or 63 Sqn RAF Regt (RAF Northolt), whereby they will be trained to such a level that they can immediately commence Mission Specific Training for contingency operations. 

Further congratulations go to the Prize Winners:

Frank Sylvester Trophy: LAC Buick

To commemorate her late husband’s dedication to the Corps and in particular to the training of young Gunners, his widow presented the Frank Silvester Trophy for award to the best all-round Trainee Gunner of each course.

The RAF Regt Association Trophy for Drill and Deportment: LAC Voss

This award is made to the Trainee Gunner who has developed an excellent military deportment, assessed both on and off duty, on the parade square and, most importantly during field exercises

WO Ramsey Physical Development Cup: LAC Taylor Morgan

This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who achieves the greatest improvement during the physical development course.

LAC Beard Recruits’ Trophy: LAC Buick

This trophy is awarded to the Gunner who has been voted by his peers on the Course as the most inspirational and supportive member of the Flight.  The recipient of this trophy has provided loyalty, dependability and motivation to those around him during the toughest moments of the training

SAC Luders Champion Shot Trophy: LAC Allsopp

This prize is awarded to the Trainee Gunner who has shot consistently well throughout the course.  He would also be the student who has shown consistent military awareness, on battle and field-firing exercises, in the selection of his shooting positions and use of cover.  He would also be one who has demonstrated consistently a high standard of weapon handling and safety awareness throughout the course

Cpl Bradfield Trophy: Cpl Cartledge

The Corporal Bradfield Trophy preserves the example of the past embodied by Corporal Bradfield, in the standards set by the JNCOs of today. It is awarded to the Corporal Instructor who has displayed leadership, motivation and above all else has set an exemplary standard for the recruits to follow.

Source: UK MOD

Photo credits: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF  

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