Honours and Awards
Royal Air Force Halton has recently honoured its personnel in the most recent round of Honours and Awards at Halton House Officers’ Mess.
Presented by the Station Commander, Gp Capt Simon Harper, the medals and awards spanned from Afghanistan and Libya to Long Service, Sport and AOC 22 Gp commendations.
Amongst the recipients was SAC Jason Bicknell (25) from Reading who was deployed on Op ELLAMY providing Physical Security to Royal Air Force assets deployed at various Italian Air Force Bases on 906 Expeditionary Air Wing.
SAC Bicknell’s primary role consisted of providing static sentry duties within the Host Nation Station, to guard United Kingdom assets such as the Sentinel aircraft. The Guard Force also provided a mobile team asset that conducted vehicle patrols around the perimeter fence ensuring the security of all UK assets, equipment and personnel. In addition he was on constant 24 hours notice to move to anywhere in the country to provide security for any United Kingdom assets diverted or stranded that would require repair works. SAC Bicknell said: “It was probably the best 3 months of my career so far and very eye opening. We had to do a lot of patrolling, making sure the aircraft were safe.” With regard to receiving his medal at the ceremony he said quite simply: “It was an honour.”
RAF Halton, not only recognises the achievements of airmen and women but all of the personnel that work there, incliuding civil servants and contractors. Mr Nick Coyne was awarded the AOC No 22 (Trg) Gp Commendation. As the Eurest Support Services (ESS) Site Manager Mr Coyne led the way with establishing a successful and productive Partnering Agreement, resulting in an outstanding cohesive and collaborative approach with the RAF during an exceptionally busy and demanding year.
Mr Coyne said: “It’s great to be recognised for the hard work but I’d like to say that there were 100 people behind me so the award is for them too. As a contractor it was really nice to be here alongside Servicemen and women to be recognised for contributing to the Station as a whole.”
The Station Commander said: “I’ve had the honour of presenting 15 awards today to Servicemen, contractors and civil servants for their contribution to RAF Halton, the Royal Air Force and to Operations overseas. That I have been able to present awards to personnel across the spectrum of this Station shows that we truly are ‘one team’ here at RAF Halton.”
He added: “I share in the pride that their families and friends must feel in their achievements and hope that their successes can be drawn upon by other personnel as inspiration in their own spheres of work.”