Honours and Awards

Air Vice-Marshal Warren James, Air Officer Commanding (AOC)Number 22 Group presented Honours and Awards in a ceremony at Halton House Officers’ Mess on the afternoon of his Annual Formal Visit.

In front of family, friends and colleagues, he presented a variety of Honours and Awards, many of which were announced in the most recent New Year Honours List.

The Long Service And Good Conduct Medal, awarded to personnel who complete 15 years reckonable service with an unblemished disciplinary record, was presented to
Sergeant Owen Clarke, Sergeant Kenny Howard, Corporal Neil Horton and Corporal David Fryer.

The Long Service And Good Conduct Medal Clasp is awarded to personnel who have been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and completed a further 10 years reckonable service with an unblemished disciplinary record. This was presented to Chief Technician Steve Mitchell.
The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded to Flight Sergeant Sharon Hornby, who was described as an “utterly selfless individual with a genuine desire to make improvements for her team, the Station and wider Service.”

Warrant Officer Andrew Cashmore was awarded The Royal Warrant. A Warrant Officer is a senior manager who is required to possess outstanding ability and personal qualities.

A Deputy Commander’s Commendation, awarded in the New Year Honours List, was presented to Sergeant Danson Trimmingham, who “selflessly contributed to the RAF100 Parade and rehearsals. He went the extra mile to deliver additional training with Halton’s Drill Instructors to ensure clarity of understanding.”

A Deputy Commander’s Commendation was presented to Flight Lieutenant Elizabeth Stanley for her commitment to the Co-Responders service.

Warrant Officer Simon Jacobs was awarded an AOC 22 Group Commendation.
He was recognised for his sterling personal contribution to the rapid improvement of catering delivery services at RAF Halton.”

It was also awarded to Flight Sergeant Alex Bedborough, for dedicating 11 years to the RAF Halton Co-Responder scheme, and Sergeant Gareth French, for his role as Air Cadet Liaison Officer.

Other recipients of a Commendation from AOC 22 Group included Mrs Rosie Fitch, for her innovation and drive to provide comprehensive HR support, Mrs Emilia Mallam, for her outstanding performance, innovation and commitment as the RTS Training and Development Flight Administrative Assistant, and Mrs Amanda Turner, for her outstanding support to RAF100.

The RAF Halton’s Trenches Committee were recognised for their continued effort to maintain and constantly improve the World War I training trenches on Station.

Mrs Debra Gower and Ms Jane Watson from the Commercial Business Team accepted an AOC’s Commendation for consistently delivering an exceptional performance exploiting income generation opportunities.

Flight Lieutenant Heather Constantine was also presented with an AOC’s Commendation for her exceptional work serving as the Staff Officer in the Air Mobility Force Headquarters.

A Chief of Defence Intelligence Commendation was awarded to Flight Lieutenant Claire Hobbs for her initiative, boundless energy and enthusiasm in her role as OC Service Discipline at both RAF Stations Wyton and Digby.

Sporting Colours were presented to Flight Lieutenant Laurence Humphreys for his participation in the 2018 Interservice Championships for Athletics, and Senior Aircraftman Jiute Tupu for his 2017 Rugby League Inter-Services Championships.
Sports colours are awarded to congratulate and recognise the achievement and commitment in a person’s sporting endeavours after they have represented their Service at an Inter-Services Competition.

Once the presentations were complete, Air Vice-Marshal James addressed the recipients and their families and congratulated them all. He thanked the families of Service personnel for the support they give their loved ones and their role in supporting other dependants in the close community. With such a wide range of awards, the AOC spoke of his joy at presenting awards to the Whole Force at RAF Halton and, as head of RAF Sport, it was a pleasure to award Sporting Colours, something he wishes he was called on to do more often.

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