Brigadier Presents Awards To Personnel At RAF Benson

On 24 October 2017, RAF Benson were thrilled to welcome the Deputy Commander of Joint Helicopter Command, Brigadier Mike Keating as he presented medals and commendations to our thoroughly deserving personnel.

The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (RAF) is awarded in recognition of long service and irreproachable character and conduct to airmen who have completed 15 years reckonable service, are worthy of distinction and whose conduct has been irreproachable throughout their Service. The Medal was awarded to Wing Commander McGurk, Squadron Leader Shave, Squadron Leader Rowe, Flight Lieutenant Smiley, and Sergeant Fricker.
The Clasp to the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (RAF) is awarded in recognition of a further 10 years reckonable Service with irreproachable character and conduct to airmen who have been awarded the RAF Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The Clasp was awarded to Squadron Leader Smith.
Royal Air Force Sports Colours are awarded by the Chief of the Air Staff to personnel who have represented their Service in sport at inter-Service level. The award was presented to Squadron Leader Shave for representing the Royal Air Force at Telemark Skiing during the 2017 Inter-Services championship.
The United States Air Force Commendation Medal was presented to Squadron Leader Rowe for his outstanding contribution in support of Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT while deployed to Kandahar. Rowe shaped the command and control efforts, advising both the wing operations centre and operations supports squadron providing communications to 126 Afghan airmen. The citation read “Squadron Leader Rowe’s drive for excellence and keen insight furthered the Commanding General’s objective towards a professional, capable, and sustainable Afghan Air Force”.
The Station Commander’s Commendation was presented to Mrs Corrigan, whose determination, commitment and consistent striving to give the best of herself for the Chaplaincy deserves recognition.
The Commander Joint Helicopter Command Commendation was presented to Sergeant Kirk for his contribution to the successful re-formation of the joint Puma and Chinook Operational Conversion Unit. He led an undermanned team through a demanding transitional phase in the absence of an Operations Officer. During a time of constant challenges, he also completed 2 marathons and a 100km Trail-Walker endurance vent, helping to raise £10,000 for charity.
The Air Officer Commanding Number 2 Group Commendation was presented to Senior Aircraftsman Marine. In his primary role as a firefighter, he routinely fills roles normally performed by a JNCO, and is often relied upon to lead his team strongly. Whether delivering invaluable training to the Fire Section or Medics, or during exercise as the nominated Incident Commander, it is evident that he is a natural leader earning the respect of both his peers and his management.

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