Station Commander Handover
On Friday (9 November), RAF Benson said farewell to Group Captain Hamish Cormack as he handed over the role of Station Commander and Puma Force Commander to Group Captain Adam Wardrope.
An experience Chinook helicopter pilot, Adam arrived at RAF Benson a few months ago to complete his training as a Puma pilot. He originally joined the RAF as an aircraft engineer and spent 7 years working on a variety of aircraft before commissioning from the ranks and training as a Chinook pilot.
He has completed numerous operational deployments including many to Iraq and Afghanistan. It was for his gallantry and leadership under fire while serving in Afghanistan that he was awarded the Distinguished
Adam assumes command of RAF Benson having completed various staff tours in the Ministry of Defence and Headquarters Air Command, making good use of his extensive operational experience. Hamish leaves to undertake an overseas deployment in the Middle East.
Hamish’s time at RAF Benson has seen some incredible achievements, most notably the RAF’s centenary commemorations and celebrations which saw the Puma lead the way for the outstanding RAF100 flypast and the Station lead the way with the 100 Faces project. Looking back at his time in command of RAF Benson, Hamish said:
“It has been an honour and a privilege to be Station Commander of RAF Benson. It is a wonderful, welcoming Station that will always feel like home. I am incredibly sad to leave but I know that Adam will look after the team and together they will continue to achieve great things.”