Latest RAF Honington trainees graduate
The latest trainees of the RAF Regiment have graduated at Honington air base.
As per usual restrictions, the 17 members of TG 2-20, El Alamein Flight, were congratulated behind closed doors last Friday.
The graduation was however live-streamed ensuring family members and loved ones could be there virtually.
Stephen Turner, reviewing officer wing commander, 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 two training requires uncompromising levels of field-proficiency, teamwork and determination, in preparation for the rigours of operational service.
Mr Turner admitted coronavirus had added challenges but the trainees had risen to the adversity.
He said: "The coronavirus pandemic has added to the challenges of an already demanding course, confirming the ability of these young men to prevail, through adversity."
He added: "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."
Now they have graduated from the course, the new recruits will be posted to either RAF Honington, Leeming, Lossiemouth or Northholt where they will start mission-specific training for contingency operations.