RAF Cranwell

Eighty nine Officer Cadets from the Royal Air Forces’ Officer Training Academy graduated from RAF College Cranwell on Thursday.

The graduation of The Queen’s Squadron consisted of officers from Modular Initial Officer Training Course No 3 and Reserve Officer Initial Training Course No 65 from Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

RAF College Cranwell has a long and distinguished history dating back to its foundations as a Royal Navy Training Establishment in 1916.

The graduation ceremony was held at RAF College Cranwell on May 6, 2021. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

A proud moment for the Officer Cadets. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

It was the world’s first Air Academy and today continues to select and train the next generation of officers and aircrew.

Air Officer Commanding 22 Group, Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison, was the Reviewing Officer at the graduation ceremony on May 6.

Graduating Officers on College Hall Parade Square. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

Air Vice-Marshal Maddison and parade execs. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

He said: “It is an honour to be back at Cranwell as a Reviewing Officer for the graduation of the third Modularised Initial Officer Training Course and the sixty-fifth Reserve Officer Initial Training Course.

“This course has overcome many challenges, not least in continuing training during this global pandemic, in order to remain able to meet the future needs of the Royal Air Force.

“I am delighted that the students and staff have continued to rise to the task and I should like to congratulate them all as they continue on their own journeys.”

Officer Cadets during their graduation parade at RAF College Cranwell. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

Eighty nine Officer Cadets graduated at the ceremony on May 6. | Photo: Gordy Elias/MOD 2021 Crown Copyright

He added: “While it was 1988 when I stood on this parade square for my own graduation, I remember it vividly and with enormous pride.

“It marked not only a personal achievement for all present on that day, including families and staff, but also the start of the next phase of an exciting journey for those of us that graduated.

Seventy two Officer Cadets from the Royal Air Force Officer Training Academy graduated from RAF College Cranwell on Thursday.

Deputy Commander Operations for the RAF, Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, was the Reviewing Officer at the graduation of the Queen’s Squadron on March 25.

RAF College Cranwell was the world’s first Air Academy and today continues to select and train the next generation of officers and aircrew.

Air Marshal Mayhew reviewing The Queen’s Squadron. | Photo: Gordon Elias/MoD Crown Copyright 2021

Air Marshal Mayhew said: “It is an honour to be the Reviewing Officer for the graduation of the Second Modularised Initial Officer Training Course and Twenty-Second Commissioned Warrant Officer Course at RAF College Cranwell.

“We have all faced challenges during this pandemic, and our training system has had to adapt to maintain essential outputs.

“I am delighted that the students and staff have continued to rise to the task and I should like to congratulate them all.”

Flying Officer Cameron Lord also graduated at RAF College Cranwell on Thursday.

The 31-year-old from Lincolnshire attended North Kesteven School before studying for a foundation degree in Applied Aviation Studies at Derby University.

Flying Officer Cameron Lord. | Photo: Paul Saxby/MoD Crown Copyright 2021

He began his career as an Airman in 2008 as a Weapons Systems Operator on the Chinook force. He has commissioned as a Personal Support Officer and will now begin the next stage of his training. His new role will see him supporting personnel and their families.

Flying Officer Lord said: “I am hugely proud to have worked with such a talented, brave and selfless group of people on the Chinook force, but excited and privileged to Commission and to try something new as a Personnel Support Officer.

“To be part of the Next Generation Royal Air Force and to help lead change is incredibly important to me.”

A lorry driver has been warned he faces a prison sentence after admitting causing a fatal collision in Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

Tiberiu Dori, 34, of Devizes, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving of RAF Waddington Corporal Christopher Showell on April 16, 2020.

The charge follows a collision on the A15 at Dunsby Hollow, near RAF Cranwell, where Dori’s HGV crashed into Showell’s black BMW 3 series.

Recorder Charles Falk adjourned sentence for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and granted Dori bail to appear back before the Crown Court for sentence on April 16.

The Recorder imposed an interim driving ban and told Dori: “The fact that I have requested a pre-sentence report is no reflection on what sentence you will face.

“The most likely sentence will be a custodial sentence and you must prepare for immediate custody.”

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