Thursday, 24 June 2021

Young servicemen show their ability with new awards

THREE junior personnel were presented with awards at RAF Benson’s inaugural ceremony to recognise young talent.

One candidate from each wing and squadron took part in the junior leader development awards. They had to give a 10-minute presentation on a topic of their choice to a panel of judges which included station commander Group Captain Nigel Colman.

Leading Aircraftman Matthew Salt, a reservist intelligence analyst who represented operations wing, won the top prize with a presentation on future operations and emerging challenges. He received £250 of Amazon vouchers and a trophy. Senior Aircraftman Ashley Woodruff, an avionics technician who represented 28 (AC) Squadron, finished second with a presentation on the strategic advantages of air superiority. Senior Aircraftman Richard Greasley, a caterer who represented base support wing, was third with a presentation on leadership in the RAF.

Gp Capt Colman said: “It is never easy standing in front of your peers and superiors to present on a topic, particularly those that are so well-known in the Royal Air Force. However, the presentations were professional, engaging, confident and thought-provoking, highlighting the high quality of junior personnel we have here at RAF Benson and making the judging very difficult.”

Richard Thornley, head of business planning at estate management company PriDE, which sponsored the awards, said: “The career development opportunities provided by these types of events are excellent and I was very impresssed by the confidence and ability shown by all the presenters.

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