Officer Cadets from RAF College Cranwell, including members of the Armed Forces of Malta, Kuwait Air Force, Nigerian Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman, braved the blustery conditions as they marched on parade in front of College Hall to mark their graduation from Initial Officer Training Course.
The new officers were part of the Specialist Entrant and Re-Entrant Course and the Reserve Officers’ Initial Training Course.
The 71 cadets paraded in front of Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha who was the Reviewing Officer on the day and who presented course prizes, including the Sword of Honour which was awarded to Officer Cadet Matthew Smith. The sword is awarded to the RAF cadet who, during Initial Officer Training, has demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership.
On receiving the prize Matthew, 23, said: “Winning the Sword of Honour was somewhat surreal - I was in shock when I was first informed. I could never have achieved a Distinction in my overall course marks without the unwavering support of my fellow trainee officers. This award is not just a reflection of my own performance but a reflection of the ability of the team to help each other and pull together when the chips were down during the most intense parts of the course.”
Now that Matthew has graduated as an officer he will soon begin his professional training as a pilot and has ambitions to eventually fly the F-35B Lightning II.