‘Top dogs’ earn honour for air force station

Cpl David Hoy and Shane receiving the Lady Kemball Trophy from Lady Nicola Pulford. ''Photo By: Laurence Platfoot''.
Cpl David Hoy and Shane receiving the Lady Kemball Trophy from Lady Nicola Pulford. ''Photo By: Laurence Platfoot''.

An awards ceremony at Royal Air Force Cranwell has seen the station’s military dogs and their handlers honoured with an award.

The Lady Kemball Trophy for the top arms and explosives or drug detection team has been awarded to the station’s dog section.

The station was tested some time ago on both interior and exterior searches, but only found out recently it had won.

Cpl David Hoy, who is in charge of the dog section, said: “It’s fantastic – I love it. It’s the first time in a while the drug dogs have won, so that’s great for us.”

The trophy was presented when the station recently hosted the RAF Police Dog Trials – an event that has not taken place for five years due to operational commitments.

Corporal Stacey Graham and Air Dog Demon, stationed at RAF Coningsby, took the coveted top spot as UK champions.

A host of other military working-dog-related trophies were presented at the awards ceremony. The recipients of these awards were identified by the Provost Marshal dog inspectors through stringent assessment over the past year.