AN RAF officer based at Leuchars, who was given a once-in a life-time honour of raising the Union Jack at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, has spoken about his moment in the spotlight.
Corporal David Adam, who lives in the village with his wife and four children, was one of 176 service personnel who took part in the ceremony on Friday night which was apparently watched by up to four billion people worldwide.
Cpl Adam said: “Raising the Union Jack in front of a full capacity stadium of 80,000, a global live television audience of four billion and to cap it all - in front of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II was absolutely amazing. The memory will live with me forever. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to be representing my station RAF Leuchars, my home city of Dundee and HM Forces was unbelievable and so humbling. I savoured every moment.”
The 44-year-old, who works in administrative support, was selected to take part in recognition of his strong links with the community.
Despite being deployed on five operational tours including the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan, Cpl Adam has raised over £200,000 for terminally ill and disadvantaged children and in 2008 was awarded the MBE for his efforts.
While serving in the Falkland Islands in 2006 he raised £2600 in just 16 days including running 36 miles on a treadmill in five hours and 55 seconds.
David has taken part in a number of other ceremonial events this summer including as part of the RAF Leuchars marching contingent at the Armed Forces Diamond Jubilee Parade through Edinburgh attended by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, the Armed Forces Day Parade through his hometown of Dundee and took part in the Guard of Honour as the Olympic Torch Relay passed through Leuchars.
Alongside his RAF and charity work, David – who left school with one O level – has completed a BA in Business Management and is now studying for an MA.
Flight Lieutenant Cyrus Pocha, who commands the Personnel Services Flight at RAF Leuchars that Cpl Adam is part of, said: “Corporal Adam represents everything that is at the heart of our military ethos and core values. He is a fantastic ambassador for the Royal Air Force and I know he feels immensely honoured to have been part of this historic event. This opportunity is also fitting, given all that Corporal Adam has contributed to both the Service and the wider community.”
Lord Coe, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Chair, said: “The flag raising duties at Olympic and Paralympic Games are seen as an honour but we are in fact honoured to have these inspirational men and women be part of London 2012.”