Recognition for RAF personnel

Squadron Leader Edward Larkin is congratulated on his award by Air Commander Gerry Mayhew, and the many award recipients at RAF Leuchars. (Photos by SAC Rich Dudley)
Squadron Leader Edward Larkin is congratulated on his award by Air Commander Gerry Mayhew, and the many award recipients at RAF Leuchars. (Photos by SAC Rich Dudley)
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RAF Leuchars personnel were recognised last week for their outstanding service to the station and for their contribution to Ministry of Defence operations worldwide.

At a ceremony held in the Officers’ Mess, Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, presented the awards, which included four Operational Service Medals, given to personnel for recent service in Afghanistan.

Among the recipients was Squadron Leader Edward Larkin. Sqn Ldr Larkin is a reservist doctor who, as part of 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, deployed this year to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province.

He said: “I deployed as a general surgery trainee to the Role 3 Hospital at Camp Bastion in May. The tour was a challenging combination of military clinical practice in a gruelling climate.

“That I could help my team deliver outstanding service in this environment, whilst working with and alongside coalition partners and Afghan nationals, is testament to the excellent training I received as part of 612 Squadron.”

At the award ceremony, Air Commodore Mayhew said: “I am delighted to have been able to recognise the exceptional service given by our personnel, Regular, Reservist and Civilian, here today in front of their families and friends.

“Each recipient should be justifiably proud of the significant contribution they have made to the Station during its period of immense and historic change, and of their contribution to Defence taskings around the world.”