Stevie goes to Holyrood

Sgt Stevie Stewart and his wife Susanne outside Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh after he received the Queens Volunteer Reserve Medal.
Sgt Stevie Stewart and his wife Susanne outside Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh after he received the Queens Volunteer Reserve Medal.

A SENIOR medic based at RAF Leuchars has been honoured at a ceremony at Holyrood Palace.

Sergeant Stevie Stewart, a member of 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, received the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal from Her Majesty during her Diamond Jubilee Tour of Scotland.

Stevie is one of the longest serving members of the squadron, having joined in October 1997 following previous service with the Royal Army Medical Corps (V).

He has served with the squadron in Iraq and Afghanistan and is highly respected and admired by all in his role as a RAF medic.

Stevie maintains his service connection in his civilian occupation as a supplier at RAF Leuchars and volunteers as an emergency first responder with the Scottish Ambulance Service as a lead medic.

An RAF spokesperson said: ‘‘He is a valuable addition to the emergency services, providing a vital service to the community. He also finds time to raise money for various charities and is behind many social functions within the squadron.

‘‘Having already received a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service in 2008 and the Grant Trophy for outstanding service in 2009, this new award is testament to his continued service, devotion and loyalty to the RAF Reserves.’’

Wing Commander Phil Goodall, officer commanding the squadron, added “Sergeant Stewart epitomises what a serviceman is all about. His dedication and devotion to duty in both his service and civilian life is outstanding and he is richly deserving of the Queen’s Volunteer Reserve Medal.

‘‘Everyone on the Squadron is extremely proud of him and what he has achieved in his career in the RAF Reserves.”

Stevie said afterwards: “The award came completely out of the blue – totally unexpected. For my RAF Reserve service to be recognised in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year and to have the award presented to me by the Queen at Holyrood Palace, with my wife and family present was certainly a high point in my career.

‘‘I am extremely proud to receive the award and to serve my country as part of the Medical Reserves at RAF Leuchars and look forward to continuing with my service in the future.”

His wife, Susanne, said: “This was a complete surprise and, after the detachments and time apart over the years with training and operations, the award is fantastic. Stevie is so supportive and enthusiastic about the RAF Reserves it really is hard to get him to stop talking about his time on the squadron as he likes to keep the family informed about what he has been up to.

‘‘Our son, Stephen, is also serving at RAF Coningsby and we are all extremely proud of Stevie and his achievements.”