Graduating gunners prepare for their next mission

The Morris family at the El Alamein Flight, RAF Regiment graduation at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKB

The Morris family at the El Alamein Flight, RAF Regiment graduation at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF

Eighteen trainee gunners have graduated at RAF Honington after an intensive course – including one whose parents both work at the base and another a third generation airman.

The El Alamein Flight, RAF Regiment at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF

The El Alamein Flight, RAF Regiment at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF

The members of TG 2-19 El Alamein Flight took part in a ceremony with the Queen's Colour paraded and music provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, including a version of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.

Among those graduating was Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Connor Morris, 20, whose dad Flight Sergeant Clive Morris works in the Force Protection Centre and his wife Pam, Connor's mum, as a Civil Servant at RAF Honington.

Mrs Morris said: "I was born into a RAF family whereby my father served in the RAF. He joined in 1963 as a MT driver and left in 1988. I myself then followed his path and joined in the February of 1990 until November 1998, whereby I served as a RAF Stewardess.

"I left the service for the imminent arrival of the next generation to join."

The gunner graduates are inspected CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOT

The gunner graduates are inspected CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF


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She said it was an "exciting and proud moment" for the family to see Connor graduate as a gunner of the RAF Regiment.

Three generations of the Allen family have now served at RAF Honington and LAC Rhys Allen is the latest of the family to follow suit, graduating today and posted to 15 Sqn RAF Regt at the base. His father, known as SAC 'Gaz' Allen, sadly passed away in 2010.

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On graduating, the LACs will be posted across 15 Sqn RAF Regt and 27 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Honington, and 63 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Northolt, to be trained to such a level they can immediately commence Mission Specific Training for contingency operations.

Reviewing Officer Air Commodore S M Miller told the gunners: "The RAF Regiment is only as good as you are … you should be proud of what you've achieved, and of the Regiment you have earned the right to join. Well done and sincere congratulations."

The Allen family at the RAF Honington graduation Picture: CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTES

The Allen family at the RAF Honington graduation Picture: CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF

The gunners will now go off to different regiments to continue their careers CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROW

The gunners will now go off to different regiments to continue their careers CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF

Part of the graduation ceremony at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF

Part of the graduation ceremony at RAF Honington CPL DAVE BLACKBURN/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: Cpl Dave Blackburn, RAF

Graduating group from EL alamien 2/19 RAF Regiment at RAF Honington Picture: SAC JAMES LEDGER/CROWN

Graduating group from EL alamien 2/19 RAF Regiment at RAF Honington Picture: SAC JAMES LEDGER/CROWN COPYRIGHT/COURTESY OF RAF HONINGTON PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION - Credit: SAC James Ledger

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