In front of the AOC No 1 Gp, friends, family and local digniteries, No 31 Sqn from RAF Marham received their Operational Medals this week. The Tornado GR4 Sqn arrived back from Afghanistan at the end of November and, after a period of leave, are now back at RAF Marham regenerating their skill base in areas such as night flying and individual force development.
In total 64 medals were presented and for many this was their first â€˜operationalâ€™ medal. The Squadron Commander Wing Commander Jim Mulholland stated:[quote_full] â€œ This is an immensely proud day for both me personally and for the whole team. The Squadron has flown nearly 2000 hours on 637 operational missions providing a wide range of capabilities in support of ISAF as the transition of national security to Afghanistan National Forces continues through to 2014. No 31 Squadron has played a part in what has been a successful year for ISAF. Away from operations the Squadron has also managed to raise a significant sum for local and National charitiesâ€.[/quote_full]
Op Herrick as well as being a challenge for the Sqn operationally also saw them raise a huge some of money for charity, the largest by any single unit in theatre. No 31 Sqn set out before deploying to raise Â£31,000 by cycling, rowing and biking 31,000 miles. The Sqn exceeded both totals and eventually ended up raising Â£44,000. This money will go to a number of National charities as well as 3 local organisations supporting Downs Syndrome, Epilepsy Action and Lowes. The â€˜Goldstarsâ€™ are now looking forward to a well earned Christmas break and the challenges the New Year will bring.
AVM Atha DSO MA BSc RAF, AOC 1 Group presenting the Op Herrick Campaign medal to members of 31 Sqn RAF Marham.
Cpl Jonathan Wilcox of 31 Sqn, aged 32 from Kings Lynn showing his daughter his medal he has just received from AOC 1 Group Air Vice Marshal Atha at the 31 Squadron OP Herrick medal ceremony held at RAF Marham.
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