Typhoon Salute as Campion Intake graduate from Basic Training

Jane Reilly  |  Published: May 22nd 2019

Campion Intake, Course Number 632, have graduated from Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton after successfully completing 10 weeks of intensive Basic Training. Numbering 84 males and 2 females, they were watched and cheered on by full stands of 386 family members and friends.

The Reviewing Officer was The Chief Of The Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, who was escorted by Cpl Carl Finch.  Music for the occasion was provided by The Band Of The Royal Air Force Regiment with Bandmaster WO Craggs.

A Typhoon from 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby flew over in typical fast and noisy fashion to the delight of all assembled.

From the 86 graduating recruits, eight were awarded trophies and awards, see pictured with Air Chief Marshal Hillier, who praised Campion Intake for the first impressive Parade and wished them well in their Phase 2 training. He also thanked the gathered families for their continued support over the last 10 weeks and onward into their Phase 2 training and beyond.


The successful recipients are:


AC Longhorn who was awarded The Rothschild Trophy for achieving the highest overall standard in Initial Force Protection Training, and The RAF Benevolent Fund Trophy for displaying the greatest effort and determination on Number 5 Flight

AC Holmes – The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Trophy for showing the highest overall standard in drill and deportment.

AC Woolven – The Halton Aircraft Apprentice Shield for showing the highest overall standard of effort, determination and achievement in physical education.

AC Abdallah – The Station Commander’s Cup for displaying effort and determination on Number 6 Flight.

AC Strickland – The Dusty Millar Memorial Trophy for showing the most willingness to help others, as voted for by their fellow recruits.

AC Biggins – The Mayor of Aylesbury Trophy for the best overall performance in all aspects of training on Number 5 Flight.

AC Hill – The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Trophy for displaying the best overall determination and effort on Number 6 Flight.

Finally, The Lord Trenchard Trophy is awarded to the best overall Flight.  It was awarded to Number 5 Flight and collected on their behalf by AC Hoyland.





For this Graduation Parade the Queen’s Colour was Paraded by 4 personnel from Logistics and Supply Training Squadron.  The Colour Bearer was Fg Off Edward Law with Colour Warrant Officer, Simon Davy and Colour Escorts, Sgt Scott Gasser and Sgt Victoria Stewart. Fg Off Law said: “I was honoured to Parade the Queen’s Colour for Royal Air Force Halton for the Graduation Parade of Campion Intake.  This is a particular privilege as the Colour Party is entirely drawn from Logistics and Supply Training Squadron, including Warrant Officer Steve Davy who is soon to be retiring from the Royal Air Force after 35 years of service.”

parade under review
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