Skegby soldier tops his class

AN RAF recruit from Skegby has been recognised with a ‘top-of-the-class’ award after just nine weeks of basic training.

Dedicated Nicholas West (22) was handed the prestigious Rothschild Trophy after achieving the highest overall standard while on an Initial Force Protection Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire.

Proud Nicholas, affectionately known as ‘Westie’ said: “It was a real honour to receive the trophy.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my nine weeks training here at The Recruit Training Squadron.

“I have learned so much and feel privileged to have met so many good people.

“The highlight of my time here has been the ground defence training and gaining positions of leadership, but I have benefited enormously from the physical elements.

“I was overjoyed to have won the award and I am looking forward now to starting my professional training.”

Nicholas, who worked as a sports instructor and freelance mechanic prior to joining the Royal Air Force, will now go to the Ministry of Defence St Athan facility in Wales to train as a technician.

Squadron leader Jan De-Vry, officer commanding Recruit Training Squadron, said: “Nicholas has done well. He has developed both as a person, and as an airman, during the Recruit Training Course, and proven to be one of the best trainees this year.

“The RAF is continuing its search for new recruits and I urge anybody interested in working in the demanding and fast-moving RAF environment to visit their local Armed Forces Careers Office or see www.rafcareers.com”