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RNZAF Achievements Recognised by Royal Aeronautical Society

LAC Callum McPherson (l) WGCDR Matt Hill (centre) SGT Glen (Jack) Russell (r) and SQNLDR Michelle Thomson (far r) with Royal Aeronautical Society officials at the Awards night
LAC Callum McPherson (l) WGCDR Matt Hill (centre) SGT Glen (Jack) Russell (r) and SQNLDR Michelle Thomson (far r) with Royal Aeronautical Society officials at the Awards night

The Ian J Diamond Award was awarded to Sergeant Glenn (Jack) Russell. SGT Russell joined the RNZAF in 2000 and completed the normal recruit, basic engineering, and avionics mechanic courses. He went onto complete a Bachelor in Engineering Technology at AUT. He is now studying towards a PhD, looking into the use of imaging techniques to search for people in Urban Search and Rescue.

The Michael J Neville/Boeing Aeroplane Company Award has been given to Leading Aircraftman Callum McPherson, for his exemplary work ethics, passion and highly professional manner in the Armament Trade. He has completed the National Certificate in Extractive Industries (Land Blasting Using Explosives) and undertaking further study in the field of Aviation Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

The George Watt Award was presented to SQNLDR Michelle Thomson for her dedication and efforts in developing a more efficient process to ensure the RNZAF’s conformance with Service Bulletins and Airworthiness Directives. Through dedication and diligence, SQNLDR Thomson has made an enduring impact within the RNZAF Engineering branch.

The Kestrel Trophy In 2012, the NZ Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society presented the RNZAF with the Kestrel Trophy, to mark the RNZAF 75th anniversary and the close association between the RNZAF and the RAeS.

This year is the first time that the new trophy has been presented— It is awarded annually, "to the RNZAF unit adjudged the most excellent". The trophy was awarded to No. 40 Squadron.

No. 40 Squadron has overcome challenges, introduced upgraded aircraft, and has provided continued support for NZDF operations in Afghanistan, culminating in a successful withdrawal of the Provincial Reconstruction Team. In addition, the Squadron provided VIP support for the Prince of Wales’ Royal Tour throughout the country.

Wing Commander Matt Hill accepted the Trophy from the Chief of Air Force at the annual RAeS Awards dinner.

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