The chairman and long-serving inspiration of Amesbury’s thriving Air Training Corps has been presented with the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire’s Certificate of Meritorious Service.
Richard Phillipson, aged 60, also well known as the standard bearer for Salisbury’s RAF Association, received the award during ceremonies at Devizes Town Hall.
An ex-RAF serviceman with 29 years’ experience, he joined Amesbury’s 1011 Squadron in 1995 when his son Mark, now an RAF Corporal and avionics technician, was a cadet.
He very soon became the driving force of the civilian welfare committee before taking over as treasurer, secretary and then chairman – and occasionally filling all three roles at the same time!
Richard is proud of what the unit achieves. “Our numbers are good – an average of 30 – and there is no doubt the experience of a uniformed organisation plays a part in giving a big majority of our cadets the impetus to go on to higher education.
“Many develop careers in the Armed Services but, for some reason I never quite understand, we tend to do a very good job here recruiting for the Army! Some of our cadets do join the RAF, of course. Maybe it’s mainly down to living in an area surrounded by the Army.”
Wiltshire’s Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Sarah Troughton, presented Richard with the prestigious award at a special ceremony held in Devizes. Click here to view Wessex RFCA’s picture gallery of the event.
Others who received Certificates of Meritorious Service at Devizes awards ceremony included:
• Major Charles O’Neil Roe, aged 39, Squadron Leader of Salisbury-based B (Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry) Squadron, The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, and now Liaison Officer for the Regiment. He lives in Haslemere, Surrey, and works as an insurance broker.
• Sergeant Simon Singleton, also of B Squadron and a member of the Regimental Recruit Mentoring team. Aged 46, he lives in Southampton and is a retail manager with Waitrose.