Gordon Honoured by Top Brass!
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By Flt Lt G G Richards - 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron
A former Royal Air Force officer from the region has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015 in recognition of his outstanding services in the Volunteer Reserves.
Gordon Badenoch, of Blyth, has been awarded a Defence Letter of Appreciation. The honours is as a means of recognising Gordon’s 36 years’ service of outstanding merit with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) Branch and the Air Cadet Organisation.
The 82-year old began his time with the Air Cadets as an Adult Volunteer before being commissioned in the RAF. He commanded Squadrons in Blyth and Ashington before retiring from service in 1993. Since then, Gordon has continued to support the organisation and is the Honoury Secretary of 2344 (Longbenton) Squadron.
Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said, “All of our personnel are expected to conform to high standards of service, but over the years Gordon has continued to deliver above and beyond that expectation.
“His exemplary service is recognised in this award as being of absolutely outstanding merit.
“To have served so many people across the North-East is exceptional and it’s of huge benefit to have Gordon around at Longbenton; we’re all thrilled he’s been recognised at this level,” said Gary.
It was only last year that Gordon picked-up a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate (pictured) for his services to the community.
“I was shocked when I found out that I had received the Defence Letter of Appreciation,” said Gordon, a former policeman.
Gordon added, “I have enjoyed meeting and working with so many wonderful people over the years and it has been an absolute pleasure. We have so many talented young people in the organisation and it’s great to see them grow into fine young adults.
“Being at Longbenton Squadron now is one of my highlights and I have no intention of resting-up just yet; the youngsters there have rejuvenated me.”
Gordon will be officially presented with his honour later this year.
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