Wing Commander Brian Rogers (Rtd) Presented With CAS Commendation
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By Sqn Ldr Andy Williams RAFVR(T) - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
On the 14th September 2016 Wing Commander Brian Rogers (Rtd) travelled to RAF Northolt to meet with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier to be presented with a commendation for his service to the Air Training Corps. This announcement was made in the New Years Queens honours list.
Having served as a cadet from 1949, going through the cadet and staff ranks and rising to command 148 Squadron for 19 years. Brian’s uniform career culminated in becoming South Yorkshire Wing, Wing Commander for 9 years. On retiring from uniform service after a collosal 64 years service Brian returned to 148 Sqn as a Civilian Instructor, where he is still treasured by the staff and cadets to this day 67 years after starting his service to the Air Cadet Organisation.
The day was one of the warmest, sunniest days we could have wished for. Clear blue skies was the order of the day. We were welcomed to the Officers Mess, which is the only surviving Battle of Britain original Officers Mess still in service and a Grade II listed building. A very historic venue. After meeting other recipients and families we were welcomed to RAF Northolt by the Station Commander and then the commendations were made in the original wartime mess hall by the Chief of Air Staff.
We moved outside the Officers Mess in the glorious sunshine to observe the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight carry out several very low passes. A moving experience being aware of the history of the Battle of Britain station and aircraft being reunited briefly to mark the event.
The RAF Falcons parachute display team dropped in to mark the event in their own very professional and accurate manner which proved to be a very dramatic entrance.
We were then honoured to walk around the Queens Royal Flight BAe146 aircraft and witness private displays by the RAF Central Band and The Queens Colour Squadron. Excellent displays by all in very warm weather were a real treat for the group.
Indirectly 148 (Barnsley) Squadron also had a second reason to be proud on the day. Not only did we have Wg Cdr Brian Rogers (Rtd) but discovered we were in the company of an ex-cadet from the Squadron who was being honoured with a commendation too. Flight Sergeant Richard White who is now serving in the RAF was also receiving his commendation on the day. A great moment to meet up with a 148 Squadron extended family member in the best way possible, celebrating the success of both gentlemen.
We are very proud to be able to share this day with you and send all the congratulations possible to you. You thoroughly deserve your commendation.
A real world example of service before self and world class endurance to dedicate a lifetime to the organisation and the Squadron, Wing and Region. We are all more than grateful, but I personally thank you for all your service past, present and future, but not only that, for continuing to be a true friend to the Squadron, Wing and Region and especially to me personally.
Congratulations Brian, Spectemur Agendo are words you truly follow, long may you be a shining example.
For more information please visit the Squadron website