Two brothers from Torquay have made a big impact in the Royal Air Force, receiving prestigious honours just weeks apart from each other. Corporal Liam Levett, 31, received a Commendation from a senior RAF commander for his efforts to keep critical RAF command systems running in the Middle East, while his brother Corporal Joshua Levett, 26, received a trophy from the RAF’s top-ranking police officer for his exceptional efforts during training to be an RAF policeman.
Liam has just completed a four-month tour of duty with 83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) in the Middle East, returning home on 23 October. While deployed he was responsible for maintaining a vital computer system which helps 83 EAG manage RAF air operations across an 8-million-square-mile operating area including the Middle East, Cyprus and Afghanistan.
‘It’s been an incredibly busy time,’ said the former St Cuthbert Main School student, who joined the RAF in 2003 and has also seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq. ‘The flow of work was really intense, but I feel amazing looking at what I achieved. When you’re at work in the UK every day can feel routine, but here I know I’ve had a big impact.’
Corporal Liam Levett, 31, received a Commendation from a senior RAF commander for his efforts to keep critical RAF command systems running in the Middle East during the crisis in Syria, while his brother Corporal Joshua Levett, 26, received a trophy for his exceptional efforts during training to be an RAF policeman.
Just before leaving the Middle East to return to his home base at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, Liam was awarded a Commendation by Air Commodore Philip Beach, who commands 83 Expeditionary Air Group and is the RAF’s senior operational commander in the Middle East and Afghanistan. ‘I was buzzing when I heard I’d earned the Commendation,’ said Liam. ‘It meant a lot to me, and my team was really happy too.’Liam said he was looking forward to seeing his wife Kelly (29), stepson Bradley (6) and baby son Albie, who has just started talking at 18 months old. ‘Albie’s getting a proper personality now,’ said Liam, ‘calling me Dada on Skype – I can’t wait to see his smile. I’ll even be home in time for my second wedding anniversary.’
After awarding Liam the Commendation, Air Commodore Beach said: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure to have served alongside Corporal Levett. His exceptional hard work during a very busy period has made an enormous impact on RAF operations in the Middle East and beyond. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty every day and is a superb role model for colleagues of all ranks. Given his brother’s very promising start to his career as an RAF policeman I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more of the two Corporals Levett in the coming years.’
Just days before Liam received his award, his younger brother Corporal Joshua Levett (26) completed training as an RAF policeman at the Defence College of Policing and Guarding in Portsmouth, where he received the Best General Policing Duties Trophy from the RAF’s senior police officer, Group Captain Mark Sexton.Joshua worked as a cabin manager in an airline before joining the RAF in January, and said that his years dealing with difficult customers had helped prepare him for duties as a military policeman. ‘A lot of the skills were transferable, especially when dealing with irate people! The policing course was really tough, with lots of hard physical training, self-defence and hands-on policing. I was shocked when I learned how well I’d done – everyone on the course was very capable.
‘I was really happy to hear about Liam’s commendation in the same week, too – I look up to him a lot. I didn’t think I could do RAF training, and he convinced me I could.’
Liam said he was proud of his brother’s achievement too, but said their mum Heather will be prouder still. ‘Mum will be really excited about our achievements. I can’t wait to see her – it’s going to be amazing to be home.’
Editor: Sqn Ldr Andy Wasley
Photograph: Paul Crouch
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