Cadet Flight Sergeant James Turner from 2445 (Ardudwy) Squadron, Air Training Corps has been awarded the RAF Valley Charlton Griffin Trophy.
This year will also be the first year that the Charlton Griffin trophy winner will become the station commander’s cadet and will be invited to accompany the station commander to selected formal functions. Cadet Flight Sergeant Turner began his appointment in style with a flight in an RAF Valley Hawk TMk1 of 208(R) Squadron piloted by Wing Commander Tony Franklin RAF.
The Charlton Griffin Trophy is named after LAC Stan Charlton and Group Captain (now Air Commodore) Griffin. Stan Charlton was one of the first airmen stationed at RAF Valley when it was formed in 1941. In the early 1990’s he asked the then station commander Group Captain Griffin if he could commission a trophy that could be awarded to a suitable individual. It was decided to award the trophy to a deserving cadet from one of the 12 squadrons in No 2 Welsh Wing (North Wales) that are parented by RAF Valley.
Group Captain Pete Cracroft, station commander of RAF Valley said: “The Air Training Corps is a hugely important part of the RAF family, and so we are delighted to welcome Cadet Flight Sergeant Turner to be the first station commander’s cadet for RAF Valley. He will be helping me to represent RAF Valley and I hope he will inspire other young people in North Wales to follow in his footsteps and join the Air Cadets”
Editor: Sqn Ldr Williams
Photograph: Cpl Ferguson
Cadet Flight Sergeant James Turner with the Charlton-Griffin Troph.
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