A Fleetwood man, serving in the RAF, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Warrant Officer Stephen Whitehead is serving as a member of the Joint Training Design Team at the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton.
WO Whitehead joined the RAF directly from school in 1975 as a member of the Aircraft Engineering Weapons trade and his service has included operational tours of duty in the Gulf and Afghanistan.
Stephen said: “After 39 years serving Queen and Country, it gives me great pleasure to end my career at RAF Cosford. To be awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List is a great privilege, indeed the ‘icing on the cake’ and fulfils my aspirations at the end of a fantastic time in the RAF. My wife, family, relatives and friends are all proud of me and my dad will be looking down from heaven with a big smile on this great day.”
The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to members of the RAF who have had a consistently exemplary record of service throughout their career, have been a role model and fine ambassador for their service and have made outstanding contributions in their professional or extra-curricular activities, such as charitable works or sporting achievements.