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RAF officer awarded top operations medal

Honours and Awards at RAF Boulmer presented by Group Captain Atkinson.

Honours and Awards at RAF Boulmer presented by Group Captain Atkinson.

A Chesterfield woman serving in the Royal Air Force has been awarded a top medal for her work in Afghanistan.

Senior aircraftsman Sophia Wildman, 23, was handed the Operational Service Medal of Afghanistan during a ceremony at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.

She spent four months in the war-torn country earlier this year as part of Operation Herrick and helped warn of suspicious airborne activity.

RAF Boulmer’s station commander, group captain Paul Atkinson said: “Operational tours such as this involve long hours in arduous conditions away from families.

“I am delighted to be able to present Sophia with her medal, which recognises her vital contribution to operations in Afghanistan.

“Many congratulations to her for a job well done.”

Sophie, who attended Tupton Hall School, added: “During my career I have gained so much life experience that I wouldn’t necessarily have had the opportunity to do in a civilian job. With opportunities to travel, represent the RAF in various sports and gain valuable qualifications I would definitely recommend the life.”

 

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