A Holme-upon-Spalding Moor volunteer has been presented with the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate for his contribution to the RAF Reserve.
Jeff Metcalfe received one of the highest honours in the armed services by Barry Dodd CBE, Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire at a ceremony at Worsley Barracks in York.
Mr Metcalfe is based at the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in York and formerly at RAF Leeming near Northallerton.
Wing Commander Metcalfe boasts 37 years’ service as a reservist, which includes 13 years with the full-time reserve service.
During his service he took part in exercises in Denmark and Germany and was deployed to Kuwait in 2003. He was awarded the Queen’s Volunteer Reserves Medal in 2014 and a Commander’s Commendation in 2013.
Wing Comamander Metcalfe said: “My positive experiences as an Air Cadet led me to staying with the organisation by moving into the Royal Auxilliary Air Force. Being a Reservist has helped me and my civilian career enormously through the years and I thoroughly recommend it to all those interested in joining the RAF but who aren’t sure whether they can commit to being in the regular force.
“Receiving an award of any kind is a humbling experience, but it is nice to be acknowledged in this way.”
Colonel Jason Wright, chief executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in Yorkshire and The Humber, added: “It’s fantastic to see Jeff’s efforts commemorated in this way and I look forward to seeing the positive changes he will continue to make to the RAF Reserve.”