Family image at RAF College Cranwell of Flying Officer Beresford and his family stood in front of College Hall

Friday 24th June 2022

A local young man to RAF College Cranwell, Flying Officer Beresford is now flying high having graduated from Modular Initial Officer Training Course number 12, at the RAF Officer Training Academy yesterday (22nd June 2022).

Flying Officer Beresford, aged 27 was born in Fishtoft, Boston and attended Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford before gaining a Master of Engineering at the Sheffield Hallam University. Before joining the RAF he worked in the manufacturing industry. He will now begin the next stage of his training as an Engineering (Aerosystems) Officer.

Having had his sights set on a career in the RAF from being a young boy; his father – Squadron leader (Retired) Beresford Served in the RAF for over 31 years.  Flying Officer Beresford was a member of 2160 (Sleaford) Squadron Air Training Corps and then a member of Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron.

As we welcome Flying Officer Beresford into the RAF family, we spoke to him and his father to ask them how the support of their family has helped them on their individual careers in the RAF – here’s what they had to say:

Flying Officer Beresford said:

“The support from my family throughout my time at RAFOTA has been nothing short of amazing. Mum and Dad were available any time I needed to call them and talk through any thoughts or worries I had been having, where they would be able to steer me in the right direction. My father was invaluable, having Served for 31 years, he was able to provide perspective to the training and activities I was undertaking that I had not considered. As well as tales from his time going through Initial Officer Training showing that the Royal Air Force, in some cases, remains the same as it was, strong in its sense of identity and having pride in its heritage.

“It has been a fantastic experience joining and commissioning as an Officer in the Royal Air Force. Following in the footsteps of family yet carving my own path forward. The challenges we face are ever changing and I look forward to tackling them as a member of the Royal Air Force”.

 

Flying Officer Beresford ©Crown Copyright

Flying Officer Beresford ©Crown Copyright

Squadron Leader Beresford (Retired) said:

“I graduated on D Squadron, 101 Initial Officer training, almost 35 years ago to the day before my son who is also graduating from D Squadron.

“A huge congratulations to him and his fellow officers who are about to start on a great adventure and career. Over the next 31 years, I was privileged to operate, as an RAF Navigator, on many RAF aircraft types from the Tornado F3 to the Avro Lancaster. The people who I worked alongside made it an incredible journey that took me and sometimes my family to many places around the world and two overseas tours. The camaraderie from working as part of a team was second to none and it continues to live on after leaving the Service. At times it was difficult to pull myself away from the family to go on deployments and you could see the disappointment in my children’s faces that their Dad was off again. Yet parcels would arrive on detachment full of drawings, sweets and photos considerably raising my spirits and without them realising it, supporting me. My career would also not have been possible without Sarah. She, like anyone left to pick up the pieces, had to deal with the children’s emotions, manage the house, run the children around and all of the time put on a happy face to support them. Even though at times, Sarah would be stressed, tired and in need of a big hug.

“It was a real privilege to have flown so many aircraft types and work alongside professionals from many nations. However, none of this would have been possible without the support of my family. They had to put up with the moves – albeit to some nice countries, leaving friends behind and having to make new ones to lose them again at the next move, and no Dad around for many months of the year. They probably had the hardest job, and it is with humble indebtedness I would like to thank Sarah, Sam, Harry and Georgina for their support and understanding to allow me to do what I did during my RAF career. Thank you”.

Squadron Leader Beresford (Retired)

Squadron Leader Beresford (Retired)

Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Tomorrow is Armed Forces Day, an annual event held on the last Saturday of June each year.  The Armed Forces Day flag was raised in towns and cities at buildings and famous landmarks across the country on Monday 20th June.

One of the key themes of Armed Forces Day is Family – our Armed Forces couldn’t do their job without the incredible support of their family and friends.

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