Farewell to WO Dave Carruthers
Warrant Officer Carruthers joined the Royal Air Force in April 1977 as an apprentice Airframe and Propulsion Technician and in retiring this year, he has accumulated 36 years of loyal and outstanding service.
Holding the highest Senior Non-Commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force since 2009, Warrant Officer Carruthers’ outstanding contribution and exemplary conduct throughout his 36 years in the Service has been recognised with the award of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and more recently in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, his Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). His long and distinguished career has seen him serve at many locations both within the United Kingdom and America.
His final posting here at Marham to the Tornado Components Squadron has seen him continue to lead by example, resulting most notably in building up the capability of the Squadron to successfully meet the unprecedented demands of Operation ELLAMY as well as continuing operations in support of TGRF.
On a sunny July afternoon and in traditional fashion, Warrant Officer Carruthers was marched off base by personnel from Tornado Component Squadron. As ISTAR is a key member of TCS, he was proudly marched off whilst sat atop a finely decorated RAPTOR Pod.
Once marched off base and as tradition dictates, the Station Commander replaced the Warrant Officer’s Service Dress hat with a bowler hat, however dispensing with tradition, two other WO “Dave’s” bade their farewells with a smacker on each cheek (see photo). After further photocalls, Mr Carruthers was invited to march the TCS Guard of Honour back on to base one last time. Accompanied by his wife, Sarah-who had earlier been presented with a bouquet of flowers, Mr Carruthers thanked all those present.