Goodbye to Warrant Officer Ian Nelson
No II(AC) Squadron recently said goodbye to their Squadron Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Ian Nelson, in fine style.
In traditional fashion, Warrant Officer Nelson was marched off base by personnel from ‘Shiny Two’. With a twist from normality however, Warrant Officer Nelson was proudly marched off while sitting astride a Tornado engine, as he started his trade in the Royal Air Force as an engines specialist.
Once marched off base, as is the tradition, Officer Commanding II(AC) Squadron, Wing Commander Nick Tucker-Lowe, replaced the Warrant Officer’s Service Dress hat with a bowler hat, at which point Mr Nelson was invited to march the Squadron back on to base one last time before being welcomed to Royal Air Force Marham as a Service Veteran by the Acting Station Commander Wing Commander Dharamraj.
After being marched back on to base by Mr Nelson, Wing Commander Tucker-Lowe said: “Mr Nelson has given so much to No II(AC) Squadron and the Royal Air Force as a whole over his military service career. All of us who have served alongside him owe him a great debt of gratitude for his unwavering commitment, professionalism and good humour. While so many are sad to see him leave the Royal Air Force today, it is also an absolute delight to welcome him back immediately into the fold.”