Over 20 students from the Air & Defence Career College, Lincoln, were presented with commemorative coins recently by Air Commodore Andrew, the ISTAR Force Commander based at RAF Waddington.
The College provides employer-led, career focused education and technical training for 16 to 19-year-olds which is designed to create secure career paths in the RAF and the aerospace industry for young people.
Organised by AAR Corporation at RAF Waddington as part of their studies the students were invited to visit the base to learn about the careers open to them and about the ISTAR (Intelligence; Surveillance; Target; Acquisition; Reconnaissance) Force; a force primarily based at RAF Waddington operating a range of aircraft and equipment. Whilst at RAF Waddington the students were set an exclusive challenge.
It’s traditional for Service Personnel to wear a badge or a patch which identifies them with a specific squadron. The students challenge was to design a badge that would unify the “Whole Force” and identify the wearer as being part of the ISTAR Force as a whole; something that could also be embraced by members of the ISTAR Force who are not members of the Royal Air Force - such is the diversity of the employees across Defence.
Students worked both individually or in small teams to design the new badge.
These were subsequently judged and provided 2 winning designs, one each from Ed Campion and Luke Ferrier. These designs are now being developed into a single badge.
Air Commodore Andrew said: “I was impressed with the Lincoln Air & Defence Career College. It is obvious that the staff have instilled self-confidence and esprit de corps in the students which is reflected in the attitude they showed me. The College provides an educational edge to each of them and gives them competitive advantage when they apply for employment in the Air or Defence branches. I look forward to working closely with the College in the future and welcoming some of the graduating students into the Royal Air Force soon.”
The Air Commodore was hosted by Mr Gary Headland, Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln College Group, Mr Rick Long, Strategic Project Manager, Mr Richard Thornhill, Learning & Skills Lead, and fellow members of the staff at Lincoln College.