The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, James Naylor Esq. was at RAF High Wycombe last month to present Medals to our personnel.

The High Sheriff was given a tour of the base’s facilities prior to presiding over the Honours and Awards ceremony in the Oakeshott Centre. The centre was named after Naphill War Hero, Wg Cdr Alan Oakeshott, who is credited with the idea of building a base for Bomber Command here in the Chilterns in 1938. The High Sheriff and Mrs Naylor were also given a tour of the Station, which included a visit to the newly renovated Harris Room, ACM Sir Arthur Harris’ wartime office.

Awards presented by the High Sheriff included Operational Service Medals and Commendations for servicemen involved in both Afghanistan and Air Operations over Libya. He also presented a Meritorious Service Medal to Warrant Officer Bev Childs. This special and limited medal is only awarded to those who have completed “good, faithful, valuable and meritorious service, with conduct judged to be irreproachable throughout”. Warrant Officer Childs has not only contributed to the RAF in her profession, in her illustrious career she has also represented Great Britain in many athletics events and been a pioneer in UK and RAF Triathalon.

Speaking after the ceremony, the High Sheriff said:

“In the past the High Sheriff was charged with raising armies for the Queen… It is a great pleasure and privilege to be here today, rewarding those people for the service they have given.”