AN Airwoman from Burton has received recognition for her service to the Royal Air Force following her recent deployment to the United Arab Emirates.
34-year-old Ann Bennett from Dalebrook Road in Winshill received the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal II at RAF College Cranwell, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
She is currently serving with the RAF Special Investigations and Intelligence Branch and received the medal following her tour of duty at Minhad Air Base in Dubai.
Having joined the RAF in 2003, she has previously served her country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ann’s father Malcolm told the Mail that she always wanted to join the forces from a young age.
He said: “She went to Burton College and did a combined services course, then joined the RAF when she was in her mid-20’s. She had been working as a Special Constable in Burton before that.
“When you see your daughter receiving an award like this for what she’s done, it makes you very proud.
“To be in the forces, doing a job that you want to do and to be awarded a medal is special. You don’t get that sort of recognition in every job. It’s a great achievement.”
Malcolm spent 10 years in the Army himself but says he doesn’t think it influenced Ann in her decision to join the RAF. He also says both he and wife Beryl do become concerned when Ann is deployed to places where there is conflict, but that they acknowledge that it is part of her job.
He said: “You do worry, but it’s what she does and both ourselves and Ann know that. It’s a job she loves doing and if she’s told to go somewhere, we know she has to go.”