Award for ‘role model’ air force photographer

Senior Aircraftman Gary Kearney has won RAF Wittering's Airman of the Year award. EMN-141031-155025001
Senior Aircraftman Gary Kearney has won RAF Wittering's Airman of the Year award. EMN-141031-155025001
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An air force photographer has been honoured for his keen eye with the highest award for his rank that his station has to offer.

Senior Aircraftman Gary Kearney, based at RAF Wittering, has won the station’s SAC Smart award.

SAC Kearney, 29, works as station photographer and his images are often featured in the Mercury.

He said: “I’m so grateful for this award and it’s always good to have your work recognised, but it feels a little strange, especially when I see the great work that my colleagues regularly produce.”

Any serving airman or airwoman, up to and including the rank of corporal, is eligible for the annual award. The finalist is selected from 12 personnel, each of whom won an airman or airwoman of the month award.

SAC Kearney took part in the Wessex Cup photographic competition, helping Wittering secure second place, and his portfolio has regularly resulted in letters of appreciation from many satisfied customers, including the Royal Household Press Office.

The airman also competed in the Royal Air Force Natural Luge championships in January this year.

RAF Wittering station commander, Grp Cpt Damian Alexander said: “I am very impressed with Gary’s work and dedication to his profession and the station. SAC Kearney has performed to the highest professional standard and has also found time to make a significant contribution to many other aspects of RAF life.

“He is an asset to the station and the service and a fine role model for all.”