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RAF Wittering airman who joined the force with no driving licence wins RAF Logistics Driver of the Year award

A RAF Wittering airman who joined the service with no driving licence has won the RAF Logistics Driver of the Year award.

Corporal Jack Banks, 30, is an instructor with No 2 Mechanical Transport (2MT) Squadron; the RAF’s specialist road-going, heavy-lift transport squadron. The award was given in recognition of his outstanding work during 2019 and 2020 but formal recognition at home was delayed due to an overseas deployment.

Jack joined the RAF in September 2008 but, despite having no driving licence, the idea of being a driver stood out.

Cpl Jack Banks. Photo: SAC Jodie Ireland
Cpl Jack Banks. Photo: SAC Jodie Ireland

He said: “I don’t come from a military family, so there was no one to guide me. But driving had always appealed to me, particularly the off-road element of the training.”

After completing his basic training at RAF Halton, Jack went on to his official driver training at the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield near Hull. It was there that Corporal Banks gained his driving licence and was trained to operate HGVs, buses and coaches, and off-road vehicles.

Although a skilled and highly competent vehicle operator, it was for his enduring commitment to road safety in the community that Jack received his award. Whilst stationed at RAF Honington in Suffolk, Corporal Banks worked with the village primary school to get pupils interested in road safety, and he and team of volunteers made sure all the road signs were clean and visible.

Squadron Leader Dan Cook is Officer Commanding 2MT Squadron. He said: “I’m really pleased to see Jack’s initiative and hard work receive worthy recognition. Our specialist drivers are rightly proud of their tradecraft, so I expect there will be plenty of friendly competition to succeed him as the RAF’s driver of the year.”

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