Warrant officer receives MBE from Queen in palace ceremony
A Royal Air Force engineer who has served on operations around the world, including with the Red Arrows, has been made a MBE.
Warrant Officer David Lloyd, who lives in Rutland, received the honour for his service to the Royal Air Force.
The 53-year-old has previously served in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Falkland Islands, Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, Germany and Canada and is now the Squadron Warrant Officer at the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
He received his MBE from Her Majesty the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
WO Lloyd said: “Receiving the honour was the proudest day in my career, which has spanned 36 years on operations worldwide. The ceremony at Buckingham Palace is now firmly etched in my memory and is an occasion that I’ll never forget.
“My most prominent memory as I prepare to leave the Royal Air Force will be the fine young men and women I have had the privilege to serve with.
“Their commitment to our country and all that the United Kingdom stands for, coupled with their professionalism, courage and honour, will stay with me as I prepare for the next chapter in my life.’’
Originally from New Cumnock in Ayrshire, Scotland, WO Lloyd has lived in Rutland for 15 years.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1978. Since then he has worked on many of the Service’s current and past fast jet aircraft, including the Phantom, Jaguar, Tornado and Hawk. He has had tours across the globe, including three on the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious with the Harrier force.
With promotion to Warrant Officer in 2008, he became the first ex-Flight Line Mechanic in the Royal Air Force to become an Engineering Warrant Officer.
His current posting to the Red Arrows is the second time WO Lloyd has served with the world-renowned display team, which is based at RAF Scampton, in Lincolnshire and comprises 120 people, including pilots, technicians and essential support staff.
He was previously Flight Sergeant Engineering on the Red Arrows from 2006 to 2007.
WO Lloyd, who is the dad of Helen and grandfather to Lily, said: “The Red Arrows is a powerful demonstration of not just precision aerobatics but of how important team work is in the Royal Air Force and what can be achieved through the highest standards of engineering and attention to detail.”