Sqn Ldr Stephen New, Deputy Wing Commander for Thames Valley Wing, has been awarded a MBE in the Queens Birthdays Honours List.
Sqn Ldr New has served the Corps for 34 years and is still counting! His adult ATC service commenced in 1974; he was warranted in 1976, commissioned in 1985 and commanded 2267 (Brize Norton) Squadron from 1987 to 1998. He joined Wing Staff in 1998 and was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2002.
More recently his primary role has been as an Area Commander responsible for 6 ATC Squadrons in the West of the Wing, taken on the role of Wing Bandmaster, has resurrected the annual Wing Dinner and, for the last 4 years has acted as the Nijmegen Wing Team Manager and organised the selection and administration of the Thames Valley Wing Team all of which successfully completed the course.
He has also been a highly successful Wing Flying and Gliding Liaison Officer, building exceptional working relationships with both 612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) and 6 Air Experience Flight.