Air force officer left flying high as he passes military academy

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A NEWLY-QUALIFIED Royal Air Force officer is celebrating after graduating from a military academy.

Craig Young, 23, from Portchester, has graduated as a pilot officer from the Initial Officer Training Course 32 at the Royal Air Force’s training unit in Lincolnshire.

Craig joined 75 other cadets, including representatives from the Algerian, Indonesian, Ghanaian, and Sudanese Air Forces on parade in front of Air Vice Marshal Mata bin Ali Al-Obaidani, the commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, who was the reviewing officer on the day.

Craig said: ‘Becoming an officer in the RAF is the proudest moment of my life.

‘I’m looking forward to a long and exciting career and I hope I will serve my time well.’

Craig was a student at Cams Hill School in Fareham.

He joined the RAF in January and now he has graduated as an officer he will soon begin professional training with the RAF Regiment at RAF Honington.