Matt Jones, resident of Whitchurch Road, Audlem, was commisioned at Cranwell last Thursday and now joins the RAF Regiment. His name appeared in the Times newspaper on Saturday.
Matt was educated at St James' School and Brine Leas before going on to read Geology at University where he graduated in July 2009. He'd always dreamed of serving in the Forces and was delighted when he was accepted by the RAF last year.
Training at Cranwell started at the end of August 2009 and has taken him to some unlikely locations. Regular readers of Audlem Online will recall his adventures in the remote Scottish Highlands on a 12-mile trek through deep snow, a tale published on 1st March under the headline Battling through snow in the Highlands.
From Cranwell, Flying Officer Jones will now be heading for RAF Leuchars near St Andrews in Fife. We are sure all who know him will be delighted by his success. Matt's parents, Chris and Sheila Jones, were proud guests at the graduation ceremony on Thursday.
In 2005, Matt was the youngest member of a working group on the Audlem Parish Plan and contributed an article on 'Youth and growing up' in Audlem for the launch of Audlem Online in August 2005. We hear this involvement in the community was seen as a valuable feature of his curriculum vitae when applying for the RAF.
We now hear that another 'graduate' of Audlem St James' school and Brine Leas is hoping to replicate Matt's route to Cranwell and is currently involved in the RAF selection process.
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