Paul, who is a Business Development Manager within the Information part of our business, was invited in recognition of his role as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force VC10 Navigator.
The dinner, followed a 120-man parade, acknowledged the UK forces vital contribution to the successful military operations in Libya.
Paul said ‘It was an honour to be asked to support the operation and to be able to use my military skills to help prevent a humanitarian disaster’. He added “It did not go unnoticed by my military colleagues that a VC10 air to air refuelling aircraft with a BAE Systems reservist on board was regularly tasked with refuelling the BAE Systems Typhoon and Tornado GR4 aircraft’.
Representing the Services were Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Steven Dalton, Maj Gen Gordon Messenger as well as other distinguished members of the three services who had supported the campaign, either in UK or deployed in the Area of Operations.
The VC10 is scheduled to go out of service in 2013. Approaching 50 years of age, and still supporting operations and exercises around the world, the platform will continue to be maintained by the BAE Systems team based at Rochester and RAF Brize Norton.