RAF Reservist’s dedication recognised

June 20, 2024
Lord-Lieutenant presents a certificate to a member of the RAF Regiment.

A member of 2622 (Highland) Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) Reserves, has received a Meritorious Service Award in recognition of more than 30 years of Service to the RAF.

Sergeant John Hepburn received the Award in front of colleagues and family at RAF Lossiemouth on 29 May from the Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, Major General (Retired) The Honourable Seymour Monro CBE LVO.

Sergeant Hepburn began his career as a Reservist with 2622 (Highland) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) Regiment at RAF Lossiemouth.

He enjoyed the life of the RAF Regiment so much that he joined the Regulars and completed 22 years of Service before retiring to his home county of Moray, and re-joining 2622 Squadron – coming full circle in his career.

Sergeant Hepburn has now served more than 10 years back on 2622 Squadron, contributing once more to the RAF as an instructor on Air Force Protection duties at RAF Lossiemouth. He took on a challenging leadership role in charge of Reservists mobilised in 2020 to support the NHS as part of the COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units, taking a team of thirty Reservists to the North East of England.

Lately, Sergeant Hepburn was mobilised for just under a year at RAF Lossiemouth assisting Regular instructors in preparing RAF personnel for the ground defence aspects of their deployments abroad. An expert in first aid instruction, Sergeant Hepburn helped set up a First Response Emergency Care course at RAF Lossiemouth which assisted RAF Lossiemouth’s establishment of a First Responder capability.

Congratulations to Sergeant Hepburn and keep up the good work!


Find out more about 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAuxAF Regiment.