Father's pride as son passes RAF training
A RETIRED senior Army officer has spoken of his pride after his son completed a gruelling training course to join the Armed Forces.
Christopher Barron, 21, has always wanted to follow in his father Tony's footsteps and protect the public.
Now, he has graduated from the Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire and is a step closer to achieving his dream.
Christopher's father, Tony, said: "I'm very proud.
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"He will be assisting with flight operations and looking after aircraft on the ground.
"Originally, he was aiming for the police but with the budget they decided they weren't recruiting."
To pass his training, Christopher, of Market Weighton, had to meet rigorous fitness requirements and learn first aid and weapon handling skills.
He also spent five days living in the field in December, when temperatures at night dropped to about -10C.
Tony is a retired soldier who served in the Royal Logistic Corps and reached the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He said: "I think Christopher made his own mind up.
"He was in the Army Cadet Force for five or six years and was top cadet."
Christopher will now train as a flight operations assistant at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.
He will learn to keep aircraft safe by supporting flying operations in RAF stations and from control towers at airfields.
In 2010, he was one of seven people across the UK picked to meet the Queen for the 150th anniversary of the cadet force.