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Former Garston pupil, James Neate, graduates as Royal Air Force Officer
A newly-qualified Royal Air Force Officer from Aldenham is flying high after recently graduating from a prestigious military academy.
James Neate, 34, graduated as a Flying Officer from Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) 32 at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
James joined 75 other cadets, including representatives from the Algerian, Indonesian, Ghana and Sudan Air Forces, the Bahrain Defence Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman, on parade in front of Air Vice Marshal Mata bin Ali Al-Obaidani, Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman who was the Reviewing Officer on the day.
Following a fly past by a Tornado GR4 aircraft from 31 Squadron, RAF Marham the Air Vice Marshal was then invited to inspect the Officer Cadets on parade outside the historic College Hall.
James, whose mother Kay still lives at Aldenham, attended Parmiter’s School, Garston, before graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA (Hons) in intellectual history and from the University of Birmingham with an MPhil in Modern European History. He joined the RAF in 2006 and now that he has commissioned as an officer he will begin his professional training as an Aerospace Battle Manager.
A keen sportsman, he enjoys rugby and squash.
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