17 February 2017Flying the Flag on daughter's Graduation Parade

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A former Charlton School pupil was part of a first for the Royal Air Force this week when she passed out from Basic Recruit Training at RAF Halton on the same Parade as her father.

Aircraftman Jasmine Lisney, aged 17, from Telford, Shropshire was joined on the Graduation Parade by her father, RAF Reservist, Flight Lieutenant Peter Lisney, who was the Queens Colour Bearer. This was the first time a new recruit had paraded alongside a Reservist parent. In fact it was a real family affair with Jasmine’s mother, Lisa, and older brother and sister there to support them. Lisa said: “I’m just so proud of her and can’t quite believe she’s done so well and is standing here in uniform today.”

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AC Jasmine Lisney

Choosing to become an RAF Apprentice Avionics Technician, AC Lisney said: “It has been the best and worst 10 weeks of my life and amazing to be on the same Parade as my father.  I recognised his voice as soon as he came on to the Parade Square.”

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AC Jasmine Lisney and Flt Lt Peter Lisney

Media Operations Officer, Flight Lieutenant Lisney, joined the Reserves in 2011, having previously served as a Regular in the 1990s. He said: “The drill instruction I received was first class. It was an absolute honour and privilege to parade alongside every one of these young men and women who have worked tirelessly for the past ten weeks to graduate today and are absolutely committed to all they do. While waiting to march on, my mind became quite emotional with the fact that my daughter was marching just a few feet away from me, this piled the pressure on for me not to make a mistake.  I have been on Operations and travelled the world with the Royal Air Force but this has been the highlight of my career to date. Being invited to carry the Queens Colour on such an important parade is a testament to how Regulars and Reserves operate shoulder to shoulder in today’s RAF.” 

AC Lisney will return to Shropshire for her Phase 2 training which is held at RAF Cosford where she will train as an Aircraft Mechanic.  

Images © MOD Crown Copyright 2017

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