The Master's Commendation

Awarded for outstanding service in the air, at the discretion of the Master.
(amended Terms of Reference 2019)

2021 awarded to: Major Kevin Anderson AAC

ANDERSON Kevin Masters CommendationMajor Anderson is an exceptionally experienced A2 Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI), instrumental in the development of peers and subordinates across Army Aviation. This citation marks 30 years, circa 6000 flying hours across five helicopter platforms and dedication to aviation instruction and assurance. He is truly a master in his field.

Initially qualifying on Gazelle in 1992, Maj Anderson spent the next 11 years in and out of Northern Ireland (NI) on Operation Banner, including several voluntary six-month tours. In 1994 he achieved aircraft commander status and in 1996, given his already vast experience and natural flying ability, was selected for operations in support of UK Special Forces in NI. He commissioned in 2006 and was appointed the Rotary Wing Project Officer, Handling Sqn at MOD Boscombe Down. He completed a Squirrel conversion while concurrently instructing on Gazelle and Lynx.

Completing the QHI Course in 2009, Maj Anderson was appointed Second in Command, 671 Sqn delivering Lynx conversion and refresher courses. He proved to be a highly talented QHI, maintaining a very high flying rate and making significant contributions to the generation of pilots in support of Operations HERRICK and TELIC.

Maj Anderson completed Lynx Mk9A conversion in 2012, he was appointed Training Officer of 657 Sqn supporting UKSF domestic and overseas commitments. Over six years he deployed to Oman, Norway, Belize, Afghanistan twice on Operation LANDSBURY and to Kabul as the PJHQ Rotary Wing Safety Standards Officer. Whilst deploying on every major Sqn exercise and developing new and established Sqn members, he also achieved A2 upgrade confirming his QHI capacity and capabilities. He was instrumental in ensuring the unit achieved a Very Satisfactory grade during the JHC Single Service Standards Inspection. This is noteworthy as these achievements were set against the Sqn’s return from operations, manpower pressures and maintenance of Very High Readiness in support of UK Counter Terrorism.

Completing Bell Conversion in 2018, Maj Anderson was appointed Officer Commanding Conversion Flight, delivering Gazelle and Bell 212 conversion and refresher courses. He deployed to Brunei and continued as an outstanding leader and highly professional instructor ensuring aviation Force Generation supported both the UKSF and Security Forces in NI and Brunei Garrison’s jungle MEDEVAC capability.

Recognising Maj Anderson’s ability and diligence, he was appointed Regimental QHI (FIND) in 2020. He is the principal aviation subject matter expert for Gazelle and Bell 212 operations and is directly responsible to the Senior Operator for first party assurance, standardisation and supervision. More recently, he has held the Senior Operator position answering directly to the Delivery Duty Holder.

Major Anderson’s full military aviation career is an exemplary display of selfless commitment and dedication. He is an experienced operator, truly professional and a highly capable instructor. As a leader, coach and mentor he has been pivotal in the development of subordinates and peers across a wide range of platforms. His service record and contribution to UK Defence has been outstanding. For his long and outstanding service and devotion to duty in the air, Major Kevin Anderson is awarded the Master’s Commendation.

Previous winners:

1977/78   Sqn Ldr R Penny

1978/79   Mr Asad Nasr on behalf of Middle East Airlines

1979/80  awarded twice:
      Charles Nicholas Hoy Esq
      Hikmat M Ghosn

1981 - 1982  not awarded

1982/83  awarded to: 
      Alan Bramson Esq
      Arthur E Gibson Esq
      Eric H Woods Esq

1984  not awarded

1984/85   J R Kilner Esq & P Bonhomme Esq

1986 - 1987  not awarded

1987/88   First Officer Mimi Tompkins

1988/89  awarded to:
      First Officer G Slader & Second Officer M Thomas of United Airlines
      Wg Cdr M C Brooke RAF
      Captain T F P Frizell

1989/90   A E Donlan Esq

1990/91  awarded twice:
       G P Sanctuary Esq
       Captain J Sirley

1991/92   Robert Legg Esq

1992/93   Mrs Constance E Fricker

1994  not awarded

1994/95   awarded to:
      Professor Angus Wallace & Dr Tom Wong
      Miss Tracey Leigh Signal

1995/96   Captain Peter Bugge & Captain John Robinson AFC*

1996/97   Flt Lt Michael J Chatterton

1997/98   Malcolm Mason Esq

1998/99   Wg Cdr Simon Meade RAF

1999/2000 Captain Neville Grady

2000/01 awarded twice:
      Flight Lieutenant Rodney Leigh
      Captain John Savage

2001/02   Andrew Digby Esq

2002/03   Roger H Beazley Esq

2003/04   Sqn Ldr Malcolm Hunt RAF

2005  not awarded

2005/06   Captain Ralph Kohn

2006/07   Victor Lockwood

2007/08   Sqn Ldr Warwick Creighton MBE RAF

2008/09  awarded twice:
      Sqn Ldr Alastair Pinner MBE RAF
      Captain Roland "Rolie" James DSM(Oman) BA(Hons)

2009/10   The Air Cadet Organisation

2010/11. awarded twice:
      656 Squadron Group AAC
      Miss Mandy Pantall

2011/12  awarded twice:
      Flt Lt D J "Jack" Hawkins RAFR               
      Garry Stanfield Smith

2012/13  The British Helicopter Team 2012

2013/14  awarded twice: 
      Major Mark Martin AAC
      Royal Australian Air Force Air Mobility Group

2014/15 awarded twice:
      Lt Cdr Chris Götke AFC RN
      Royal Air Force Air Traffic Management Force

2016  Major Jean G R Leroux CD

2017 awarded twice:
      Captain Rosella Bjornson
      Lieutenant Colonel Kevin M Hall USAF

2018  awarded to:
      Gp Capt John Middleton OBE RAF 
      Sqn Ldr Mike Ling MBE RAF
      Maj Dennis W Sharf CD

2019  Flt Lt Christopher Stradling RAF

2020  MACR Tudor Haines

2021  Maj Kevin Anderson AAC