SNIPERS from Honington were personally thanked by the head of the RAF when he visited those engaged in Olympic security.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of the Air Staff, visited airmen and airwomen involved in protecting the Games last Thursday.
Among those he met were two RAF Regiment snipers who showed him the high powered rifles they are trained to use from the Merlin helicopter behind them. RAF Honington confirmed they are based there but those engaged in high level security are not being named publicly.
The snipers’ air-to-air shooting ability makes them a last line of defence against light aircraft threatening the Games.
Sir Stephen said: “Members of the public have consistently described our people as professional, courteous and cheerful.”
“At a time when [they]would be looking forward to summer holidays, these individuals have given their time to ensure a safe and enjoyable Olympics.
“I want to thank them for their commitment, hard work and dedication.”