Decorated Appache Attack Helicopter Pilot's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Queen’s Medal, as awarded to the British Army Officer Cadet who achieved the highest scores in military, practical and academic studies on the Regular Commissioning Cours...

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Condition: small silver text mark on one part of rim, Nearly Extremely Fine.
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    Decorated Appache Attack Helicopter Pilot's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Queen’s Medal, as awarded to the British Army Officer Cadet who achieved the highest scores in military, practical and academic studies on the Regular Commissioning Course, this one being for 1997, as awarded to Cadet later Captain D.M. Wilkins, M.B.E., Army Air Corps, who went to pilot an Apache helicopter on operations in Iraq. An article found online confirms that Wilkins saw service in Iraq and ‘was given an MBE after being the first to fly an Apache gunship in the Iraq War, as well as the American Air Medal.’ His American award was gazetted on 23rd April 2004, and his Member of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 31st December 2004. Rare.

    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Queen’s Medal, awarded for 1997 - the date engraved on the reverse, silver-gilt, rim engraved; (DAVID MICHAEL WILKINS)

    Condition: small silver text mark on one part of rim, Nearly Extremely Fine.

    David Michael Wilkins underwent an ‘undergraduate cadetship’ through the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, before being commissioned into the Regular Army as a 2nd Lieutenant (No.545322) on probation into the Army Air Corps on 10th September 1995.

    Wilkins then passed his training as a helicopter pilot, and having gained his pilot’s wings, was confirmed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the A.A.C on 8th September 1996, and at the same time promoted to Lieutenant, with his seniority back dated to 6th August 1994. Whilst at Sandhurst he had distinguished himself by being awarded the Queen’s Medal. The Queen's Medal is awarded to the British Army Officer Cadet who achieved the highest scores in military, practical and academic studies on the Regular Commissioning Course. This is a rare award, and Wilkins received his for 1997.

    Wilkins went on to be promoted to Captain, and saw active service on operations, and in recognition of ‘gallant and distinguished services during the coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan’ as a helicopter pilot, was awarded the Air Medal by the President of the United States of America, the award being published in the London Gazette for 23rd April 2004, one of two such awards gazetted on this occasion.

    Wilkins was subsequently appointed a Member of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours List as published in the London Gazette for 31st December 2004.

    An article found online confirms that Wilkins saw service in Iraq and ‘was given an MBE after being the first to fly an Apache gunship in the Iraq War, as well as the American Air Medal.’

    Wilkins transferred in the rank of Captain to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers on his retirement on 18th November 2006.