121 Squadron’s Warrant Officer Karl Whopples had an unexpected bonus when he attended the Armed Forced Day event in Nuneaton. Karl who served 22 years with the British Army reaching the rank of Warrant Officer class 1 had his previous Armed Forces service recognised by The Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire Mr Timothy Cox who presented Karl with the Veterans Badge.
Karl Whoppers originally had his first taste of military life as an Air Cadet with 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron where he reached the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) before joining the Army. He served in the British Army with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Artificer Sergeant Major). During his 22 years of service Karl was deployed to various locations throughout the world in support of military operations and engagements.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “After 22 years of military service Karl has come back to the squadron with a wealth of regular service experience and has made a very much needed addition to the Squadron’s uniformed staff.”
“The presentation of the Veterans badge came as a complete surprise to Karl and I was delighted to see that his previous and continuing service has been recognised and appreciated by Her Majesties representative The Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire.”