Father’s Day this year will mean even more to one dad, who has been joined in the RAF Reserve Service by his son.
Both Mick Stewart and his son Jim Foster are part of 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, based at RAF Wittering.
Mick, 50, is a landlord by profession and joined the Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 2008. He started out as a gunner but, when 504 Squadron changed its role from Force Protection to Logistics Support, he re-trained as a chef.
Son Jim, 26, is a steel erector and, during the week, lives away from the family home on the outskirts of Peterborough. Jim aspires to follow his dad into military catering, but must first complete his basic recruit training.
During their first year, all new recruits hold the rank of Aircraftman or Aircraftwoman. With his longer service, Mick is a couple of rungs higher up the ladder than his Aircraftman son and is a Senior Aircraftman.
For Squadron Leader Andy Ham, Officer Commanding 504 Squadron, having a father and son in the unit is a bonus.
He said: “We’re a close knit squadron; we all count and depend on each other. In many ways we are a family. Having Mick and Jim on the squadron reinforces that commitment.”