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inmemoriam

WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2 SPENCER FAULKNER ARMY AIR CORPS

Warrant Officer 2 Spencer Faulkner, killed in the Lynx helicopter crash in Afghanistan,  was born on 15 December 1975. He joined the Army as a Royal Engineer, Geographic Technician in September 1992. Selected for employment as aircrew in 2005, he completed his initial flying training prior to streaming on to the Lynx helicopter. He completed his conversion training at Middle Wallop in February 2007 and was subsequently officially re-mustered to the Army Air Corps as a pilot. An experienced aviator, Warrant Officer 2 Faulkner deployed to
Afghanistan on numerous occasions, often at short notice, in support of UK Armed Forces.

A true Army Warrant Officer in bearing and professionalism, he was liked and highly respected by all who worked with him.

His Commanding Officer said of him:

"WO2 Spencer Faulkner has been a stalwart of the Squadron for many
years, deploying to Afghanistan on numerous occasions, where he
consistently displayed the guile, leadership and bravery so closely
associated with his Squadron. The loss of a Warrant Officer of his
calibre and commitment will leave a huge void in the close knit fabric
of the Unit and our thoughts and condolences are very much with his
family, of whom he was so proud".

The Commander for the deployed Lynx Detachment paid the following
tribute:

"WO2 Spen Faulkner was a conscientious, loyal and dedicated soldier who
was a privilege to command. An extremely experienced aviator he was the
Air Mission Commander of his detachment and my first port of call if I
wanted a straight answer, no matter how sensitive the subject. Well
liked and respected by all whot met him, his passing is a huge blow to
the Aviation Detachment and his Squadron alike. I had the privilege of
flying with WO2 Faulkner numerous times at Royal Air Force Odiham and
was always incredibly impressed with his professionalism and hands-on
flying ability. Sharing a cockpit with him you would get insight into
the true man; a loving husband and hugely dedicated father to his two
children. I feel honoured to be able to call him a friend and my
thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult
time".

His family said:

"Spen was a loving husband to Cally and devoted father to Natasha and
Jack, and will be greatly missed. A huge gap has been left in our hearts
forever. He has been tragically taken away whilst serving his Country, a
job he loved. God rest his soul".

Comments 

 
0 #1 Chris Palmer 2017-02-01 16:29
Spen was my best friend through middle and comprehensive school along with many many others, he was held dear, popular, funny, in fact he was very funny, he was brave and had even at an early age, the kind of bravery that later called him to joining the British Army. Were I myself soldier material, I would have gladly followed him into the services. We rode our bicycles everywhere, were cubs then scouts, he had a knack for camouflage and for never letting anything get him down. His family, friends and many colleagues salute his service and will miss him as long as time endures. Safe Journey Spen x
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In the service of our country.

Eulogies for all personnel killed on UK operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere are posted as soon as they have been released by the UK Ministry of Defence. Each eulogy we publish for men down in operations brings a lump to the throat. We are losing the best of the best. Politicians must ensure that, when the newspaper cuttings have faded, their sacrifice has had some meaning, has helped bring about a good result. Anything else would be a waste for which they will be eternally condemned.

There is invariably at least a 24 hour gap between the official release of news of an event and the naming of the dead. This is to allow families to be informed and proper eulogoies to be produced. Occasionally families request no euologies or comment. We abide by guidance we receive on such sensitive matters. We regret that information on those who sacrifice almost as much through grave injury is seldom released by the MoD for operational reasons, and so we are unable to pay tribute.

 

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