Worshipful Company of Distillers Trophy – Awarded to 603 Squadron

I am delighted to confirm that on a very cold January evening on the 22nd I attended a training day for 603 Squadron at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh and was finally able to present the belated 2019 Masters Cask bottle to Corporal (now Acting Sergeant) Daniel Blake.

Acting Sergeant Daniel Blake receives his bottle of Master’s Cask

The Worshipful Company of Distillers Trophy is awarded annually to the member of 603 Squadron deemed to have made the most positive contribution to the unit through their dedication and positive attitude over the past year.

The Winner for 2021:
Lance Corporal Phil Heaps

His citation follows.

LCpl Heaps has continued his commitment to the Sqn and the wider Defence, both at home abroad during 2021.

Coming off the back of Op RESCRIPT in 2020, LCpl Heaps volunteered to mobilise and eventually deployed for 5 months on Op BILOXI in Romania back in April.

Whilst in Romania, he was part of the detachment responsible for providing essential FP to the RAF Typhoons conducting the Air Policing mission for NATO’s eastern flank. Although having to return home for a family emergency, he showed his personal strength and returned to Romania a few days later to complete his deployment – a great example selfless service person.

Although just returning from Romania in September, LCpl Heaps answered the call and mobilised yet again in November 2021 and joined Op RESCRIPT for the second time. This time, he helped to support the Scottish Ambulance Service mobile testing in Central Scotland. This was Heaps’ 5th mobilisation in as many years and proves the commitment and loyalty he brings to the Sqn.

Lance Corporal Phil Heaps received the 2021 WCD Trophy and a bottle of the Master’s Cask

Matthew Gammell