The 20-year-old, from Newton-Le-Willows, graduated from basic training and won the Station Commander’s Cup, which is awarded to the recruit who displays the highest overall effort and determination.
Marching onto the parade square, Ryan was one of 50 new airmen to graduate in front of friends and family having completed nine weeks of intensive basic training at RAF Halton near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Ryan said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my training here at Recruit Training Squadron. I have learned so much and met so many people.
“The highlight of my time has been the Initial Force Protection Training, but I have benefited enormously from the physical training elements.
“I was overjoyed to have won this award, and I look forward now to starting the next stage of my professional training with the RAF.”
Ryan earned an A Level in Psychology and a BTEC in Public Service during his time at Priestley College.
Former Tutor Colin Whittaker said: “Ryan was a consistent student and going into the RAF was always his long-term aim. It is great to hear about him achieving his dream and doing so to such a high level.”
Ryan joined the RAF at the Royal Air Force Recruitment Office in Liverpool.
He will now move to RAF St Athan to start training as a technician.
Squadron Leader Joe Duhan, Officer Commanding Recruit Training Squadron, said: “Today is a proud day for Ryan, as well as his family.
“Achieving success in basic training requires mental, physical and emotional strength because the course is far from easy.
“A great sense of achievement is felt by all, including the instructors who help them towards their objective of graduating.
“Ryan is more than ready to start the next phase of his career, and build on what he has achieved already.
“The operational environment poses significant challenges and training our people optimally prepares them for these challenges.”
Story courtesy of the St Helens Star.