Gemma’s RAF career is on course for her to be tracking events in space


Pilot Officer Gemma Crook is flying high having graduated from the Royal Air Force College at Royal Air Force College Cranwell on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

Gemma aged 25 from Bedford, attended Bedford Girls’ School before graduating from Warwick University with a BA(Hons) in Philosophy with Psychology.

Gemma has commissioned as an Air Operations (Systems) Officer and will now begin the next stage of her training at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.

Pilot Officer Crook’s future role as an Air Operations (Systems) Officer is incredibly diverse, involving the identification of all aircraft flying over the UK and monitoring suspicious air activity to running airfield operations in a central operations room, ensuring that all flying programmes run smoothly and on time, planning logistics in advance. 

Her new role could also see Gemma tracking events happening in space.

Pilot Officer Crook said: “I began my career in the Royal Air Force on Modularised Initial Officer Training Course Number 1, a brand new course with staff and students adapting to the new model and dealing with COVID restrictions on top of that. Though there were ups and downs, we really made the most of the graduation we had and it was an amazing day. 

“Unfortunately the seasonal weather meant a shorter parade, however it was a huge honour to march into the front doors of College Hall Officers’ Mess and I feel incredibly proud of what we have all achieved. I am looking forward to where my career will take me next.”