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New Year Honours list: More than 20 RAF service members honoured

One service member that will receive an MBE is Senior Aircraftwoman Shona Brownlee – the RAF's Sportswoman of the year.

More than 20 RAF servicemen and women have been named in the 2022 New Year Honours list.

The annual list recognises bravery, commitment and commendable service.

One member of the RAF set to receive an MBE is Senior Aircraftwoman Shona Brownlee, a musician in the Central Band of the RAF, based at RAF Northolt.

In 2012, during phase one training, SAC Brownlee suffered a serious lower limb injury resulting in an amputation below the knee.

This led to her getting involved with the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team (AFPST) and learning how to mono-ski.

Watch: RAF's first female navigator receives OBE at Windsor Castle in December.

Quickly, she moved from a novice to being an international competitor and, in 2019, became the number one ranked female mono-skier in Great Britain – she is now ranked ninth in the world.

SAC Brownlee's participation with the AFPST solo and team events in 2019 raised nearly £50,000 to support wounded, injured and sick serving and former military personnel.

In December, SAC Brownlee was named RAF Sportswoman of 2021.

Another member of the RAF that will receive an MBE is Master Aircrew James Fowler from 27 Squadron at RAF Odiham.

MAcr Fowler has served in the RAF for 22 years, but it is his philanthropic activities that have seen him stand out.

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As RAF Odiham Work Experience Team Leader over the last six years, he has regenerated the project and provided opportunities for more than 250 students, the Royal Air force said.

MAcr Fowler also volunteers for the Basingstoke Night Light Winter Homeless Shelter, working up to three nights a week at the shelter.

On top of this, he also supports Basingstoke Foodbank and, in the last two years, has organised the distribution of 23 tonnes of food and supplies between temporary operating sites.