After 18 grueling months of training around the globe, Prince Harry has officially earned the right to protect his country in air combat for the Royal Army.
Formerly titled as a British Army Air Corps captain, the prince officially became a fully-operational Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot following a ceremonial dinner today at the RAF Wattisham Royal Air Force station in Suffolk, England.
Additionally, Harry was awarded the prestigious honor of "best Co-Pilot Gunner" in the ceremony presided by Air Force Commander Colonel Neale Moss. The award, a polished 30 mm round from an Apache cannon mounted on a stand, is only the second ever to have been handed out to an officer.
The Prince, who has now attained Limited Combat Ready status, will be assigned to 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps within 16 Air Assault Brigade, where he will spend time gaining experience flying as part of a Squadron executing various pre-deployment training exercises.