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Wing Commander MICHAEL D.C. FONFÉ MBE, RAF (Retd.) was born in Africa in 1945. He married Christina King in 1967 and is the proud father of four children and ten grandchildren. He was awarded the Sword of Honour when he graduated from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He was also Instructor-in-Gunnery graduate of Royal School of Artillery. Fonfé served for thirty-six years in the RAF Regiment as infantryman, parachutist, anti-aircraft gunner, guided missile specialist, senior staff officer and adjudicator. Mike Fonfé undertook tours in Aden, Bahrein, Malta, Belize, Canada, Germany, New Mexico and South Africa. He retired in 2000 to build an African thatched hut in his English country garden. Mike now divides time between family members in the UK, Germany and Australia. He is also the first Gold Medal recipient as well as Honorary Life Member of the Oerlikon Alumni, Switzerland.