A Fintry woman who was the first civilian to work in the medical centre at the former RAF Leuchars air base has received the Imperial Service Medal.
Lesley Whitton, 60, was presented with the prestigious medal by the Air Officer of Scotland, Air Vice-Marshal Ross Patterson, at Leuchars.
A letter from the Queen thanking her for her service was also given to her at the presentation.
The Imperial Service Medal can be awarded to selected civil servants who complete at least 25 years of distinguished service.
Lesley started her career in 1987 as an admin centre worker with the Army Rifle Association in Aldershot.
She returned home to Dundee and moved to RAF Leuchars in 1994, initially working in the coding cell – which was involved in repairing jets – prior to becoming the first civilian to work in the medical centre in 1995.
The Army took control of the former air base on April 1 2015, and it was renamed Leuchars Station from which Lesley retired last year.
She said: “There were quite a few changes over the years.
“A number of the high-ranking officers at Leuchars now were just cadets at the time. The Imperial Service Order was established by King Edward VII in 1902 and is presented to staff upon retirement.
“Once I’d retired I was told I’d qualified for the Imperial Service Medal.”
Lesley was also offered an opportunity to fly in fighter jets while Leuchars was an air base, but she “didn’t fancy it”.
However, she added: “It was great to have worked there for that period of time – there was always something different happening.”