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Other Establishments - Officer and Staff Colleges


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This section lists those establishments which have existed in roughly the same form throughout their history and have had Commandants of Air Rank  It includes pure RAF units and Joint Service units, having established posts for RAF Air Officers  For continuity periods when the Commandant's post was lower than Air Commodore, the post holder was non GD or a Naval/Army officer held the post, have also been included  Naval, Army and non-GD RAF officers or officers who did not ultimately attain Air Rank are shown in italics

RAF College

This was formed on 1 November 1919 as The Cadet College at Cranwell.  Its task was to train Flight Cadets who, if graduating successfully, would be appointed to Permanent Commissions in the RAF.   On 23 December 1919 it was redesignated the RAF (Cadet) College and on 5 February 1920 was raised to Command status    The title (Cadet) was dropped on 1 February 1929 and was reduced to Group status within Training Command on 9 July 1936.  Control was transferred to No 28 Group on 1 December 1938 and in September 1939 the flying element was redesignated RAF College SFTS.  When Training Command was split into Flying Training and Technical Training Commands on 27 May 1940 it was transferred to the former and on 20 March 1944 it was designated No 17 Service Flying Training School.

It reopened as the RAF College on 16 October 1946 and resumed the training of Flight Cadets as it had done before WW2, but over the subsequent years the syllabus was constantly revised.  On 1 January 1966 the RAF Technical College from Henlow was absorbed bring the training of Engineering and General Duties officers to the same location.  With the disbandment of Flying Training and Technical Training Commands the College reverted to the control of Training Command on 1 June 1968 and then RAF Support Command on 13 June 1973 on the disbandment of Training Command.  However, the training of Flight Cadets ended in 1970 after which all students passing through the College had first to graduate from a civilian university and from 1978 all officer training moved to the College.  On 3 August 1979 the RAF College Support Unit was formed and on 1 February 1989 the flying element was redesignated No 3 Flying Training School.  It was transferred to the control of Personnel and Training Command on 1 April 1994 and then to Air Command on 1 April 2007.  It remains the RAF's only officer training establishment to the present time (2017).

1920 - 1936 Commandant was the same as AOC, RAF Cranwell (See Command section)

Listings of officers serving in this establishment (1920-1939) are available in the Members' Area

3 Dec 1934:               A/Cdre-AVM H M Cave-Browne-Cave

21 Dec 1936:             AVM J E A Baldwin

15 Aug 1939:             A/Cdre D Harries?

xx xxx xxxx:                A/Cdre R Halley  ??

xx xxx 1945               A/Cdre W E G Bryant

12 Oct 1946              A/Cdre R L R Atcherley

 1 Jan 1949                A/Cdre G R Beamish

31 Jul 1950                A/Cdre L F Sinclair

25 Aug 1952              A/Cdre H Eeles

16 Apr 1956              A/Cdre T A B Parselle

26 Aug 1958              A/Cdre D F Spotswood

16 Apr 1961              A/Cdre E D McK Nelson

21 Aug 1963              A/Cdre M D Lyne

28 Dec 1964              A/Cdre-AVM I D N Lawson

 1 Feb 1967               AVM T N Stack

 9 Mar 1970               AVM F D Hughes

23 Sep 1972               AVM R D Austen-Smith

 9 Jul 1975                  AVM W E Colahan

28 Jan 1978                AVM D Harcourt-Smith

 9 Jan 1980                 AVM  B Brownlow

31 Jan 1982                AVM R C F Peirse

18 Jan 1985                AVM E H Macey

17 Jul 1987                 AVM R H Wood

 8 Dec 1989                AVM R M Austin

21 Feb 1992               AVM D Cousins

 7 Oct 1994                AVM A J Stables

22 Jan 1997                AVM J H Thompson

30 Jul 1998                 AVM T W Rimmer

21 Jul 2000                 AVM H G Mackay

27 Jun 2002                AVM A J Smith

 3 Dec 2003                A/Cdre M C Barter

 5 Dec 2005                A/Cdre R B Cunningham

xx Apr 2008                A/Cdre A D Stevenson

xx xxx 2010:                A/Cdre D J Stubbs

 6 Dec 2013:                A/Cdre C J Luck

xx Aug 2016                A/Cdre P J M Squires

Standards
1st - 6 July 1948

HM King George VI

2nd - 25 July 1960

HM Queen Elizabeth II

3rd - 30 May 1975

HM Queen Elizabeth II

4th - 27 July 1989

HM Queen Elizabeth II

5th - 24 July 2001

HRH The Prince of Wales

 

 

RAF Staff College, Andover

This was formed on 1 April 1922 at Weyhill, near Andover within Inland Area, to provide staff training to selected officers, usually of Flight Lieutenant or Squadron Leader rank to enable them to undertake staff officer duties at the Air ministry or Command/Group HQs.   It was closed the day that war was declared, 3 September 1939 but in November, shortened courses were started again, however the College was placed under Care and Maintenance on 28 May 1940.  

The Staff College re-opened at Bulstrode Park, Gerrard's Cross under the control of No 27 Group in 10 October 1941.   On 23 July 1945 the Staff College relocated to Bracknell but a smaller Staff College was retained at Bulstrode Park for the training of allied and foreign staff officers, this unit returning to Andover on  3 February 1948.   It was transferred to No 62 Group on 8 February 1950 and then raised to Group status within Training Command on 1 June 1968, eventually being absorbed into the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1970  

Listings of officers serving in this establishment (1920-1939) are available in the Members' Area

1 Apr 1922:             AVM H R M Brooke-Popham

28 Mar 1926:           A/Cdre E R Ludlow Hewitt

7 Sep 1930:              A/Cdre P B Joubert de la Ferte

12 Dec 1933:            AVM W R Freeman

1 Jan 1936:               AM Sir Arthur Barratt

xx xxx 1939:

28 May 1940            Placed on Care and Maintenance

26 Jul 1948               A/Cdre L W Cannon

xx xxx 1949              A/Cdre J N T Stephenson

31 Mar 1952            A/Cdre W G Cheshire

25 Apr 1953             A/Cdre G P Chamberlain

 1 May 1954             A/Cdre D W Lane

21 Apr 1958             A/Cdre E D McK Nelson

 3 Oct 1960              A/Cdre N C Hyde

24 Sep 1962             A/Cdre C V D Willis

 3 Mar 1965              A/Cdre W D Hodgkinson

 7 Mar 1966              A/Cdre P O V Green

 7 Oct 1968               A/Cdre J A G Jackson  

RAF Staff College, Bulstrode Park

The Staff College re-opened at Bulstrode Park, Gerrard's Cross under the control of No 27 Group in 10 October 1941.   On 23 July 1945 the Staff College relocated to Bracknell but a smaller Staff College was retained at Bulstrode Park for the training of allied and foreign staff officers, this unit returning to Andover on  3 February 1948.

12 Dec 1941              AVM B E Sutton

xx Sep 1942               AVM R M Hill

xx Jul 1943                 A/Cdre A H Cobby RAAF

xx xxx 1943                AVM C E H Medhurst

xx Dec 1944               AVM R Graham

xx Jul 1945                 A/Cdre F J W Mellersh 

2 Jan 1947                  A/Cdre D A Boyle

xx xxx 1947                A/Cdre A W B McDonald

 

RAF Staff College, Bracknell

The major part of the Staff College at Bulstrode Park was re-located to Bracknell in July 1945 to continue the training of staff officers for the RAF.   It was transferred to Reserve Command on 1 May 1946 and to Home Command on 1 August 1950   Training Command took control of the College on 1 June 1968 and RAF Support Command on 13 June 1973, then finally on 1 April 1994 control was transferred to Personnel and Training Command but it was disbanded by being absorbed into the Joint Services Command and Staff College on 1 January 1997.

xx Jul 1945                 AVM R Graham

xx Dec 1945:              AVM A P M Sanders

xx xxx 1947                AVM T M Williams

 1 Jan 1949                 AVM J D I Hardman

18 Jun 1951                AVM A D Gillmore

xx xxx 1953                AVM D Macfadyen

xx Apr 1956                AVM D F Barnett

  1 Aug 1956               AVM R Faville

 1 Jan 1957                 AVM S C Elworthy

 1 Dec 1959                AVM M L Heath

 1 Jan 1962                 AVM D J P Lee

 1 Jan 1965                 AVM T W Piper

 1 Jun 1966                 AVM D C Stapleton*

22 Apr 1968               AVM N M Maynard*

27 Sep 1970               AVM M J Beetham*

 2Oct 1972                 AVM A McK S Steedman*

16 Aug 1975               AVM K A Williamson*

23 Feb 1977               AVM J B Curtiss*

27 Feb 1980               AVM M Beavis*

21 Apr 1981               AVM D Parry-Evans*

29 Jan 1983                AVM A G Skingsley*

29 Sep 1984               AVM G A White*

 9 Feb 1987                AVM D T Bryant*

 6 Jan 1989                 AVM A F C Hunter*

 8 Aug 1990                AVM R G Peters**

 5 May 1993               AVM M P Donaldson

15 Jan 1996                AVM M Van Der Veen

*Also held post of AOC, Command and Staff Training  

**Continued as AOC, Command and Staff Training  

 

RAF Wing, Middle East Staff School

The Middle East Staff School was formed by the British Army at Haifa on 15 February 1940.   By January 1942 there had been 5 courses held and three of these each included a single RAF officer.  For Course No 6 a separate Wing was established for RAF students, although they and the Army colleagues still carried out joint lectures and syndicates at times.   The school changed its name to Middle East Staff College between April and June 1943  (Dates shown are the start dates for courses, officers may have been in post earlier then this)

31 Jan 1942                           Wg Cdr B C Yarde

13 Jun 1942                           Gp Capt E R E Black

28 Dec 1942                          Gp Capt S B Harris

 

RAF Wing, Middle East Staff College

This was formed between April and June 1943 by renaming the Middle East Staff School, the RAF Wing remaining under Army control,  The RAF Wing was redesignated RAF Staff College (Overseas) on 1 September 1944.  (Dates shown are the start dates for courses, officers may have been in post earlier then this)

xx xxx 1943                          Gp Capt S B Harris

26 Jun 1943                           Gp Capt S H C Gray

 

RAF Staff College (Overseas)

This was formed on 1 September 1944 from the RAF Wing of the Middle East Staff College, administered by AHQ Levant and under the operational control of HQ Middle East Command.   The College closed on 5 October 1946 at the end of Course No 16  (Dates shown are the start dates for courses, officers may have been in post earlier then this)

 1 Sep 1944                           A/Cdre S H C Gray

 9 Aug 1945                           A/Cdre A G Adnams

The three entries above have been prepared using materials supplied by Gp Capt D J Read MA AMIBM RAF (Rtd)

 

Joint Services Staff College

 This was formed on 15 January 1947 at Latimer House, Chesham, its role being to train officers already qualified as staff officers in their own service for staff work in joint or combined HQs.   Its students would usually be of Commander, Lieutenant Colonel and Wing Commander rank and it was renamed National Defence College on 7 August 1971  

15 Jan 1947                R-Adm C E Douglas-Pennant

xx xxx xxxx                 Maj-Gen W H Stratton

26 Oct 1951                AVM L Darvall

xx Nov 1953               Rear -Adm W K Edden RN

 1 Mar 1956                Maj-Gen P N White

xx xxx 1958                 AVM Sir Laurence Sinclair

xx xxx 1960                 A/Cdre W Carter

 1 Oct 1962                 Maj-Gen C M F Deakin               

 5 Jul 1965                   AVM S W B Menaul

2 Sep 1970                  Maj-Gen T D H McMeekin

 

National Defence College

This was formed on 7 August 1971 by renaming the Joint Services Staff College and was renamed Joint Services Defence College in 1983

 6 Aug 1971                Maj-Gen T D H McMeekin

 3 Nov 1972                AVM F B Sowrey

21 Jul 1975                  R-Adm D A Loram

21 Jul 1977:                  Maj-Gen A C Bate

31 Dec 1979                AVM F D G Clark

xx Sep 1981                 R-Adm D C Jenkin

Joint Services Defence College

This was formed in 1983 by renaming the National Defence College, being absorbed into the Joint Services Command and Staff College on 1 January 1997.

xx xxx xxxx

 4 Apr 1986                AVM B H Newton

14 Apr 1988

 

21 Apr 1992                AVM R P O'Brien

31 Mar 1994                Rear-Adm N J Wilkinson  

Joint Services Command and Staff College  

Joint Services Command and Staff College badgeThis was formed on 1 January 1997 at Latimer House, Chesham to replace individual Staff Colleges for each service.

 

 

 

 

1 Jan 1997                Rear-Adm N J Wilkinson RN?

1 Sep 1997               Maj-Gen T J Granville-Chapman

4 Jan 2000                AVM B K Burridge

28 Jan 2002              Rear-Adm R Lippett

3 Mar 2003               Maj-Gen John McColl

 1 Mar 2004              Maj-Gen N R Parker

xx Jul 2005                AVM N D A Maddox

xx Jul 2007                Rear-Adm N Morisetti

xx xxx xxxx                Maj-Gen G J Binns

xx Jul 2010                AVM R Lock

 Assistant Commandants (Air)

 1 Apr 1997                A/Cdre M G F White

12 Jan 1999                A/Cdre A D Sweetman

 3 Sep 2001                A/Cdre A P N Lambert

12 May 2003              A/Cdre I A Milne

31 May 2005              A/Cdre M J Harwood

Imperial Defence College

Royal College of defence Studies armsThis was formed on 1 September 1926 to run advanced staff courses for senior officers from all Imperial forces and senior civil servants.  The first course began in January 1927 and it was disbanded into RCDS on 1 December 1970.

Listings of officers serving in this establishment (1920-1939) are available in the Members' Area

1 Sep 1926:          V-Adm Sir Herbert Richmond

xx Jan 1929:          Maj-Gen W H Bartholomew     

19 Jan 1931:         AM Sir Robert Brooke-Popham

19 Jan 1933:         V-Adm/Adm Sir Lionel Preston

15 Jan 1935:         Maj-Gen R H Haining

1 Sep 1936:          AM Sir Arthur Longmore

 1 Jan 1939           V-Adm T H Binney

xx Dec 1945:        Gen Sir William Slim

 1 Jan 1948:          ACM Sir John Slessor

19 Sep 1949:        V-Adm Sir Charles Daniel

 1 Jan 1952:          Gen Sir Frank Simpson

 1 Jan 1954:          ACM Sir Arthur Sanders

 1 Jan1956:           Adm Sir Guy Russell

 1 Jan 1958:          Gen Sir William Oliver

 6 Jan 1958:          Gen Sir Geoffrey Bourne

xx xxx 1961:         Sir Robert Scott

25 Sep 1961:        ACM Sir Hugh Constantine

28 Jun 1964:         Adm Sir Deric Holland-Martin

 4 Jan 1966:          Gen Sir John Anderson

 8 Jan 1968:         ACM Sir Donald Evans

xx xxx 1970:          Mr Alastair Buchan

Senior RAF Directing Staff

27 Jul 1932:                Gp Capt W S Douglas

14 Jan 1936:               A/Cdre C F A Portal

3 Aug 1937:                A/Cdre D G Donald

xx xxx 1946                AVM H P Lloyd

xx xxx 1948                AVM R Ivelaw-Chapman

xx xxx 1950                AVM W Dawson

xx xxx 1952                AVM C B R Pelly

xx xxx 1954                AVM T N McEvoy

24 Feb 1956               AVM E C Hudleston

xx xxx 1957                AVM W G Cheshire 

 1 Mar 1959               AVM J G W Weston

xx xxx 1961                AVM P T Philpott

31 Jul 1963                AVM E G Jones

23 Jul 1965                AVM S B Grant

 8 Jan 1968                AVM M D Lyne

1 Jan 1970                 AVM C M Clementi

 

Royal College of Defence Studies

This was formed on 1 December 1970 by renaming the Imperial Defence College.

xx xxx xxxx:              Mr Alastair Buchan

14 Jan 1972              Gen Sir Mervyn Butler  

19 Jan 1973              Gen Sir Antony Read

 7 Jan 1974               ACM Sir John Barraclough

13 Jan 1976               V-Adm Sir Ian Easton

 9 Jan 1978               Gen Sir David Fraser

 7 Jan 1980               ACM Sir Robert Freer

 6 Jan 1982               V-Adm Sir William Pillar

xx Jan 1984              Gen Sir Michael Gow

 6 Jan 1986               V-Adm Sir David Halifax

 4 Jan 1988               ACM Sir Michael Armitage  

 3 Jan 1990               Lt-Gen Sir Antony Walker

xx xxx 1992              ?

1 Apr 1994               AM Sir Timothy Garden

20 Dec 1995             Lt-Gen S C Grant

15 Aug 1998             V-Adm J H S McAnally RN  

 3 Jan 2001               Lt-Gen Sir Christopher Wallace

xx xxx 2003

20 Jan 2005              Adm Sir Ian Garnett

Senior RAF Directing Staff

 1 Jan 1970                AVM C M Clementi

14 Jan 1972                AVM J C T Downey

31 Jan 1974                AVM R P Harding

10 Jan 1976                AVM N E Hoad

 3 Jan 1978                 AVM W J Herrington

12 Jan 1980                AVM M J Armitage

19 Dec 1981               AVM J B Duxbury

17 Dec 1982               AVM L W Phipps

10 Jan 1984                AVM B H Newton

28 Feb 1986               AVM J F H Tetley

 5 Jan 1987                AVM M K Adams

 1 Jan 1989                AVM C E Evans

 1 Jan 1992                AVM W McC Rae

 3 Jan 1995                AVM P Dodworth

1 Jul 1996                  AVM P J Goddard

 7 Jan 1998                AVM K D Filbey

17 Dec 1999              AVM P W Roser

10 Apr 2003              AVM D C Couzens 

 2 Jan 2005                AVM S Chisnall

25 Mar 2008             AVM A G Walton

xx Jul 2009                AVM B L Bates

xx Mar 2012             AVM M J Harwood

 

Defence Academy of the UK

The following has been taken directly from the MOD website: -

"The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom formed on 1 April 2002 under the Directorship of Sir Roger Jackling  The Defence Academy is to be a national and international centre of excellence, providing civilian and military personnel with a high-quality education, primarily at post-graduate level, and conducting research in fields related to defence  It has brought together the following organizations:

 
It is intended that the Defence Academy will exert an increasing influence with national and international military and academic institutions and will provide a focus for the research effort of the existing Colleges in support of defence objectives, including the development of policy and doctrine by the Policy Director and the Joint Doctrine and Concepts Centre which will remain co-located at Shrivenham but not under command of the Academy " ©Crown Copyright

xx xxx xxxx                Sir Roger Jackling

xx May 2005            Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely

Defence Leadership Centre

"The Defence Leadership Centre (DLC), part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, exists to improve the quality of leadership throughout Defence

As such, the Centre has two primary roles  Firstly, it acts as the Ministry of Defence departmental focus - both inward and outward looking - for policy and best practice on leadership

Secondly, it works with the Service and civilian personnel authorities to address leadership issues, particularly in the strategic environment, within the Ministry of Defence " ©Crown Copyright

xx xxx xxxx:             A/Cdre D H Anderson

27 Sep 2004            A/Cdre P W Gray

 

Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering

"The Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering (DCAE) was established on 1 April 2004 as a result of the Defence Training Review (DTR) and is an important step in the migration to a partnered solution for Defence Training

The principal task of the DCAE is to provide a high quality, relevant and up-to-date aeronautical engineering (AE) training to fulfill the needs of tomorrow's front line  To that end, the College is exploiting the opportunity to combine the best aspects of the Services' current AE training; such refinement will contribute to the development of Defence Aeronautical Training for the future  Concurrently, the DCAE is supporting the development of a partnered solution for Defence Training  

Comprised of training establishments across 5 sites, the DCAE embraces the AE and survival equipment elements of RN training at HMS Sultan (Gosport), the REME School of Electronic and Aeronautical Engineering at Arborfield, the RAF No 1 School of Technical Training at Cosford, specialist RAF Engineering Officer Training at Cranwell and the RAF`s Painter and Finisher training at St Athan   Although the DCAE is a federation of military units, it is first and foremost a cost-effective business  For example, Cosford was one of the first Defence College sites to become fully accredited to an ISO 9000-2000 quality assurance system and it has now embarked on substantial business initiatives to secure International Defence Training contracts " ©Crown Copyright

1 Apr 2004                        A/Cdre S Sims

xx xxx 2006                       A/Cdre N W Gammon

xx xxx xxxx                        A/Cdre C H Green

 1 Jul 2011                         Gp Capt J B Johnson

xx Mar 2013                      Gp Capt A M Sansom

xx Jul 2015                        Gp Capt M Hunt

xx Jul 2017:                        Gp Capt A J Baker

 

Defence College of Communications and Information Systems

"Formed on 1 April 2004, the Defence College of Communications and Information Systems is one of 6 Defence Training Establishments designed to deliver more coherent, efficient and cost effective training across defence 

The College consists of a Headquarters based at Blandford Camp, the Royal Navy CIS Training Unit at HMS Collingwood, the Royal School of Signals at Blandford Camp and Number 1 Radio School at DCAE Cosford of which the Aerial Erector School at RAF Digby is a part  The separate schools currently deliver a wide range of Service specific and generic CIS  As a result of the Defence Training Review plans will be made to co-locate these elements and enter into a commercial partnership with an industrial consortium, which should see the delivery of the first genuine 'Defence', rather than single-Service, training courses  Central to the College's vision is the concept of training development on a joint basis for which, a team has been incorporated into the Headquarters " ©Crown Copyright

 

RAF Chaplains’ School (Church of England)

It was officially established on 19 November 1943 as a lodger unit to the RAF No 2 Initial Training Wing, Cambridge  It was accommodated at Magdalene College  It soon developed two basic programs: the Moral Leadership Course (which originally had been held in other venues for both officers and airmen) and the Chaplains’ Course  An additional course for chaplains called simply “Chaplains Special Course (second series)” was introduced in August 1944  Originally the officer in charge of the RAF Chaplains School held the title of Commandant, with Principal being a separate position occupied by a civilian clergy member  These two positions would be combined in 1951 with a RAF Chaplain continuing as head  In February 1945, the School was relocated to Dowdeswell Court, near Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire  In December 1961 the school was relocated to its current location at Amport House, in Hampshire  Since 1996, it has operated as the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Training Centre, providing chaplains training and instruction in ‘soft skills’ for all three branches of the British military.

19 Nov 1943                 Rev (Wg Cdr) C J F Gilmore

25 Feb 1946                                        F N Towndrow

xx Feb 1947                                         S W Betts

xx Aug 1947                                        R N Shapley

xx Nov 1927                                        F W Cocks

xx xx 1950                                           G W N  Groves

xx xx 1952                                           N F Porter

xx xx 1954                                           T Hankin

xx xx 1956                                           E W Ainsworth

xx xx 1959                                           J N Keeling

xx xx 1960                                           C E Moxley

xx xx 1964                                           W E G  Payton

xx xx 1965                                           W A Thomas

xx xx 1966                                           T R Quin

xx xx 1969                                           R McLeod

xx xx 1973                                           E A C  Cannan

xx xx 1974                                           O H Owen

xx xx 1977                                           L V Henry

xx xx 1979                                           H J Stuart

xx xx 1980                                           R C Hubble

xx xx 1982                                           T I Wilson

xx xx 1985                                           J E Daimond

xx xx 1988                                           G B McEvoy

xx xxx 1991                                         A P Bishop

xx xxx 1993                                         P R Turner

xx xxx 1995                                         I M Thomas

xx xxx 1996                      Rev (Capt) B K Hammett RN

xx xxx 2000                      Rev (Col) P J Howson CF

xx xxx 2002                      Rev (Gp Capt) T R Lee

xx xxx 2005                      Rev (Capt) D Barlow RN

xx xxx 2008                      Rev (Col) D G Coulter CF

xx xx 2011                        Rev (Gp Capt) G  Craig

11 June 2012                    Rev (Gp Capt) A Bissell

The above entry was provided by Bruce R Johnson D.Min

This page was last updated on 04/11/17

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