II (AC) Squadron
Welcome to Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron
The oldest fixed-wing flying squadron in the world. Since its formation in 1912, the Squadron has lived-up to its informal motto of 'Second to None'. Its many achievements include the first use of airborne cameras in 1914, the award of the first air Victoria Cross in 1915 and the first pictures of the D-Day landings in 1944. Today the Squadron remains a key part of the RAF's front-line, maintaining the capability to conduct reconnaissance and attack operations where ever and when ever required.
Officer Commanding II (AC) Squadron - Biography
WING COMMANDER J HOLMES MA RAF
OFFICER COMMANDING NO. II (ARMY COOPERATION) SQUADRON
Wing Commander Jez Holmes joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 1994. On completion of fast jet training he was posted to the Tri-nation Tornado Training Establishment at Cottesmore to begin conversion to the Tornado GR1 which he completed with XV(R) Squadron at Lossiemouth in 1999.
His first tour was with 617 Squadron, with whom twice deployed Kuwait on Operation RESINATE SOUTH to police the southern no-fly zone over Iraq, in addition to deploying on exercise to Canada, Oman, Cyprus,Belgium and the USA. In 2002 he was posted back to XV(R) Squadron as an Instructor, where he completed the Qualified Weapons Instructor Course.
In 2003 he was posted to IX(B) Squadron at Marham as the Qualified Weapon Instructor pilot, completing a further two operational deployments, this time on Operation TELIC over Iraq together with deployments on exercises in Cyprus, the USA, Canada and France. On promotion in 2006 he was posted to II (AC) Squadron at Marham to complete a Flight Commander tour this including a further two operational deployments on Operation TELIC, in addition to deployments on exercises in the USA and the Czech Republic.
In 2008, Jez was posted to Air Command as Personal Staff Officer to the Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations before being promoted to Wing Commander in 2010. He subsequently successfully completed the Advanced Command and Staff Course at the United Kingdom Defence Academy where he gained an MA in Defence Studies from King’s College London. This was followed by a posting to Capability Deep Target Attack in the Ministry of Defence, where he held the role of Assistant Head of Weapons. He took Command of II (Army Cooperation) Squadron in January 2013.
Wing Commander Holmes is married with three sons, and he enjoys shooting, motorcycling and occasional visits to the golf course.