It’s all change at 2 Flying Training School as Gp Capt Baz Dale takes over as the new Commandant.
Baz, a former RAF Tornado pilot with extensive experience overseas will now head up the RAF Air Cadets’ gliding fleet and 10 Volunteer Gliding Squadrons across the UK.
He said: “I am honoured to have taken over as Commandant of 2 Flying Training School and offer my sincere thanks to Gp Capt Euge Moriarty for his excellent leadership over the past few months. This is an exciting time for RAF Air Cadet Gliding. I look forward to the full support of the operations, engineering and support teams in the coming years to ensure a safe and positive increase in our gliding capability.”
Gp Capt Moriarty said: “It has been a privilege to lead 2FTS over these last four months. I wish Gp Capt Dale the very best of luck as he takes command.”
Gp Capt Moriarty was the caretaker Commandant as the previous Commandant 2FTS, Gp Capt John Middleton retired in November 2018 after five years in post.
Gp Capt Dale brings with him extensive experience as a pilot and director.
He had four tours as a Tornado GR1 & GR4 (Ground attack/Reconnaissance) Pilot and Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), flying on 12 (Bomber), 617 (The Dambusters), and XV (Operational Conversion Unit) Squadrons and he flew 63 sorties over Iraq on Op WARDEN, Op JURAL, and Op RESINATE, and was a Central Flying School Accredited Instructor and Command IRE on the Tornado GR OCU.
On operations away from flying Tornados, Baz was the first Tornado GR Liaison Officer to base at the Combined Air Operations Centre, Riyadh, in 1998. From April to August 2002, as a Mission Air Director & Director of Operations on the Ground (MADDOG), at Incirlik Airbase Turkey, Baz was the airborne representative of the US Air Force Combined Air Forces’ Component Commander while directing operations from an E3 Sentry AWACS - he was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for his performance on this tour.
From April to October 2011, Baz was the first Wing Commander to embed with the US Marine Corps (at Camp Leatherneck, Bastion Airfield) as a Senior Watch Officer in the 2nd Marine Air Wing (Forward) Tactical Air Command Centre – commanding air and aviation in Regional Command South-West. During this demanding tour, he successfully directed over 700 urgent MEDEVACs (life, limb and/or eyesight within the ‘Golden Hour’), and over 400 Close Air Support requests.
From 2012 to 2014, Baz commanded 72 Squadron, training the next generation of fast-jet pilots, at RAF Linton-on-Ouse; he was the supervising officer for the Tucano Air Display over two very successful seasons. Baz has also been an Air Experience Pilot for the RAF Air Cadets since 2008, flying with 4 AEF (Glasgow), 6 AEF (RAF Benson) and 9 AEF (RAF Linton-on-Ouse), both as a regular and, most recently, as a VR(T) pilot.
Baz undertook several staff appointments within HQ Air Command and MOD Head Office during his career, including: the Directorate of Targeting & Information Operations; Personal Staff Officer to the Commander in Chief Air Command; Global Strategic Trends, in the Development Concepts & Doctrine Centre; Supervising Officer in Air Manning; and in the Carrier Enabled Power Projection Programme Office - bringing the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and F-35 Lightning II aircraft into service.
On retirement from regular RAF service, in 2017, Baz became the Director Scotland, Northern Ireland & North East England for the RAF Benevolent Fund - the leading welfare charity for the RAF. Baz enjoyed developing a network of contacts and supporters across his area of responsibility with other military charities, corporate partners and individuals who have an interest in supporting the welfare of the RAF Family.
Baz, who was a CCF cadet and is a law post-graduate said: “I am honoured to assume command of 2 FTS, and I greatly look forward to building the gliding capability for the benefit of the RAF Air Cadets and other endorsed programmes.”