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Teach, Learn, Apply
The Station Crest features a set of arrows fronted by a propeller. The arrows were taken from the Rothschild coat of arms and are a tribute to the heritage of the estate. The propeller serves to signify the Air Force.
The primary role of RAF Halton is to train military and civilian personnel to perform to the highest standard for military operations.
RAF Halton has lodger units across a range of specialities from air activity to defence media operations.
RAF Halton is one of the largest RAF stations and home to approximately 2,100 personnel from all three armed services, foreign military, contractors, and civilians.
Group Captain Katherine Wilson took command of RAF Halton in September 2018 following an assignment at Headquarters Air Command as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff A1.
Group Captain Wilson joined the RAF in 1997, completing Officer Training and Admin (Secretarial) professional training. As a junior officer, she completed seven tours as well as an operational deployment to Afghanistan. Group Captain Wilson was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2008 and conducted three tours before promotion to Wing Commander and a further two before promotion to Group Captain in 2017. In 2011 she was awarded an MBE for her role as OC Personnel Management Squadron at RAF Lyneham, and an OBE in 2016 for her role as OC Base Support Wing at RAF Odiham.
RAF Halton, Wendover, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5PG.
The mission of Airmen’s Command Squadron is to encourage NCOs and WOs to realise and develop their potential in order to support the projection and delivery of Air Power. We aim to shape the professional development of airmen (both Regular and Reserve) in order that they are able to better support the delivery of success. All of the ACS Instructional staff are committed to establishing an educational environment that meets the learning needs of course members and is aligned with the principles of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. We aspire to be valued as a forward-looking ‘centre of excellence’.
To provide all recruits with a solid foundation in the basic attitudes, knowledge and skills in order to meet the rigors and demands of the modern Royal Air Force in delivering effective airpower.
Based at RAF Halton the Specialist Training Squadron, which is part of No 22 (Training) Group, provides training in Environmental Management, Health and Safety and Quality Management. The school is staffed by a dedicated team of specialists, all highly experienced in their respective fields. Training is offered in short, highly focused courses, ensuring that staff are not absent from the work place for longer than necessary. If sufficient personnel from one unit require training, including overseas, it can be delivered on-site. The Environmental Protection and Health and Safety areas provide courses accredited to the leading bodies in the respective fields.
DCTS has responsibility across the MoD for training instructors and is the authority on specialist training within Defence. It also supports the exploitation and application of learning technologies and eLearning. DCTS is responsible for training military instructors and managers, eLearning support services to the MoD and computer-based training production.
Force Development Training Centre (FDTC), home of the Joint Service Gliding Centre. Here we are responsible for delivering Adventurous Training and Force Development through the medium of Gliding, Mountain Biking, High Ropes and Force development opportunities.
FDTC Halton holds up to 25 gliding courses a year, at four different levels (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Instructor).
The Joint Information Activities Group (JIAG) is a small team of information, media, technical communications and intelligence specialists held at high readiness and frequently deployed. They can reach anywhere in the world at 12 hrs notice. Drawn from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force and comprising both Regular and Reserve staff, the team focuses upon shaping public perception of military activity to ensure strategic advantage.
Logistics Specialist Training Wing (LSTW) is part of the Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration (DCLPA).
It trains phase 2 and phase 3 logistics, supply and movements related courses for; logistics and engineering staff of varying ranks from all 3 services; international students; civilian grades; and defence industry partners.
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Douglas Intake, Flights 7 and 8, Graduated from Recruit Training Squadron this week after ten weeks of .........
Air Marshal Julian Young was the special guest this week as the Halton Aircraft Apprentices held ...................
Royal Air Force Halton personnel have supported numerous Remembrance Parades and services this weekend, with the provision..........
September 1913, Alfred de Rothschild invited the Army to use his land for summer manoeuvres. The soldiers were joined by No 3 Squadron RFC. On the outbreak of World War 1 Alfred offered his estate to Lord Kitchener for military training. By 1916, Halton was covered in tents and huts accommodating some 20,000 troops.
In 1917 there was an expansion of technical training in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), and Halton became the main training unit for aircraft mechanics. Permanent workshops were constructed to house the RFC's many trades. The population expanded and by the end of 1917 some 14,000 air mechanics were trained. At the end of the war, November 1918 the station had under training 6000 airmen mechanics, 2000 women, and 2000 boys at a Boys Training Depot, all supported by 1,700 instructors.
On Rothschild’s death in January 1918, his nephew Lionel inherited Halton House and its lands. The Air Board purchased the estate for the Royal Air Force which had been formed on 1 April combining the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Fortunately, Lionel was a willing seller and the estate was purchased by the War Office in 1919 for £112,000.
The end of World War One, Trenchard’s vision of a permanent RAF was published in a memorandum endorsed by Winston Churchill, the Secretary of State for Air, December 1919. Trenchard believed that the only way to recruit high quality mechanics for the Service was to train them internally. His vision was the recruitment of well-educated boys aged 15 and 16 who could absorb the technical training.
The first Entry of 500 boys arrived in January 1922 to the school now named No 1 School of Technical Training. Trenchard’s ex-apprentices went on to form 40% of the RAF’s ground crew and 60% of its skilled tradesmen.
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