Station Commander

Royal Air Force Fylingdales RAF Fylingdales Station Badge

Wg Cdr Whiteley Station Commander

Wing Commander

Darren Whiteley BSc (Hons) PGCE MA RAF

Our mission is “to provide an uninterrupted ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance service to the UK and US Governments".

Welcome to Royal Air Force Fylingdales. Our tasking from the Ministry of Defence, through Headquarters Air Command, splits into four jobs. Firstly we are charged with continuously providing warning of ballistic missile events to both Her Majesty’s Government (through the UK Missile Warning Centre at RAF High Wycombe) and the United States’ authorities (through the Missile and Space Domain, which is situated in the Cheyenne Mountains in Colorado). Secondly, the Station’s complementary mission is to support – on a non-interference basis with the warning mission – the United States’ developing Missile Defense System. The Station’s third job – and secondary mission – is to contribute to the Allied Space Surveillance Network, and this enables, fourthly, the Station to support UK forces worldwide through the Satellite Warning Service.

RAF Fylingdales also plays an important part in the community in our part of North Yorkshire. We are a significant employer in the area, providing technical and highly skilled employment opportunities for many local people. Personnel from our Ministry of Defence Police and Guard Service, and Defence Fire and Rescue Service, also provide routine support to the local emergency services in this remote part of the country. In addition, we also have the privilege and responsibility for managing, protecting and maintaining some 3000 acres of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park our part of which includes three Sites of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation; these exist to protect some eighty rare species of birds, animals and plants.

Station Commanders Intent

With a legacy stretching back over 50 years, RAF Fylingdales is respected both nationally and internationally for its unparalleled missile warning and space operations expertise. To preserve this reputation, my intent is to ensure that RAF Fylingdales performs its assigned missions to the highest possible standards [mission excellence]. This will require all personnel to strive for excellence in their respective areas and to understand how they contribute to the Station’s operational output [personal excellence]. In order to enable us to succeed in these areas, I intend to provide the necessary moral, spiritual and welfare support for all personnel and their families – even to those outside the RAF where it is within my gift to do so [welfare support]. I also intend to ensure sound leadership, empowerment and development at all levels in order to unlock the full potential of our people [leadership and development]. I will develop a working ethos founded on dignity, mutual respect and teamwork that recognises experience and expertise across the ‘Fylingdales Family’ [ethos]. Externally, and in coordination with HQ AIR, I intend to use the RAF Fylingdales ‘brand’ to draw-in, educate and inform key audiences, decision-makers and opinion-formers locally, nationally and internationally [engagement]. Lastly, I intend to take advantage of all that the RAF, the Station and the local area have to offer and I encourage all personnel to do the same.

Darren Whiteley BSc (Hons) PGCE MA RAF

Wing Commander

Station Commander

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