IT is all change at the top at RAF College Cranwell with the arrival of the new Commandant and Director of Recruitment and Initial Training, Air Commodore David Stubbs.
Air Cdre Stubbs first trained at Cranwell in 1981 and so he says it is a privilege and pleasure to return to the spiritual home of the RAF on taking command.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of running such a diverse and busy organisation and furthermore, with the forthcoming signing of the Armed Forces Military Covenant I hope to build on the already strong relationship Cranwell enjoys with the county.”
Air Cdre Stubbs took over from Air Cdre Paul Oborn who has moved to a new post as Assistant Chief of Staff Manning at HQ Air Command, RAF High Wycombe.
He did his Initial Officer Training at the college before going on to serve on a number of helicopter squadrons in various conventional and specialist roles in the UK, Northern Ireland and the Balkans operating the Puma, Chinook Mk 1 and 2, Gazelle and Merlin helicopters.
He has served in Belize and later commanded No 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron, charged with introducing the Merlin Mk3 helicopter into Royal Air Force service. More recently he commanded RAF Aldergrove as Commander of the Joint Helicopter Force (Northern Ireland) and was Senior Royal Air Force Officer for Northern Ireland.
Air Cdre Stubbs has also served in a number of staff roles including two tours in the Ministry of Defence in London. His most recent staff appointment in the Ministry of Defence was Head of Capability responsible for Special Projects, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Capability.
He is married to Kath and they have two children, Jack and Emily, who are both currently reading for degrees at university. He is nearing completion on a self-build ‘new home and enjoys sailing, cycling, cross country skiing and, occasionally, golf.
Also new in post at the RAF College is Gp Capt John Cunningham who replaces Gp Capt Dave Lee as Commanding Officer of No 3 Flying Training School. Gp Capt Dave Lee is heading to a new posting in Afghanistan and was given a flypast of nine Tutor aircraft. He said: “Bringing elementary flying training, University Air Squadrons, Air Cadet gliding, multi-engine pilot training and rear crew training together into a single organisation has been a challenge for us all, and that we have done so with such success is testament to the quality of our people.” It will now be the parent organisation for prospective pilots as young as 13 right through to advanced training.