RAF College Cranwellgets new commandant

Friday 3.45pm - RAF COLLEGE Cranwell has welcomed its new commandant, Air Commodore Ashley Stevenson.

He will be Commandant of the Royal Air Force College and Director of Recruitment and Initial Training (Royal Air Force).

Air Cdre Stevenson has taken over from Air Cdre Rob Cunningham who has left to take up the post of Assistant Chief of Staff Manning at Air Command headquarters at RAF High Wycombe.

On taking up his post Air Cdre Stevenson said: "I am delighted to be taking over as Commandant of the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, particularly in this 90th year of the Royal Air Force; it is an honour and a privilege. Cranwell and its College are the spiritual home of the Royal Air Force, a service that owes so much of its proud history to the support of the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire."

Air Commodore Stevenson graduated from officer training in 1982, before conducting his flying training in the USA on the T-37 and T-38 and then on Hawk aircraft in the UK. After conversion to the Harrier, he conducted many tours in the UK, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands as well as staff college in Spain. Milestones in his early career include relocating 3 (Fighter) Squadron from RAF Laarbruch, Germany to its current home at RAF Cottesmore, as well as several periods of operational deployment to the Balkans region, and deployment aboard HMS Illustrious, where he led the first operational sortie of the newly formed Joint Force Harrier over Sierra Leone.

He became Station Commander of RAF Wittering in February 2005 and deployed to Afghanistan in June 2007 as Commander of Kandahar Airfield before taking up his latest post.

Together with his Danish wife, Charlotte, they have two children, Liam and Olivia. In his spare time Air Commodore Stevenson attempts to unwind playing golf and otherwise tries to find time for his motorcycle, photography, and reading history.