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Michael Graydon
Air Chief Marshal
Air Chief Marshal
SIR MICHAEL JAMES GRAYDON, GCB , CBE (born 24 October 1938) is a retired Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) officer. He was a fast jet pilot in the 1960s, a squadron commander in the 1970s and a station commander in the 1980s before serving as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Strike Command during the Gulf War
Gulf War
. He was Chief of the Air Staff from 1992 to 1997 in which role he advised the British Government on the implementation of No Fly Zones in Iraq
Iraq
and Bosnia and implemented the Front Line First initiative
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Squadron Leader
SQUADRON LEADER (SQN LDR in the RAF and PAF ; SQNLDR in the RAAF
RAAF
and RNZAF ; formerly sometimes S/L in all services) is a commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. An air force squadron leader ranks above flight lieutenant and immediately below wing commander and it is the most junior of the senior officer ranks. The air force rank of squadron leader has a NATO ranking code of OF-3 , equivalent to a lieutenant-commander in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
or a major in the British Army
British Army
or the Royal Marines
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Birthday Honours
KING\'S/QUEEN\'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS is, in some Commonwealth realms , the marking of the reigning monarch\'s official birthday by granting various individuals appointment into national or dynastic orders or the award of decorations and medals. The honours are presented by the monarch or a viceregal representative. New Year Honours and Birthday Honours are bestowed each year. All royal honours are published in the relevant gazette , and the daily newspapers of each realm. Honours have been awarded on the sovereign's birthday since at least 1860 , during the reign of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
. The birthday of her successor, King Edward VII
Edward VII
(r. 1901–1910), fell on 9 November 1901. After 1908, the monarch's official birthday in the United Kingdom was moved to the first, second, or third Saturday in June
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RAF Staff College, Bracknell
The RAF STAFF COLLEGE at Bracknell
Bracknell
was a Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
staff college active for most of the second half of the 20th century. Its role was the training of staff officers in the administrative, staff and policy aspects of air force matters. Its motto was Visu et Nisu which is Latin for by vision and effort. The equivalent in the British Army was the Staff College, Camberley
Staff College, Camberley
and the equivalent in the Royal Navy was the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich . HISTORY Ramslade House, Bracknell, formerly the RAF Staff College, Bracknell
Bracknell
Ramslade House was built as suburban-style villa in 1840 and then substantially re-modelled by Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Mackenzie in 1895. The house became the headquarters for Second Tactical Air Force in 1943 during the Second World War
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Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
The ALLIED JOINT FORCE COMMAND BRUNSSUM is a NATO
NATO
command at Brunssum , the Netherlands
Netherlands
. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Facilities * 2.1 Hendrik van Nassau-Ouwerkerk Camp * 2.2 Static War Headquarters Castlegate * 3 Subordinate Commands in 1989 * 4 Commanders * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORYOriginally the command was known as Headquarters, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) when it was activated in August 1953 in Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau
, outside Paris
Paris
, France
France
. After General
General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
was appointed as Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) in 1950, he found that devising command arrangements in the Central Region, which contained the bulk of NATO’s forces, was to be complicated
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Ministry Of Defence (United Kingdom)
The MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MOD or MOD) is the British government department responsible for implementing the defence policy set by Her Majesty\'s Government and is the headquarters of the British Armed Forces . The MoD states that its principal objectives are to defend the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and its interests and to strengthen international peace and stability. With the collapse of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the end of the Cold War
Cold War
, the MoD does not foresee any short-term conventional military threat; rather, it has identified weapons of mass destruction , international terrorism , and failed and failing states as the overriding threats to Britain\'s interests . The MoD also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces , contingency planning and defence procurement
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Cyprus
CYPRUS, officially the REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean . Cyprus
Cyprus
is located south of Turkey
Turkey
, west of Syria
Syria
and Lebanon
Lebanon
, northwest of Israel
Israel
, north of Egypt
Egypt
, and southeast of Greece
Greece
. The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic
Neolithic
village of Khirokitia , and Cyprus
Cyprus
is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world
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RAF Akrotiri
ROYAL AIR FORCE AKROTIRI or more simply RAF AKROTIRI (IATA : AKT, ICAO : LCRA) is a large Royal Air Force station
Royal Air Force station
, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus
Cyprus
. It is located in the Western Sovereign Base Area
Western Sovereign Base Area
, one of two areas which comprise Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
, a British Overseas Territory , administered as a Sovereign Base Area
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No. 56 Squadron RAF
NUMBER 56 SQUADRON is one of the oldest and most successful squadrons of the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
, with battle honours from many of the significant air campaigns of both World War I
World War I
and World War II
World War II
. As 56 (RESERVE) SQUADRON it is now an Air Command and Control Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operational Evaluation Unit (AIR C2ISR OEU). CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 First World War * 1.2 Between the Wars * 1.3 Second World War * 1.4 Cold War
Cold War
* 1.5 Modern day * 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYFIRST WORLD WARThe squadron was formed on 8 June 1916 and was posted to France in April 1917 as part of the Royal Flying Corps
Royal Flying Corps
. The squadron was equipped with the then brand new S.E.5 fighter
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RAF Wattisham
ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION WATTISHAM or more simply RAF WATTISHAM (ICAO : EGUW) is a former Royal Air Force station
Royal Air Force station
located in East Anglia just outside the village of Wattisham , south of Stowmarket in Suffolk , England. During the Cold War
Cold War
it was a major front-line air force base before closing in 1993 and is now operated by the British Army
British Army
as Wattisham Airfield
Wattisham Airfield

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English Electric Lightning
The ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING is a supersonic fighter aircraft of the Cold War
Cold War
era. It was designed, developed, and manufactured by English Electric , which was subsequently absorbed by the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation
British Aircraft Corporation
. It was then marketed as the BAC LIGHTNING. The Lightning was the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. The Lightning was used by the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
(RAF) and the Royal Saudi Air Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
(RSAF). Although it was the RAF's primary interceptor for more than two decades it was never required to attack another aircraft. The Lightning is powered by two Rolls-Royce Avon
Rolls-Royce Avon
turbojet engines in a unique staggered stacked installation in the fuselage
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Flight Lieutenant
FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (FLT LT in the RAF and IAF ; FLTLT in the RAAF
RAAF
and RNZAF —formerly sometimes F/L in all services) is a junior commissioned air force rank that originated in the Royal Naval Air Service and is still used in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
and many other countries, especially in the Commonwealth . It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in non-English-speaking countries, especially those with an air force-specific rank structure. Flight lieutenant
Flight lieutenant
ranks above flying officer and below squadron leader . The name of the rank is the complete phrase; it is never shortened to "lieutenant". It has a NATO
NATO
ranking code of OF-2, and is equivalent to a lieutenant in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and a captain in the British Army
British Army
and the Royal Marines
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Wing Commander (rank)
WING COMMANDER (WG CDR in the RAF, the IAF , and the PAF , WGCDR in the RNZAF and RAAF
RAAF
, formerly sometimes W/C in all services) is a senior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence, including many Commonwealth countries but not including Canada and South Africa . It is sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. It ranks immediately above squadron leader and immediately below group captain . It has a NATO
NATO
ranking code of OF-4, and is equivalent to commander in the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and to lieutenant colonel in the British Army
British Army
, the Royal Marines , and the US Army , Air Force , and Marine Corps
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Joint Service Defence College
The JOINT SERVICE DEFENCE COLLEGE (JSDC) was a training academy for British military personnel in the period from 1983 to 1997. It has now been amalgamated into the Joint Services Command and Staff College . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Staff and students * 3 See also * 4 References HISTORYThe college was originally established as the COMBINED STAFF COLLEGE (CSC) in 1947. The college was an independent Ministry of Defence Establishment offering courses to officers of all three services. It was based at Latimer House
Latimer House
in Latimer, Buckinghamshire . It was renamed the NATIONAL DEFENCE COLLEGE (NDC) in 1971. On 12 February 1974, an IRA bombing at the NDC took place but there were no fatalities. In 1983 it was renamed the JOINT SERVICE DEFENCE COLLEGE (JSDC), and moved to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
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Air Commodore
AIR COMMODORE (abbreviated as AIR CDRE in the RAF , IAF and PAF ; AIRCDRE in the RNZAF and RAAF
RAAF
) is a one-star rank and the most junior general rank of the air-officer which originated in and continues to be used by the Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force
. The rank is also used by the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence such as Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
, and it is sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. The name of the rank is always the full phrase and is never shortened to Commodore , which is a rank in various naval forces. Air commodore
Air commodore
is a one-star rank and the most junior air officer rank, being immediately senior to group captain and immediately subordinate to air vice-marshal
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Royal College Of Defence Studies
The ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES (RCDS) instructs senior officers of the Armed Forces and Civil Service in defence and international security matters at the highest level, to prepare them for the top posts. It forms part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom . There are many overseas attendees. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 RCDS Course * 3 Governance * 4 Commandants * 5 Alumni * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYIn 1922 a cabinet committee under Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, recommended the formation of the College. The college was founded in 1927 as the IMPERIAL DEFENCE COLLEGE and was located at 9 Buckingham Gate until 1939. Its objective at that time was the defence of the Empire
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