508 Squadron originally
only a protection division of Air Force Base Durban,
attained Squadron status on the 11th of May 1987. This
entailed the creation of their own logistic control and
their own Squadron Officer Commanding and infrastructure.
The Squadron’s emblem and motto was approved 1988. This
independence brought about a new sense of professionalism to
the Squadron. The Squadron’s objectives also improved and
included the prevention of sabotage and infiltration at Air
Force Base Durban. To fulfil this task a number of trained
Dogs, modern weaponry, and other specialised equipments are
being utilised. All protection personnel undergo initial
Basic Military Training, where after they do an intensive
entrance control course. The members can now develop their
own career further by doing one of the following courses:
The Dog handlers, Cat A and B Instructors which includes the
advanced weaponry and infantry phase. 508 Squadron consists
of the following sections: Logistics, Budget, Personnel,
Training, Dog Section, Entrance Controls, Ops Clerks, X-Ray
Operators and Guard Commanders/Section Leaders.
508 SQUADRON TODAY
508 Squadron is still situated at Air Force Base Durban
(AFB) in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) as a protection Squadron. We
are the only Protection Squadron situated in KZN with the
next closest Protection Sqn situated at AFB Bloemspruit. Our
capability and training also affords us the opportunity to
operate in other African countries.
Mission & Vision
WE SUPPORT THE SA AIR FORCE COMBAT
READY AIR CAPABILITIES BY PROVIDING EFFECTIVE PROTECTION SERVICES
WE ARE STRIVING TOWARDS PROTECTION EXCELLENCE IN
KWA - ZULU NATAL
We value our Air force members, clients, associates, friends, and
other interested groups and treat them with respect, tolerance,
fairness and dignity.
We believe in doing the right things first time round even when no
one is looking.
We conduct protection activities in a disciplined, professional and
We pledge loyalty to the SAAF and the SANDF.
We encourage innovation, creative thinking and promote empowerment.
We are committed to the SANDF Code of Conduct.
Maj E.M. Kekana