Unit Emblem SA Air Force College

South African Air Force College
 

             

 

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Air Power Wing


 

 General Information

Abridged history of the SA Air Force College

The SA Air Force College was formed as a Wing of the former SA Military College on 7 March 1949. On the 1st of July 1950 the Air Wing became the Independent Air Administration and Staff School and on the 7th of December 1951 it was renamed as the SA Air Force College

 

Postal Address Fax Number
SA Air Force College (012) 651-5688
P.O. Box 1008 Telephone Number
Thaba Tshwane (012) 351-5000
0143  

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 Vision Mission and Ethics

OUR VISION:

STRIVING FOR AIR POWER EXCELLENCE THROUGH FOCUSED DEVELOPMENT. 

OUR MISSION:

TO PROVIDE DEVELOPMENTAL EXCELLENCE FOR THE SAAF IN SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY.

THROUGH EXCELLENCE WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE COLLEGE ETHICS:

C CREATIVITY We encourage creativity
O OBJECTIVITY We maintain objectiveness
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LOYALTY
We are loyal and dedicated in executing our responsibility
L LEADING By example we lead by maintaining exemplary conduct and discipline
E EQUITY We strive for fairness and tolerance through an open and honest approach
G GIVING We give the best to reap the best
E EFFICIENCY We ensure efficiency by doing the right thing, right the first time.

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 Core Functions

Air Power Development Centre

Establishing an air power developmental training capability at SA Air Force College in order to make Air Force members knowledgeable in terms of air power.

Junior Command & Staff Course

The Junior Command and Staff Course prepare junior officers to perform effectively as junior commanders and/or staff officers in the South African Air Force.

Officers Forming Course

The Officers Forming Course equip the learners with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and values to enable them to be utilised as effective and efficient officers in the SA Air Force.

Senior Non-commissioned Officers Development Course

The Senior Supervisors Course prepare senior Non-commissioned Officers to perform effectively as Senior Supervisors in the South African Air Force.

Non-commissioned Officers Forming Course

The Non-commissioned Officers Forming Course equip the learners with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and values to enable them to be utilised as effective and efficient junior Non-commissioned officers in the SA Air Force.

 

 Establishment of the SAAF Air Power Development Centre

As part of the SAAF Strategy promulgated in 2001, Director Education Training and Development was tasked to implement the plan to ensure that Air Force members are knowledgeable in terms of air power.  This led to the establishment of the Air Power Wing (APW) at the SA Air Force College, in January 2002.  In essence, this step is an attempt to be more pro-active in terms of air power, in order to facilitate a revolutionary thinking approach in terms of matters related to air power.  Each and every SAAF person must understand and appreciate air power.

In November 2002 the APW’s name changed to the Air Power Development Centre (APDC), because of the fact that the scope of work have increased to address a much wider spectrum of Air Power than originally intended.

The APDC vision is:  “Dynamism in Air Power Thinking”

The mission of the APDC is to establish a “Centre of Excellence for Air Power Developmental Training” by means of promulgated air power courses at various levels in the SAAF.  The initial focus is to establish a high level of air power knowledge within the Air Force and gradually expand this focus to also include the rest of the SANDF/DOD and even other organisations external to the DOD. 

To adequately meet the future requirements of the SANDF and specifically the SAAF, it is imperative that the end product is designed on sound educational technology principles and that it eventually meets international standards, as well as covers all applicable fields of study.  The APW has the responsibility to teach future commanders and all support personnel in the SAAF, the essence of air power and its application, as dictated by the (Southern) African scenario. 

Since January 2003 the APDC commenced with the presentation of Air Power programs at all the developmental courses at the SA Air Force College.  The APDC also presents or will be presenting Air Power programs at the Air Force Gymnasium, Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC), National War College, Defence Intelligence College, Army College, Maritime Warfare Centre in Cape Town, SA Medical Health Academy and the Army Gymnasium in Heidelberg.  Some sixty (60) Air Power programs will be presented throughout the DOD, per annum.
 

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