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RAF Staff College, Bracknell

RAF Staff College, Bracknell
College crest
Active 1945–1997
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Type College
Role Air Staff Training
Garrison/HQ Ramslade House, Bracknell
Motto Visu et Nisu (by vision and effort)

The RAF Staff College at Bracknell was a 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 Staff College at Bracknell was formed by transferring a major portion of the Staff College at Bulstrode Park to Ramslade House at Bracknell in July 1945. The World War II headquarters building of the Second Tactical Air Force became the home of the new Staff College. Air Vice-Marshal Ronald Graham, the then Commandant at Bulstrode Park, became the first commandant at Bracknell.

On 1 May 1946 the Staff College was placed under the control of Reserve Command. Four years later, on 1 August 1950, that command was renamed Home Command. It was subsequently transferred to Training Command on 1 June 1968 and then transferred again to RAF Support Command on 13 June 1973. The final transfer came on 1 April 1994 when the Staff College was transferred to Personnel and Training Command but this arrangement was short-lived as the College closed on 1 January 1997 when RAF staff training responsibilities were transferred to the newly established Joint Services Command and Staff College[1] which was initially located on the same site at Bracknell but later moved to Shrivenham. Defence Estates disposed of the site in 2004, selling it to English Partnerships, a regeneration agency.[2]


  • July 1945 Air Vice-Marshal R Graham
  • December 1945 Air Vice-Marshal A P M Sanders
  • 1947 Air Vice-Marshal T M Williams
  • 1 January 1949 Air Vice-Marshal J D I Hardman
  • 18 June 1951 Air Vice-Marshal A D Gillmore
  • 1953 Air Vice-Marshal D Macfadyen
  • April 1956 Air Vice-Marshal D F Barnett
  • 1 August 1956 Air Vice-Marshal R Faville
  • 1 January 1957 Air Vice-Marshal S C Elworthy
  • 1 December 1959 Air Vice-Marshal M L Heath
  • 1 January 1962 Air Vice-Marshal D J P Lee
  • 1 January 1965 Air Vice-Marshal T W Piper
  • 1 June 1966 Air Vice-Marshal D C Stapleton
  • 22 April 1968 Air Vice-Marshal N M Maynard
  • 27 September 1970 Air Vice-Marshal M J Beetham
  • 2 October 1972 Air Vice-Marshal A McK S Steedman
  • 16 August 1975 Air Vice-Marshal K A Williamson
  • 23 February 1977 Air Vice-Marshal J B Curtiss
  • 27 February 1980 Air Vice-Marshal M Beavis
  • 21 April 1981 Air Vice-Marshal D Parry-Evans
  • 29 January 1983 Air Vice-Marshal A G Skingsley
  • 29 September 1984 Air Vice-Marshal G A White
  • 9 February 1987 Air Vice-Marshal D T Bryant
  • 6 January 1989 Air Vice-Marshal A F C Hunter
  • 8 August 1990 Air Vice-Marshal R G Peters
  • 5 May 1993 Air Vice-Marshal M P Donaldson
  • 15 January 1996 Air Vice-Marshal M Van Der Veen


  1. ^ Other Establishments - Schools and Staff Colleges Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
  2. ^ English Partnerships
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