Joint Services Command and Staff College
Joint Services Command and Staff College is a British military academic establishment providing training and education to experienced officers of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence Civil Service, serving officers of other states. JSCSC combined the single service provision of the British Armed Forces: Royal Naval College, Staff College, Camberley, RAF Staff College and the Joint Service Defence College, Greenwich. Formed at Bracknell in 1997, the college moved to a purpose-built facility in the grounds of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Watchfield in Oxfordshire in 2000, is now co-located with the Defence College of Management and Technology, Shrivenham; the Joint Services Command and Staff College trains the future commanders and staff officers of all three UK armed services and those of many countries around the world, supporting the operational effectiveness of all three services. JSCSC is a component of the Defence Academy and the commandant is a full member of the DA Management Board, reporting to the director of the Defence Academy.
The commandant is a two-star appointment and can be filled by candidates from each of the three services. Within JSCSC itself, each service is represented by a one-star assistant commandant, each with responsibility for both single service issues and delivery of training; the dean of academic studies leads King's College London's Defence Studies Department, which provides theoretical and conceptual academic education in partnership with the military directing staff. As of 2016, the JSCSC provides the following courses, amongst others: Higher Command and Staff Course: aimed at OF-6 rank or OF-5 Advanced Command and Staff Course: aimed at OF-4 rank Intermediate Command and Staff Course: aimed at OF-3 rank Intermediate Command and Staff Course: Aimed at Lieutenant Commanders and civil servants Elements: Command, Leadership and Ethos Staff and Communication Skills, including Defence Writing Strategic Studies: The International Environment and UK Defence Management Maritime Studies: Strategy, Environment and the Royal Navy Joint Studies: Capabilities and Joint and Combined Operations Intermediate Command and Staff Course Advanced Amphibious Warfare Course Intermediate Command and Staff Course: Aimed at Army and Royal Marine Majors, civil servants Elements: Staff and Communication Skills Command Leadership and Management Global Effects on Defence Higher Management of Defence and the Army Equipment and Capability Land Warfare – including Formation Level Planning and Military Assistance to stabilisation and Development Intermediate Command and Staff Course Intermediate Command and Staff Course: Aimed at Squadron Leaders and civil servants Elements Introduction Air and space power Strategic context Warfighting and planning Command and Management The college crest features a cormorant, a symbol of all three armed services.
The cormorant was derived from the symbol of the Joint Service Defence College. The alumni association of the college, open to graduates of the Higher Command and Staff Course, the Advanced Command and Staff Course and staff of the college, is named the Cormorant Club; the following have commanded the college: 1 September 1997 Major General T J Granville-Chapman 4 January 2000 Air Vice-Marshal B K Burridge 28 January 2002 Rear Admiral R J Lippiett 3 March 2003 Major General J McColl 1 March 2004 Major General N R Parker July 2005 Air Vice-Marshal N D A Maddox 4 September 2007 Rear Admiral N Morisetti 8 October 2009 Major General G Binns 2 September 2010 Air Vice-Marshal R Lock 31 August 2012 Rear Admiral J Morse August 2014 Major-General J R Free February 2017 Air Vice-Marshal Chris Luck JSCSC JSCSC Courses
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until amalgamation into the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 28 March 2006. The regiment was created under the Childers Reforms in 1881, as the Princess Louise's, by the amalgamation of the 91st Regiment of Foot and 93rd Regiment of Foot, amended the following year to reverse the order of the "Argyll" and "Sutherland" sub-titles; the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to fifteen battalions during the First World War and nine during the Second World War. The 1st Battalion served in the 1st Commonwealth Division in the Korean War and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967; as part of the restructuring of the British Army's infantry in 2006, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were amalgamated with the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the Black Watch and the Highlanders into the seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Following a further round of defence cuts announced in July 2012 the 5th Battalion was reduced to a single public duties company called Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. It was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 91st Regiment and the 93rd Regiment as outlined in the Childers Reforms; the regiment was one of the six Scottish line infantry regiments, wears a version of the Government Sett as its regimental tartan. It had the largest cap badge in the British Army; the uniform included the Glengarry as its ceremonial headress. At the Childers reform amalgamation the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders had a well-earned reputation for valour in the face of the enemy, most notably the 93rd during the Crimean War. Here, the 93rd earned the sobriquet of "The Fighting Highlanders" and carried with it the status of having been the original "Thin Red Line"; this title was bestowed following the action of the 93rd at Balaklava on 25 October 1854 in which this single battalion alone stood between the undefended British Army base at Balaklava and four squadrons of charging Russian cavalry.
The 93rd, under the command of Sir Colin Campbell, not only held steady, but for the first time in the history of the British Army, broke a large cavalry charge using musket fire alone, without having been formed into a square. This action was witnessed by the Times correspondent William Howard Russell, who reported that nothing stood between the Russian cavalry and the defenceless British base but the "thin red streak tipped with a line of steel of the 93rd" a description paraphrased and passed into folklore as "The Thin Red Line". Referred to by Kipling in his evocative poem "Tommy", the saying came to epitomise everything the British Army stood for; this feat of arms is still recognised by the plain red and white dicing worn on the cap band of the A and SH Glengarry bonnets. The 1st Battalion arrived in the Cape in November 1899 and formed part of the 3rd or Highland Brigade; the Argylls played leading roles in the Battle of Modder River, the Battle of Magersfontein, the Battle of Paardeberg and in an action at Roodepoort preceding the Battle of Doornkop.
In June 1900, the battalion was transferred to a new brigade under Brigadier General George Cunningham. They operated in the Eastern Transvaal. Sections of Argylls formed parts of the 2nd and 12th Battalions Mounted Infantry and a detachment, along with the Black Watch, formed an escort for Captain J E Bearcroft's naval guns during the advance to Pretoria. In 1908, the Volunteers and Militia were reorganised nationally, with the former becoming the Territorial Force and the latter the Special Reserve; the 1st Battalion landed at Le Havre as part of the 81st Brigade in the 27th Division in December 1914 for service on the Western Front. The 2nd Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur-Mer as part of the 19th Brigade, operating independently, in August 1914 for service on the Western Front; the 1/5th Battalion landed at Cape Helles as part of the 157th Brigade in the 52nd Division in June 1915. The 1/6th Battalion landed in France as part of the 152nd Brigade in the 51st Division in May 1915; the 1/7th Battalion landed in France as part of the 10th Brigade in the 4th Division in December 1914 for service on the Western Front.
The 1/8th Battalion landed in France as part of the 152nd Brigade in the 51st Division in May 1915 for service on the Western Front. The 1/9th Battalion landed in France as part of the 81st Brigade in the 27th Division in February 1915 for service on the Western Front; the 10th Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur Mer as part of the 27th Brigade in the 9th Division in May 1915 for service on the Western Front. The 11th Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur-Mer as part of the 45th Brigade in the 15th Division in July 1915 for service on the Western Front; the 12th Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur-Mer as part of the 77th Brigade in the 26th Division in September 1915 but moved to Salonika in Novembe
Cranfield University is a British postgraduate and research-based public university specialising in science, engineering and management. Cranfield was founded as the College of Aeronautics in 1946. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the development of many aspects of aircraft research and design led to considerable growth and diversification into other areas such as manufacturing and management. In 1967, the Cranfield School of Management was founded. In 1969, the College of Aeronautics became The Cranfield Institute of Technology incorporated by Royal Charter and gained degree awarding powers and became a university in its own right. In 1993, it adopted its current name. Cranfield University has two campuses: the main campus is at Cranfield and the second is at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, southwest Oxfordshire; the main campus is unique in the United Kingdom and Europe for having a semi-operational airport on campus. Cranfield University operates the airport; the airport facilities are used by Cranfield University's own aircraft in the course of aerospace teaching and research.
Cranfield University's motto,'post nubes lux', means'after clouds light'. It is depicted on the Cranfield University coat of arms, introduced when the University was awarded its Royal Charter. Cranfield University was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, on the Royal Air Force base of RAF Cranfield. A major role was played in the development of the college by Roxbee Cox Lord Kings Norton, appointed to be the first governor of the college in 1945 and served as vice-chair and chair of the board, he led the drive for the college to diversify, with the Cranfield University School of Management being established in 1967, petitioned for a royal charter and degree awarding powers. When these were granted in 1969, he became the first chancellor of the Cranfield Institute of Technology, serving until 1997; the Cranfield Institute of Technology was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1969, giving the institution its own degree-awarding powers and making it a full university in its own right. In 1975 the National College of Agricultural Engineering, founded in 1963 at Silsoe, was merged with Cranfield and run as Silsoe College.
An academic partnership with the Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham was formed in 1984. RMCS, whose roots can be traced back to 1772, is now a part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and now forms the Defence College of Management and Technology, known as'DCMT' and from 2009 as "Cranfield Defence and Security". RMCS became wholly postgraduate in c.2007 with undergraduate courses moved elsewhere. In 1993 the institution's Royal Charter was amended changing its name to Cranfield University. A decade in 2003, Cranfield became wholly postgraduate and the Shrivenham site admitted its last undergraduates. In 2009 Silsoe College was closed and its activities were relocated to the main campus at Cranfield. Cranfield campus is 50 miles north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield, Bedfordshire; the nearest large towns are Milton Keynes and Bedford, the centres of which are both about 8 miles away. Cambridge is about 30 miles east. Shrivenham is about 73 miles west of London, adjacent to Shrivenham village, 7 miles from the centre of the nearest town and around 23 miles from Oxford.
The Cranfield campus sits within the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor where there are plans to link these cities and stimulate economic growth. There are plans for a tram system between Milton Keynes and Cranfield University, although this is still at an early planning stage. There are a number of companies located on the Cranfield University Technology Park ranging from large international companies to small start-ups. Major companies on the park include: The Nissan Technical Centre Europe, which designs and develops cars for the European market; the NTC Europe facility occupies 19,700 square metres of the Technology Park, representing an investment of £46m by Nissan. Innovation Centre: the Technology Park is the location for a large number of smaller companies. Prior to 2016: Trafficmaster plc occupied a 10-acre site for its European Headquarters. A leading company in telematics, Trafficmaster's advanced technology enables cars and roads to be used more efficiently; the academic schools are: School of Aerospace and Manufacturing, known as SATM, incorporating the original College of Aeronautics, has a wide range of experimental research facilities for masters and doctoral students and commercial clients.
1969–1997: Harold Roxbee Cox, Lord Kings Norton 1998–2010: Richard Vincent, Lord Vincent of Coleshill 2010–present: Baroness Young of Old Scone 1970–1989: Henry Chilver, Lord Chilver 1989–2006: Frank Robinson Hartley 2006–2013: Sir John O'Reilly 2013–present: Sir Peter Gregson Cranfield University’s specialist areas of focus, or Cranfield themes, aims to bring a range of academic disciplines together in order to tackle the grand challenges facing the world within a range of industrial and commercial sectors. These are Water, Agrifood and Power, Manufacturing, Transport Systems and Security and Business/Management. Within Cranfield University’s postgraduate environment, the academic disciplines work together, blending as they do in the commercial
Beckett Hall is a country house at Shrivenham in the English county of Oxfordshire. The present house dates from 1831; this ancient historical manor is first mentioned in the Domesday survey, acquired by King John in 1204. The King holds Scrivenham in the demesne. There are 46 hides. There is land for 33 ploughs. On the demesne there are 4 ploughs and there 80 villeins and 17 borderers with 30 ploughs... In the Manor are two mills worth twenty shillings, 240 acres of meadow and woodland to render 20 swine. In the time of King Edward it was worth 35 pounds, afterwards 20, not 45 pounds; the property was held by William, the Count of Evreux, on behalf of King John who made residence there. In return for service, King John granted ownership of the estate to the de Becote family who held the manor until 1424. In 1633, the Manor was bought by Sir Henry Marten, a judge inherited by his son Henry Marten, a prominent Civil War politician and one of the regicides of King Charles I. In 1648, the house was ransacked by royalists.
On the son Henry Marten's death, the lands were sold to Sir George Pratt. In 1666, John Wildman bought the property. Wildman's son adopted John Shute as his heir. In 1716, John Shute was bequeathed the Barrington name by Francis Barrington and inherited the Beckett Estates, he was the recipient of a newly created Peerage of Ireland, Viscount Barrington of Ardglass. He changed his name to John Shute Barrington, established Beckett as the family seat; the Barrington family held the estate for many years. In 1938, Beckett Hall was acquired by the War Office for use as an Artillery School. During World War II, it became an Officer Cadet Training Unit with up to 10,000 US troops based in the area and operated by United States Army Forces in the British Isles or European Theater of Operations United States Army. In 1946, Beckett Hall became home to the "Royal Military College of Science", now known as Defence College of Management and Technology, served as an officers mess as the college library; the College has since vacated the Hall, moving to a new building on the DCMT campus, the Hall has become a management centre.
A modern extension has been built providing accommodation. The House is a Grade II listed building. Notable residents include: Henry Marten - English politician and resident of Beckett Hall John Wildman - English politician and republican agitator John Shute Barrington, 1st Viscount Barrington - English statesman and 1st Viscount Barrington, resident of Beckett, Shrivenham William Barrington, 2nd Viscount Barrington - British politician and eldest son of John Shute Barrington Samuel Barrington - British Admiral and fourth son of John Shute Barrington Shute Barrington, Bishop of Llandaff, of Salisbury and of Durham Robert Whitehead - English engineer, designer of the Whitehead torpedo The estate and the Barrington family who lived there were the inspirations for the naming of Becket and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Nash Ford, David. "Royal Berkshire History: Beckett House". Nash Ford Publishing
Amport House the British Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, is a manor house in the village of Amport, near Andover, Hampshire. It is now a Grade II listed building; the current house, built in an Elizabethan style, was constructed near the village of Amport in 1857 by John Paulet, 14th Marquess of Winchester and replaced two earlier houses built on the site. The gardens were planted by Gertrude Jekyll. During the 1930s the house was owned by Col. Sofer-Whitburn until it was taken over and used as the headquarters of Royal Air Force Maintenance Command during World War II; the last of the Paulet family to reside at Amport was Henry Paulet, 16th Marquess of Winchester, who died in 1962. That year the Royal Air Force Chaplains' School moved from Dowdeswell Court in Dowdeswell to Amport House; the School, which had included a Royal Navy chaplain staff member, became the tri-service Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in 1996 on the closure of the depot of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department at Bagshot Park.
There is a gatehouse and a pleached avenue of lime trees, believed to be the longest such avenue in the United Kingdom. A converted stable block of the house holds the Museum of Army Chaplaincy. In September 2016 it was announced that Amport House would be put up for sale by the Ministry of Defence as part of a programme of defence estate rationalisation. A Better Defence Estate, published in November 2016, indicates that the site will close by 2020, with the relocation of chaplaincy services yet to be determined. Royal Air Force: Branches and trades Bishop to the Forces Bishopric of the Forces Military chaplain: United Kingdom International Military Chiefs of Chaplains Conference Religion in the United Kingdom Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre. Defence Academy of the United Kingdom official website Who we are: Amport House. RAF Chaplains official website
Vice Admiral Duncan Laurence Potts, is a retired senior Royal Navy officer. He served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff and Controller of the Navy from 2013 to 2014, as Director General of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom from September 2014 to 2018. Potts was born on 10 March 1961 in Malta, he was educated at Wellington School in Somerset. Potts joined the Royal Navy in 1979, he became commanding officer of the frigate HMS Brilliant in 1996, commanding officer of the destroyer HMS Southampton in 1997 and a member of the policy and programmes cell at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in 1998 before becoming Commander Sea Training to the Flag Officer Sea Training in 1999. He was appointed commanding officer of the frigate HMS Marlborough as well as captain of the 4th Frigate Squadron in 2000 and deployed to the Middle East. Potts went on to be Captain Navy Plans and military assistant to the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence, he was appointed commander of the UK Task Group in 2007 and Assistant Chief of Staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters in 2009.
He became Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces in January 2011 and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff and Controller of the Navy in April 2013. Potts was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2014 Birthday Honours, made director general of Joint Force Development and director general of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, with the rank of vice admiral, on 19 September that year
Amport is a village and civil parish in the Test Valley district of Hampshire, England, a few miles west of Andover. It incorporates the small hamlet of East Cholderton and has a population of about 1,200. There is a village green; the village lies in the valley of the Pillhill Brook, a tributary of the River Anton and thence the River Test, a chalk stream famous for its trout-fishing, for those who enjoy a country walk, there are many attractive routes. Amport House on the outskirts of the village, now occupied by the tri-service chaplains’ school, was home to the Marquesses of Winchester; the House houses The Museum of Army Chaplaincy. Amport’s greatest attraction, however, is the world-renowned Hawk Conservancy where skilled falconers daily fly a wide variety of hawks and eagles, including two American Bald Eagles; the church, St Mary’s, built in the fourteenth century, has a peal of six bells which are rung regularly. There is a church school, founded by a lady benefactor, Mrs Sophia Sheppard, the widow of Rev. Thomas Sheppard, in the early nineteenth century.
Walter Davis, the Victorian plant collector was born in Amport, started his career at Amport House. Amport Village Media related to Amport at Wikimedia Commons Amport in the Domesday Book