Air Force Command and Staff College (AFCSC)
Having as its motto Empedokles’ words: “Learning broadens the mind”, which highlight the importance of learning process in broadening human thinking and valuable experience, the AFCSC remains devoted to its mission to provide the Hellenic AF personnel with staff training as well as broader vocational and general training.
According to article 2 of the AFCSC constitution, the college’s mission is:
Moreover, scientific research as well as the elaboration of studies in the field of Aviation science and strategy is also included within the context of the AFCSC’s mission.
In the last few decades, rapid developments in the Air force made the staff officers’ education and training more imperative than ever before. In order to cover the aforementioned need, the Air force made concentrated efforts and founded according to the Royal Decree of September 9th, 1957 the HAF War College, adopting the standards of the western world advanced Air forces. The HAF War College was equivalent to the respective Army and Naval War Colleges.
Initially, the HAF War College used the AF facilities in Paleo Faliro, and later on it was transferred to the Dekeleia Air Base. Thus, it built up a background to be briefly unfolded below.
During the first three years (1957-1960), the War College offered training exclusively to senior officers. However, the need for manning a gradually increasing number of vacancies with trained staff officers resulted in the establishment, for the first time in 1960, of a separate Department with the aim to train Junior Staff Officer (AFWC/JSO). Initially, the duration of the training was two months, and later on it was extended to three and half. At the same time, the Senior Staff Officer Department continued providing training and improved its curriculum by adding operational exercises and other essential subjects. However, the duration of the course remained unfixed.
The year 1963 was a turn point in the course of the College as the necessity for two separate training Departments – one for senior and one for junior officers - was formally recognized. Furthermore, the duration of the training for senior officers was set to five and a half months, while training programs as well as Training Regulations were thoroughly reviewed. In December 1963, the College was transferred to Dekelia Camp, where facilities were adequate for the two schools to operate simultaneously. In 1964, a “Preparatory Course” was established aiming at preparing senior officers selected for the training in the National Defense College. In July 1965, the AF War College Department for Junior Officers was renamed Junior Staff Officer School (JSOS) and the duration of the course extended to four and a half months. In October of the same year, the duration of senior officers’ course was also extended to 9 months, while the curriculum was enhanced to offer thorough training.
Furthermore, the Law 178/1969 stipulated that the successful graduation from the War College should be considered a prerequisite for officers’ promotion. As a result, the College started providing training in September 1969 on the basis of reviewed curriculums, while the duration of the courses was tailored to the HAF’s actual needs.
In 1985, the Air force Training Command (AFTC) ceased operating, and the HAFGS took up Command of the College. At this point, and following the HAF Supreme Council’s decision for the establishment of a HAF unified post-graduate studies center, the College also included additional activities that contributed to training. Specifically, the following schools were incorporated in the war college:
In 1993, the AF Training Command (AFTC) was reestablished, and the War College came once more under its Command.
In 1998, a new course for Junior Officers starting their career as NCOs was founded. The new school’ name was AFS/JO (which later on was renamed Training School for Officers Starting as NCOs), and duration of the training was designated to one (1) month. The AFS/JO mission is to train the AF staff officers who start their career as NCOs to carry out administrative duties as head staff officers. The members of the first AFS/JO class initiated their training on November 1st, 1999.
On May 30th, 2003, after AFS/SO 80th class graduates were awarded their certificates, Senior Officer School stopped operating adhering to a decision taken for the reform of the War Schools in the Armed Forces, and for the establishment of the Supreme Joint War College (SJWC) in Thessaloniki.
The AF War College suspended its activities, and the AF Command and Staff College (AFCSC) was founded on 8-6-2004.
Based on its mission, the main objective of the HAF Staff Officers’ School of Command (HAFSOSC) is to develop a training curriculum of high quality and wide spectrum, which will meet this mission. More specifically, the partial objectives are as follows:
CURRICULUM - TRAINING PROGRAMS
According to article 39 of the Constitution the training programs are worked out by the Study Division and following the consultative response of the Education/Training Council, they are submitted for approval to the Air Force Training Command.
Training Programs determine the following:
The curriculum is enlisted among the Study Departments/Sections as follows:
According to Article 37 of the Academy’s Constitution the training at SDIEP (Air Force Command and Staff College) is in keeping with the training program using the following methods:
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