«Education enlarges the mind»(Embedocles)
In this motto Empedocles, a presocratic philosopher,emphasizes the importance of learning, since education cultivates the mind and gives man precious experience.
AFCSC’s mission is to provide officers with theoretical and practical training for further extension of their staff and command capability to carry out their duties as staff officers and Commanders. The mission of the H.A.F. Command and Staff College in particular is:
a. To provide Officers with theoretical and practical training in order to improve their staff and command capability to carry out their duties as Staff Officers and Commanders.
b. To provide specific, theoretical and practical education to the military and Civilian Personnel aiming to efficiency regarding the Air Force mission accomplishment.
c. To be aware of the scientific and technological developments regarding Aerospace in order to define and disseminate principles -internationally derived from scientific research – technological application and the followed practice, ensuring the effective use of the Air Force.
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.
Additionally since 1972 the Military Magazine “Air Force Review” has been published every four months by the college. In 2007 the “Air Force Review” was awarded by the Athens Academy. Up today 103 Military Magazines have been published.
Rapid development to the air forces thru out the world in the last decades made the staff Officers education and training more imperative than ever before. For this reason our Air force established on 9th September 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 Navy War College’s. The first location of the AFWC was in the Air Force facilities in Paleo Faliro.
During the first 3 years (1957-1960) the War College offered training exclusively to Senior Officers. However, the need for trained staff officers resulted in the establishment for the first time in 1960 of a separate department aiming to train Junior Staff Officers (J.S.O). Initially the training duration was 2 months but later on extended to 3½ months. At the same time the Senior Staff Officer Department continued providing training and improving the educational program holding operational exercises and other essential subjects.
The year 1963 was a turning point for College as the necessity for the separation of training Departments – one for Senior and one for Junior – Officers was officially recognized. Furthermore the duration of the training for S.O extended to 5½ months and training programs as well as training regulations were thoroughly reviewed. In December 1963 the College was relocated to Dekelia Base. In 1964 a ‘’ Preparatory Course’’ was established aiming at Senior Officers that were selected for the training in the National Defense College. In July 1965 the Air Force War College Department for Junior Officers was renamed Junior Staff Officer School with a duration of 4½ months. In October of the same year the duration of Senior Officers course was also extended to 9 months while the training program was enhanced.
In the year 1969 the successful graduation from the War College was considered as a prerequisite for Officer’s promotion. As a result the College started providing training in September 1969 on the basis of reviewed training programs, while the duration of the courses was tailored to the HAF’S actual needs.
In 1987 creating a unified – post graduated studies Center the College also included additional activities that contributed to training.
Schools for Staff Officer (SSO) such as:
Training Administration School (TAS-ISD)
Ground Instructor School (G.I.S.)
Flight and Ground Safety School (F.G.S.S.)
Intelligence School (I.S.)
School on Computer Science
Foreign Language School (F.L.S.)
In 1998 a new course for Junior Officers starting their career as NCO’s was established. The new school’s name AFS/J.O which later was renamed as Training School for officers starting as N.C.O’s and the duration of the training was designated to 1 month. Its mission is the training of the Warrant Officers in order to become capable carrying out administrative duties as head staff officers. The first class initiated the training on November 1st 1999.
On May 30th 2003 the War College terminated its operation due to the reorganizations of the War Colleges in the Hellenic Armed Forces and the establishment of the Supreme Joint War College in Thessaloniki.
In January 2004, the Supreme Air Force Council decided that, the Hellenic Air Force College should be reorganized and incorporate the following schools:
The Air Force Command and Staff Course (AFCSC)
The Air Force School for Junior Officers (AFS/JO)
The School of Foreign Languages (FLS)
Flight and Ground Safety School (FSS)
Accident Prevention School (APS)
Training Administration School (TAS)
Intelligence Officers School (IO)
The school for Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare
In 2012, the Air Force War College was renamed to Air Force Command and Staff College and the Human Performance in Military Aviation School (HPMA) was added.
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:
- Understanding the obligations and increasing – improving the Hellenic Air Force cadres’ ability to carry out their staff and administrative duties.
- Consolidating Leadership, Command and Management principles
- Understanding the Doctrine of Using the Air Forces.
- Studying Air Operations and understanding the principles governing their conduct.
- Improving the Students’ ability to study, conduct research, write and present staff papers.
- Studying modern military strategy and understanding its development and implementation
- Understanding National Power factors and their impact on developing the National Strategy.
- Briefing on National Issues and acquiring knowledge concerning the National Policy.
- Studying and evaluating the geo-strategic environment and the respective threat.
- Developing conditions enabling the consideration and research in solving problems or improving situations concerning the Armed Forces.
- Acquiring comprehensive knowledge of the universal environment through briefings on International Relations, International Organizations and Alliances.
- Completing-consolidating the respective theoretical education by participating in training trips and visits to large formations of the Armed Forces, to places of strategic significance (defense areas, industries, great energy units), think tanks, cultural foundations etc.
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 subject of the Training
- The expected result
- The teaching procedure
- The curriculum, the teaching lay-out of every teaching method (teaching, educational visit, seminar, presentation of essays, tests etc) and of every training period as well as the subjects that eventually deal with national secrets or affect national security is not provided to students without the respective HAF security clearance.
The curriculum is enlisted among the Study Departments/Sections as follows:
- Section «A» Communication – Staff Responsibilities
- Section «B» Leadership – Administration – Commandment
- Section «C» Doctrine – Strategy – Air Operations
- Section «D» National Affairs – International Relationships
According to its mission, the main objective of the AFCSC is to develop a training of specific duration, educational principles, methodology and a curriculum of high quality wide spectrum. The education is based on Principles such as the Academic Freedom, Dialectical Process and Active Participation. The duration and the partial objectives are as follows:
The AFCSC is a 3-4 month course. The training program is based on 4 sectors of studies:
- Communication Staff Responsibilities
- Leadership Administration Commandment
- Doctrine, Strategy, Air Operations
- National Affairs – International Relations
Air Force School for Junior Officers is a 3-4 week course and the training program is based on two sectors of studies:
- Communication – Staff responsibilities
- Leadership Administration.
The Foreign Language School is a 3 month course for each one of the three English classes per year.
Ground and Flight Safety School is an 8 week course and includes the objectives of Human Factor-Accident Prevention-Aviation Technology and Accident Investigation.
Training Administration School is a 5 week course and includes: Project and Training requirements – Objective Tests – Teaching Planning and Development – Training Evaluation.
Intelligence Officers School is a 6 week course and includes: Organization and Office Structure-National Issues Provision of constant, prompt and interactive flow of the Information on National and NATO levels- countries of Interest – National Issues and objectives of general interest.
Accident Prevention School is a 3 week course and includes the objectives of Human Factor – Accident Prevention-Hygiene and Safety.
School for Nuclear Biological and Chemical Warfare is a 2-3 week course and includes the objectives of Human Factor – Accident Prevention – Hygiene and Safety.
- Human Performance in Military Aviation is a 3 week course and includes the objectives crew resource management – operational risk management.
- Ground Instructors School is a 5 week course and includes the objectives: Learning psychology-Communication- Lesson Planning – Audio Visual means Reference books.
It ‘s to be highlighted that in the concept of a more time and cost effective training regional classes for GIS and AFS/JO are organized at remote air bases. Especially for AFS/JO, courses are also being attended through video teleconference (VTC).
Moreover the implementation of an internet educational platform is in progress, aiming to provide an integrated Internet Distance Learning (IDL) capability.
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:
- Lectures: Presentation of subjects by the training personnel, invited Speakers – Lecturers
- Seminars: Guided conversation with active participation of the students of the Academy
- Exercises: Accomplished during Seminars either on a personal or teamwork basis.
- Tasks/Practices: Designed by the Academy based on the curriculum, described in the study program and analyzed in detail by written and oral guidelines which comprise:
- Personal Exercises: Written and oral personal exercises
- Written exercises: accomplished by the students according to the detailed program and the guidance of the Academy
- Oral exercises: Unfolding of a specific subject, approved by the Academy in order to increase the student’s fluency in speech
- Team-works: Accomplished during seminars for training groups in order to solve problems of administrative and operational nature.
- Exercise “Essay” or “Dissertation”. Written, personal exercise concerning subjects of the study fields.
- Educational journeys and visits: Educational journeys and visits in the inland and abroad at places with specific interest concerning the training purposes of the Academy.
- Meetings: Meetings about interesting subjects of the Departments of Study, defined by article 39 of the Academy’s Constitution