News Update – Incoming OC XXIV Squadron

Since W/C Tim Jones sent his valedictory letter to the Association in December 2012, the new OC XXIV, W/C Doz James has now settled in and submitted his resume for all to see. This post is in advance of the Association web site being updated.

W/C Doz James

W/C Doz James

 

Wing Commander Doz James is currently Officer Commanding XXIV Squadron, the Hercules Operational Conversion Unit. Educated in SW Wales, he joined the RAF as a direct entrant in 1989. After a lengthy hold at numerous locations including Brize Norton, Brawdy and Cosford, he eventually started his operational career on XXIV Sqn in Jan 1995.

During this tour he flew the last AAR C130 in support of the Falkland Islands and continued to support the UK role until the capability was withdrawn in 1996. Post a successful captains conversion he was sent to 70 Sqn in 1997. During this time, he became the lead Airborne Task Force captain responsible for the planning and delivery of 16 Air Assault Brigade. He also led the strategic long range parachute insertion of the RAF Regt into Sierra Leone in Jan 2000.

In addition, he also captained the crew of the RAF Falcons parachute display team for 3 years. He was promoted into a staff role in Joint Helicopter Command in 2002, before returning to XXIV Sqn as a Flt Cdr on the C130J in 2005. He held appointments as Flt Cdr Trg, Ops, Tac AT and finally EXO. During this tenure he had numerous operational detachments as both a pilot and a detachment commander in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres. Towards the end of this tour, he was acting CO for approx 4 months, prior to his promotion and new role in the MOD as the Air Staff Strategy COS from Oct 2008.

He was successfully chosen to attend ACSC 14 from Sep 10 to Jul 11, after which he completed a short tour in the Army HQ in Andover, prior to returning back to XXIV Sqn. He is married to Jane with 3 children, Kieran (145), Sian (13) and Ollie (8) and lives near Malmesbury. His interests include keeping fit, rugby coaching at his local club and is a poor DIY enthusiast.

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