Wing Commander Robert James Wilson, BA (Hons), PGCE, FInstLM, RAFVR(T)
Officer Commanding No 3 Welsh Wing ATC
Wg Cdr Wilson joined the Air Training Corps in 1967 as a cadet at 1358
(Pontardawe) Squadron, No. 3 Welsh Wing, where he fully participated in all Corps activities. During his ten years service as a cadet, he passed all cadet examinations, achieved the rank of CWO, successfully completed the Cadet Leadership Course at Frimley Park and was appointed Wing CWO. He represented No. 3 Welsh Wing in all sports, Wales Region in Rugby and Athletics and the Air Training Corps in Rugby.
He supported his Squadron as its Training Officer and representing the Squadron at all PEd meetings. In 1976 he was awarded the Air Training Corps Certificate of Good Service.
When his cadet service ended in 1977, at the age of 22, he transferred to
499 (Port Talbot) Squadron, No. 3 Welsh Wing, as a WO. His duties included Training, Sports and Duke of Edingburgh Award Scheme and in 1979 helped his Squadron achieve the Wales Region D of E trophy amongst other awards and completed his D of E Gold Award.
At the age of 25 in 1981 he was commissioned into the RAFVR(T) and transferred back to 1358 Squadron as second in command, in support of its newly appointed CO. Here he experienced all the executive posts and helped to restore the Squadron to its former cadet numbers. In 1983 he was promoted to the rank of Flying Officer and in 1986, at the age of 31, he was given the command of 1358 (Pontardawe) Squadron and later that year was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal.
As Commanding Officer he immersed himself and the Squadron into the life of the village his Squadron was in, supporting Town and County Council, Veteran Servicemen & Women organisations, Welsh Flood Authority and every organisation that asked for help. In 1988, both he and his Squadron were given mayoral citations.
The Squadron continued to grow under his command and in that tenure, many prestigious national, regional and local awards and citations, including the Dacre Sword, Kriegie Trophy and Keilly Trophy were gained by the dedication of his cadets.
In 1990, he was appointed to Wing Staff Officer duties as the No. 3 Welsh Wing Shooting Officer and later as Wing PEdO and CCO (at the same time) and in 1992 was awarded the Lord Lieutenant's certificate. Since his appointment to Wales & West Region staff in 1996 as the DRPEdO and subsequently to the rank of Squadron Leader in the post of RCCO, he has enjoyed the many opportunities that have faced him. He was awarded the a second clasp to his medal, Commandant Air Cadets Commendation in 2002 and the Defence Council Letter of Appreciation in 2004.
In that year, he was appointed to No. 3 Welsh Wing as a supernumery Wing Staff Officer in the post of WCCO. Since his appointment, he has actively been involved in many of the Wing's activities, including the posts of Wing IACE Escort Officer (fourth consecutive duty), First Aid Trainer, Deputy Wing PEdO and WSO to No. 3 Welsh Wing Squadrons. He is awaiting the third clasp to his Cadet Forces Medal.
During his 38 years as a member of the Air Training Corps, he has been involved in sports and currently holds Athletics and Rugby qualifications, which he uses to the highest levels within the organisation as a Corps Athletics Official and the Senior Corps Rugby Selector. He was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander as of 1st November 2005 on taking up the post of Officer Commanding No 3 Welsh Wing.
Wg Cdr Wilson is a Consultant Lecturer and Management Trainer and is married to Jackie with two grown up children and a grand daughter. His son (an ex cadet of 215 Sqn) led Wales Region Junior Rugby team, in its final year, to
its 53-0 victory over South & West Region.