CHANGE OF COMMAND FOR THE AIR TASK GROUP
2 February 2016
Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Stuart Bellingham has handed over Command of the Air Task Group (Task Group 630) to AIRCDRE Antony Martin following a ceremony at the Air Task Group's main operating base in the Middle East Region (MER).
Reflecting on his six months as Commander Air Task Group, AIRCDRE Bellingham said it had been the highlight of his career.
"I believe Task Group 630 has fulfilled its stated vision to deliver world class Air Power across the MER through utmost dedication, outstanding teamwork, exemplary professionalism and inspirational leadership at all levels", AIRCDRE Bellingham said.
Speaking to the Task Group, AIRCDRE Bellingham said they had been through a lot together in six months.
"I feel like we have become a little stronger, a little smarter and that the organisation has grown a special quality of resilience which is now part of the fabric," he said.
"I marvel at what you have achieved and the manner in which you have executed your mission.
"When I reflect on our journey it is your indomitable attitude which pervades my thoughts and an overwhelming sense of pride."
AIRCDRE Martin then acknowledged the job done by AIRCDRE Bellingham over the past six months.
"His professionalism, dedication and leadership have been instrumental in allowing the Air Task Group to achieve its mission of delivering combat Air Power," AIRCDRE Martin said.
"The Task Group is motivated and continues to achieve the highest levels of aircraft sustainability and performance over the skies of Iraq and Syria."
AIRCDRE Martin then emphasised that the old adage "war is fundamentally a human endeavour" still rings true – it is still about the people involved regardless of the technology involved.
"Often it's the one-on-one relationships, which we build at all levels that really allow things to get done," he said.
"So I would encourage you to continue to develop strong connections – both internally to the Task Group, but even more importantly external to the Task Group.
"I believe this will continue to be a key to success."