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THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF TRAINING EXCELLENCE

Photos and article by WO2 J.E. Pearce



Happy 60th Birthday, SA Air Force College!

A very special birthday party took place at SA Air Force College on 6 March 2009. The guest of honor was the SA Air Force College and the celebration was held to honor the SA Air Force College on the occasion of its 60th birthday.



The SA Air Force College birthday cake with the 60th Anniversary
logo designed by the Social Committee.

The history of the SA Air Force College goes back to 7 March 1949 when a dedicated training wing under command of Cmdt D.H. Loftus was formed. In 1950 the wing relocated to Air Force Base Waterkloof and was renamed the Air Administration and Staff School. The School changed its name to the South African Air Force College on 7 December 1951 and finally moved to its present site Thaba Tshwane, (the then Voortrekkerhoogte) in 1957.


Members enjoyed the party held on the lawns in front of
 the ‘Generals’ House’.

It is fitting that the birthday party took place on the lawn in front of the historic General’s House. The history of the General’s House dates back to 1903 when it was built as a residence for General (later Sir) Gerald Neville Lyttelton; having been designed by Sir Herbert Baker, who was the architect of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The General’s House was the perfect backdrop for the SA Air Force College’s birthday party.



A toast to the SA Air Force College. Members enjoying the party.

It was a proud moment for the Officer Commanding, Col J.W. Janse van Rensburg, when he proposed the toast to the College and then proceeded to ceremonially ‘cut the cake’. The birthday cake was one of several cakes beautifully decorated with the SA Air Force College 60th anniversary logo in blue, gold and white. The social committee was given the task of designing a new logo to commemorate this special anniversary. Of the various designs they came up with, the choice came down to the one that the Officer Commanding felt most reflected the professional image of the South African Air Force College.



The Officer Commanding, Col J.W. Janse van Rensburg
cuts the birthday cake.

It is envisaged that SA Air Force College will host a SA Air Force College Reunion during 2009. The birthday celebrations will also include the rededication of the revamped Generals’ House. The festivities will continue throughout the year culminating in a Gala Evening that will be held in October 2009.
 

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