Air Commodore Jason Appleton, Royal Air Force (RAF), has been Deputy Chief of Staff Support at NATO’s Headquarters Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, since August 2019.
He is responsible to the Chief of Staff for directing, monitoring and coordinating support staff functions and developing and implementing policy related to support issues. He advises the Commander, through the Chief of Staff regarding all support issues. He undertakes operational duties supporting Allied Air Command in its power projection role by supporting the activation and/or deployment of the command's capabilities as well as the preparation of the Headquarters for its deployment requirements.
Air Commodore Appleton was commissioned into the RAF in 1991 and in 2009 earned an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London whilst attending Advanced Command and Staff College at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.
A helicopter navigator with over 3,000 flying hours, he has completed numerous operational flying tours, to include the Former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland (where he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service), Iraq and Afghanistan, and a non-flying tour in Iraq as an Air Advisor. As a Qualified Helicopter Navigation Instructor, he attained A2 (Above Average) Instructor status whilst serving at the Defence Helicopter Flying School. He was also a Qualified Helicopter Tactics Instructor on both the Merlin and Puma.
He has commanded: 28 (Army Cooperation) Squadron; the Merlin and Puma Forces in Iraq; and the Joint Aviation Group in Afghanistan, comprising the Chinook, Merlin, Apache, Lynx and Sea King Forces. He was also Station Commander RAF Shawbury, home to the UK’s Defence Helicopter Flying School and Defence College of Air and Space Operations.
Staff appointments include: Flight Safety within Headquarters Joint Helicopter Command; Head of the RAF Presentation Team; Chief of Staff No 1 Group, co-ordinating staff output for the RAF Combat Air and ISTAR Forces; and serving as President of a Service Inquiry into a Lynx helicopter accident. Prior to taking up his current post, he was Assistant Head Commitments for the Joint Helicopter Command, with responsibility for Operational and Exercise commitments for all UK Battlefield Helicopters.
Married with 2 teenage sons and a disobedient Cockapoo, Air Commodore Appleton enjoys playing racketball (badly) and following motorsports.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Flight Lieutenant November 1996
Squadron Leader January 2002
Wing Commander January 2009
Group Captain August 2015
Air Commodore July 2019
(Biography current as of August 2019)