Q and A with the Station Commander

The Media Office set the Station Commander a few life questions this week as he completes his first year in office:

Group Captain Harper, sum up your first year in command of RAF Halton:
Enjoyable, a privilege, challenging, busy, tiring and over too quickly.

What have been the highlights:
Centenary of Flight commemorations, AVDC Freedom Parade through Wendover, every Graduation and beating the Stn Netball Team with the Execs. In all honesty, too many to mention.

What has been the job you haven’t relished, disciplinary matters etc:
Breaking bad news is never easy.

How do you sleep at night:
Too well. One night the Station Duty Officer was banging on the door at Beacon Hill House and still couldn’t wake me. Oops!

What gets you up in the morning (not your alarm clock):
Recruits marching down Armoury Hill and at the moment a desire to know the close of play cricket score in the Ashes.

What book are you reading at the moment:
Grace & Power – The Private Story of the Kennedy White House.  I live in a white house but there the similarity ends.

Favourite food: (do you cook):
I don’t cook as I don’t have the patience or the skill. My favourite would have to be Italian.

What is your favourite saying:
‘That’s 5 minutes of my life I’m never going to get back’. But people are probably bored of me saying ‘training people for defence that’s what Halton is and what Halton does’  – I tend to say it a lot.

What do you enjoy doing as a family:
Running around after my 2 boys and driving them to various sporting events.

Supporting RAF Football, watching cricket and the answer above.

Coming year – what do you look forward to:
More of the same. There is always plenty to do. For example, we need to ensure that our Instructor posts are as fully manned as possible and that we continue to provide the support that RTS, ACS, and STS need to deliver their outputs.

What is your legacy:
I don’t believe in legacies. I see the Stn Cdr as a custodian rather than as a legacy builder. Ultimately it will be for others to judge.

Biggest Regret:
Agreeing to answer these questions.

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