Departing Commander JHC HQ
Rear Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt said farewell to his staff at the Joint Helicopter Command HQ after just over three years as the Commander JHC.
Admiral Johnstone-Burt has enjoyed a long affiliation with the JHC, where he had previously worked as the Deputy Commander, but in March 2008 he returned to Command the JHC. On his final day in post, the JHC HQ staff lined the route from the HQ building to the Helicopter Landing Site, where they bid the outgoing Commander ‘bon-voyage’ before he flew himself off in an Army Lynx.
Rear Admiral Johnstone-Burt said: ‘This command has been the highlight of my career. It has been a huge privilege to work alongside such highly motivated, courageous and able people. I’ve been both inspired and humbled by their unceasing commitment to operations over such a long period, and overwhelmed by the fortitude and loyalty of their families. I am also delighted to be handing the Command over to Air Vice Marshal Carl Dixon. He has also been steeped in the JHC over many years, and the Command couldn’t have a better new commander to take it on through its next set of adventures. I’d like to thank the whole command for all their unstinting support for so many years and wish them all the very best of luck in the future.’
Admiral Johnstone-Burt will deploy to Afghanistan in early May for six months to be General Petraeus’ Director of Counter Narcotics and Anti-Corruption, based with ISAF in Kabul. In November he will then become the Defence Attaché and Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, DC.