Wing Commander Jez Batt was commissioned into the RAF as a Pilot in July 1992. Faced with a 2 year hold following Elementary Flying Training he accepted an offer from the Service to complete an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College of Science (Shrivenham) in Information Systems Management. Returning to flying training by way of Oxford and London UASs, he completed BFJT and elected to re-stream to the Multi-Engine cadre. Posted onto the Nimrod MR2 in 98, he served on 206 Sqn from 98-03; supporting numerous UK-based and overseas Operations, captaining a counter terrorism crew and selected as the first MR2 captain to deploy iso Op TELIC. On leaving the front line, he was posted to the Officer & Aircrew Cadet Training Unit as a Flight Commander and was selected to be the XO for IOTC1. Promoted to Sqn Ldr on the graduation night for IOTC1, he was re-toured at OACTU as Officer Commanding B Sqn, before becoming Sqn Ldr Cadets and acting Wg Cdr Cadets. Whilst at OACTU, he gained qualifications in both Neuro Linguistic Programming and Strength Deployment Inventory.
Returning to the Nimrod force in May 08 as a Flt Cdr and following the tragic loss of XV230, brought considerable challenge, but also considerable personal fulfilment as experience levels had dwindled and competency was being compounded by a paucity of live flying opportunity. Posted from the Nimrod immediately preceding the decision to delete the MRA4 Programme, he deployed to Op HERRICK in support of a discrete UK/Afghan commando force as Air Advisor and member of their operational planning team. On return from Op HERRIC, he was posted into the Strategic Plans team within SPP/FPP at HQ Air. Working within a team of 4 as the ‘air’ SME, this team was responsible for providing short notice assessments and recommendations in response to discrete, strategic-level options being considered by the SLT. Promotion to Wing Commander followed this tour and he was fortunate to once again return to the HERRICK theatre, this time embedded within the 82ndAirborne Div and 3rd Infantry Div as the Regional Air Operations Chief for RC(S). The autonomy and opportunities presented in this role were truly unique and he was awarded the US Army Commendation Medal for work to reallocate unused airborne time from key FJ and ISTAR assets to enhance the security of the Kandahar operating base.Returning to the UK in Dec 12, he was then posted into the newly formed Air Cap as SO1 ISTAR Delivery. What started as a team of 2, quickly grew and now exceeds 20 personnel. Whilst having a broader remit to oversee capability delivery activity across the wider ISTAR portfolio, he had specific responsibility as the platform desk officer for the Sentry and Sentinel aircraft and 1st RO for all ISTAR Requirements Managers. He became SO1 Sentinel and P8 within the ISTAR Force HQ in Jan 16, leaving in Aug to undertake the E-3D OCU on 54 Sqn, before taking up the appointment as Officer Commanding 8 Sqn on 7 Oct 16.
Jez is married to Nicola, who is Manager of the childcare facility (Kidzone) at RAFC Cranwell. Originally brought in to assess a failing business, she has transformed Kidzone into a thriving facility that has recently been assessed by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding’. They have 2 children, Oliver and Cerys, aged 14 and 12 respectively, a boisterous chocolate lab called Wilbur and their family home is in Lincolnshire. Whilst free time is inevitably at a premium, his hobbies include fine wine, road cycling and more than a passing interest in all things ‘motorsport.’