Wing Commander (AAFC) Paul Martin Hughes JP, was born in the UK and grew up next door to Manchester United Football Club! A former air cadet from the age of 15, he reached the rank of CSGT before joining the Royal Air Force at the age of 17.
Wing Commander(AAFC) Hughes completed a number of flying Instructor, staff tours of duty and operational deployments in the UK and overseas before retiring. During his military career he also completed the British Military Parachute course earning his Parachute wings and received 3 separate commendations. Wing Commander (AAFC) Hughes was also heavily involved with the Air Training Corps (ATC) in the UK particularly in the sports and flying areas.
Emigrating to Australia in 2008 with his Wife Anne and Son, Paul initially became involved with the AAFC as a civilian both as a QFI with what is now 301 Aviation Training Flight and as the Aviation Safety Officer for 3 Wing. In 2012 Paul was went back into uniform as a Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) , where he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of 307 (City of Bankstown) Squadron. In addition to this Paul also held the role of 3WG XO for 5 months during 2014 as well as standing in on other executive roles. On the 1st January 2015, Paul will become WGCDR(AAFC) Hughes and take up his new appointment as the Officer Commanding 3 Wing responsible for over 2400 cadets and nearly 500 staff across NSW and the ACT.
Outside of the AAFC, Paul holds a management position in the recruitment industry and in his spare time, he is a senior soccer referee having officiated at all levels of soccer in the UK and New South Wales. Additionally, he enjoys reading the occasional autobiography and became an Australian citizen in April 2014.