and a gentleman
scholar who rose through the ranks to pursue an extremely diverse
Air Force career and become a highly respected member of the service
has retired after 36 years of distinguished service.
Air Vice-Marshal Colin Hingston and his wife, Jane, at the
Dining Out evening held at RAAF Base Fairbairns Officers
Mess. More than 200 guests, including Chief of Air Force
Air Marshal Angus Houston, attended the event to pay tribute
to AVM Hingston, who is retiring after 36 years.
Air Vice-Marshal Colin Hingston began his Air Force journey in engineering
and logistics and went on to spend much of his time in policy, strategy
and systems development.
Towards the end of his career he was appointed to head the National
Support Division in Australian Defence Headquarters and was made
a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 for exceptional
service to the Australian Defence Force and outstanding contribution
to Australias security.
Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Angus Houston reflected on these
and many more of AVM Hingstons achievements at a Dining Out
and official farewell ceremony at RAAF Base Fairbairns Officers
Mess on February 7.
AVM Hingston and his wife Jane are both second generation Air Force
and have family links to Fairbairn.
AVM Hingstons father, Wing Commander (retd) Vaughan
Hingston, served more than 20 years in the Air Force, finishing
his career at Fairbairn at about the same time his son was beginning
Janes father, Group Captain (retd) George King, flew
VIP flights to and from Fairbairn in the late 1940s and early 1950s,
and also attended the Staff College at the base in 1962.
Not surprisingly, Fairbairns Officers Mess was filled
to capacity for the Dining Out, with more than 200 serving and retired
service and civilian personnel, friends and family paying tribute
to AVM Hingstons career.
Graduating from the Royal Australian Air Force Academy in 1970 with
a science degree and the coveted Queens Medal, AVM Hingston
later completed an aeronautical engineering degree at Sydney University,
won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1971 and underwent a masters
degree in management at Oxford University.
His early career included a range of engineering and logistics appointments,
staff training with the US Air Force and command of No. 492 Squadron
at RAAF Base Edinburgh a task he described as a privilege.
I certainly loved my time immersed in Air Force life at the
coalface in unit-level engineering and maintenance jobs, enjoying
the more immediate satisfaction of solving tangible problems and
managing day-to-day, AVM Hingston said.
His final assignment was to lead the Defence Materiel Organisations
Business Information Systems Team, establishing a strategic plan
for materiel management.
Ive had a wonderful time in my career with the Air Force
and Defence, he said.
Far from being the one job for 36 years, Ive had over
that time an immense variety of challenges and experiences that
I can draw on in a new environment.