Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations
Air Marshal R F Garwood CB CBE DFC MA RAF
Air Marshal Richard (known as Dick) Garwood joined the Royal Air Force in 1979, completing his officer and pilot training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. In 1982 after completion of flying training he was posted to No. 41 (Fighter) Squadron, Royal Air Force Coltishall, where he flew the Jaguar in the ground attack and reconnaissance roles. After three years on the Jaguar, he was selected for instructional duties and posted to No.1 Tactical Weapons Unit, Royal Air Force Brawdy, where he instructed on the Hawk and became a Qualified Weapons Instructor.
In 1987 Air Marshal Garwood was posted as an exchange officer with the US Air Force to Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, where he flew the Phantom RF-4C. In 1990 he returned from America and converted to the Tornado GRl. He was then posted on promotion to Squadron Leader to No. II (Army Co-operation) Squadron based at Royal Air Force Laarbruch. Shortly after arriving in Germany, he deployed to Saudi Arabia where he saw active service during the Gulf War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1993 he was posted to the Ministry of Defence where he worked in Operational Requirements (Air) as a staff officer.
In 1995 Air Marshal Garwood attended the Army Command and Staff College at Camberley, where he studied for a Master of Arts degree in Defence Studies with King's College London. On promotion to Wing Commander in 1995 he took command of No. II (Army Co-operation) Squadron now based at Royal Air Force Marham in Norfolk. During this period he led his squadron on many operational detachments to patrol the Iraqi No-Fly-Zones. In 1998 Air Marshal Garwood was posted to become a staff officer in the Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood.
Following 18 months at Northwood, he was posted to Royal Air Force Marham as Station Commander taking command in 2000. During this tour he deployed to East Africa as Commander British Forces Op RAMSON for air operations over the Horn of Africa in support of Op VERITAS (Afghanistan). He was awarded the CBE in 2002. On completion of his tour at Royal Air Force Marham, Air Marshal Garwood attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (2003 course) before deploying to Qatar to become the first post-combat phase Air Component Commander for Op TELIC (Iraq). He returned to the UK in late 2003 to become Air Commodore Force Elements at HQ 1 Group. In 2004 Air Marshal Garwood became the Director of Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence. During this tour he completed the Higher Command and Staff Course. In 2007 he was posted on temporary duty as the Chief of Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in the Pentagon. On return from Washington DC he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding 22 (Training) Group and took over as Chief of Staff (Operations) in April 2009. He was awarded the CB in 2010. Promoted to Air Marshal, he became DCINC Ops in April 2010, a role which changed to DCom Ops in Apr 2012.
He is married to Susan and they have one son. Away from work he enjoys game fishing and shooting.