Senior Appointments

DECORATION.

Air Rank Appointments Lists

Please find below a list of cleared Air Rank Appointments for 2016.



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Year 2016


22 July 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 14.16

Air Vice-Marshal R J Knighton to be Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability & Force Design) in January 2017 in succession to Rear Admiral T P Fraser CB.

Group Captain C Docherty was promoted Air Commodore and appointed Head F-35 Product Support Integrator in the United States with effect from 18 July 2016. This is a new post.

Group Captain S J Harris to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head of Programmes Saudi Armed Forces Project in September 2016 in succession to Air Commodore G C Martin who is retiring from the Service.

Group Captain N J Lloyd to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff J6 in the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK), Northwood, in December 2016 in succession to Brigadier F E Hargreaves OBE.

Group Captain P H Lloyd to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Fast Air Support Team in Defence Equipment & Support with effect from 22 August 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal K H R Bethell whose appointment as Director Combat Air in Defence Equipment & Support has previously been announced.

Group Captain A P T Smith to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Deputy Commander NATO Air Command - Afghanistan in October 2016 in succession to Acting Air Commodore J M Dixon AFC whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

27 June 2016

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 13.16

Air Commodore K H R Bethell to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Director Combat Air, Defence Equipment & Support with effect from 4 July 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal S C Gray OBE whose appointment as Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group has previously been announced.

Group Captain D J Rowland to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Strategy, Information Systems & Services, Joint Forces Command in November 2016 in succession to Air Commodore I M A Kirkwood whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

23 June 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 12.16

Air Commodore G MRussell to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Director Helicopters, Defence Equipment & Support with effect from 1 August 2016 in succession to Mr I Craddock.

Group Captain M Gilligan to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Officer A4 and A4 Force Commander, Headquarters Air Command in July 2016 in succession to Air Commodore G M Russell.

Group Captain S A Harper OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff Personnel Policy, Headquarters Air Command in September 2016 in succession to Air Commodore G A Opie whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain J S Reuter to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff J5, Permanent Joint Headquarters in September 2016 in succession to Commodore A Betton.

Group Captain K D Taylorto be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Linton-on-Ouse in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain I Laing.


18 May 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 10.16

Air Commodore J B Portlock to be Chief of Staff Air Command with effect from 6 June 2016. This position was vacated by Air Commodore I F Vallely OBE whose appointment as Commander Joint Cyber Electro-Magnetic Activities Group, Joint Forces Command has previously been announced.

Group Captain R P Barrow OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Commodore Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence in June 2016 in succession to Air Commodore D J Toriati OBE whose appointment as Executive Co-ordinator International Military Staff at Headquarters NATO has previously been announced.

Group Captain R C Maddison OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Capability Joint Plans in the Ministry of Defence with effect from 15 July 2016 in succession to Air Commodore A D Wallis OBE, who is leaving the Service.


12 May 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 9.16

Air Vice-Marshal S C Evans CBE to be promoted Air Marshal and to be Deputy Commander Allied Air Command, Ramstein in August 2016 in succession to Lieutenant General D de Longvilliers.

Acting Air Commodore L J Bennett was promoted Air Commodore on 5 April 2016 and will be appointed Assistant Chief of Staff Operations at Headquarters Air Command in September 2016 in succession to Air Commodore J J Stringer whose appointment as Air Officer Commanding No 83 Expeditionary Air Group and United Kingdom Air Component Commander, Al Udeid, Qatar has previously been announced.

Air Commodore W A W James CBE to be Director Ground Training and Senior Air Staff Officer No 22(Training) Group, Headquarters Air Command in July 2016 in succession to Air Commodore C R Elliot CBE whose appointment as Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary has previously been announced.

Group Captain S M Miller to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Commandant (Air) at the Joint Services Command & Staff College in November 2016 in succession to Air Commodore A J Byford, who is retiring from the Service.


20 Apr 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 8.16

Air Vice-Marshal S D Atha CB DSO to be promoted Air Marshal and appointed Deputy Commander Operations, Headquarters Air Command in June 2016 in succession to Air Marshal G J Bagwell CB CBE, who is leaving the Service.

Air Vice-Marshal S K P Reynolds CBE DFC to be promoted Air Marshal and appointed Deputy Commander Capability, Headquarters Air Command in May 2016 in succession to Air Marshal Sir Barry North KCB OBE, who is retiring from the Service.


7 Apr 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 7.16

Air Commodore G M Mayhew CBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group with effect from 28 April 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal G M Waterfall CBE whose appointment as Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK) has previously been announced.


23 Mar 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 6.16

Air Commodore M Quigley to be promoted Acting Air Vice-Marshal and to be Director Technical in the Defence Equipment & Support organisation with effect from 1 April 2016.

Group Captain J P Wariner to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Officer A6 and A6 Force Commander, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 1 April 2016 in succession to Air Commodore C J Moore whose appointment as Head Operate & Defend, Information Systems and Services, Joint Forces Command has previously been announced.

Group Captain D C Tait MBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Honington in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain M J Smeath MBE.


22 Mar 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 5.16

Air Vice-Marshal G M Waterfall CBE to be Chief of Staff (Operations) in the Permanent Joint Headquarters with effect from 16 May 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal S D Atha CB DSO whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Air Commodore C R Elliot CBE to be promoted Acting Air Vice-Marshal and appointed Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary, Headquarters Air Command in July 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal D J Stubbs OBE, who is retiring from the Service.

Air Commodore H Smyth OBE DFC to be Lightning Force Commander, Royal Air Force Marham with effect from 1 April 2016. This is a new post.

Air Commodore J J Stringer to be Air Officer Commanding No 83 Expeditionary Air Group and United Kingdom Air Component Commander, Al Udeid, Qatar in November 2016 in succession to Air Commodore M E Sampson DSO whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain A M Sansom to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Customer Support Team (Air) in the Defence Equipment & Support Organisation with effect from 24 June 2016 in succession to Air Commodore N Parton, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain H R C Cormack tobe Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Benson in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain S A Paterson OBE.

Group Captain S M R Ward OBE to be Tornado Force Commander, Royal Air Force Marham with effect from 1 April 2016 in succession to Air Commodore H Smyth OBE DFC.


26 Feb 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 4.16

Air Commodore A N C Reid to be Head Medical Strategy, Policy and Personnel, Headquarters Surgeon General in June 2016 in succession to Brigadier R H B Williamson QHS.

Group Captain C S Walton to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Officer Medical Operations, No 38 Group in June 2016 in succession to Air Commodore A N C Reid.


8 Feb 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.16

Air Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC to be promoted Air Chief Marshal and to be Chief of the Air Staff and Air Aide de Camp to Her Majesty The Queen in July 2016 in succession to Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford GCB CBE ADC who is retiring from the Service.

Air Vice-Marshal S C Gray OBE to be Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 16 June 2016 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal T L J Bishop CB who is retiring from the Service.

Group Captain R F J Clifford OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Force Protection Force Commander, Air Officer Force Protection, Commandant General Royal Air Force Regiment and Air Officer Royal Air Force Police at Royal Air Force Honington with effect in April 2016 in succession to Air Commodore A J Hall MBE whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain J M Dixon AFC to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Deputy Commander NATO Air Command – Afghanistan in April 2016 in succession to Air Commodore S E Reeves whose appointment as Deputy Director Joint Warfare in Joint Forces Command has previously been announced.


26 Jan 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 2.16

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL to be Chief of the Defence Staff in Summer 2016 in succession to General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC.

Air Vice-Marshal J A Young CB OBE to be promoted Air Marshal and to be Chief of Materiel (Air) in the Defence Equipment & Support Organisation and Chief Engineer (Royal Air Force) with effect from 29 April 2016 in succession to Air Marshal S J Bollom KBE CB who is leaving the Service. In addition, Air Vice-Marshal Young is appointed to the Air Force Board as the Air Member for Materiel on the same date.

Air Commodore C J Moore to be Head Operate and Defend, Information Systems and Services, Joint Forces Command with effect from 7 March 2016 in succession to Brigadier A G Hill.

Group Captain J Rolf to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Officer A6 and A6 Force Commander, Headquarters Air Command in April 2016 in succession to Air Commodore C J Moore.

Group Captain A P Cooksley to be Officer Commanding No 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force Leeming in September 2016 in succession to Group Captain D J Rowland.

Group Captain W Rothery to be Group Captain Recruiting & Selection, Royal Air Force College Cranwell in July 2016 in succession to Group Captain P R Sanger-Davies.

Group Captain C W Todd to be Commandant Defence School of Personnel Administration, Worthy Down in October 2016 in succession to Group Captain A V R Bettridge OBE.

Group Captain D J Tozer to be Group Captain Support Royal Air Force Brize Norton in August 2016 in succession to Group Captain S N Perkins.


01 Jan 16

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 1.16

Flight Lieutenant His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT ADC to be promoted to the substantive rank of Squadron Leader with effect from 1 January 2016.


Year 2015


17 Dec 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 13.15

Air Vice-Marshal P A Atherton OBE to be Chief of Staff Operations at Headquarters Air Command with effect from 11 January 2016 in succession to Air Commodore J J Stringer whose appointment is retitled Assistant Chief of Staff Operations.

Air Commodore B H Hedley MBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Director Joint Warfare in Joint Forces Command in April 2016 in succession to Major General C Lawrence CBE.

Air Commodore D J Toriati OBE to be Excecutive Co-ordinator International Military Staff at Headquarters NATO with effect from 17 September 2016 in succession to Commodore S P Hardern Royal Navy.


2 Dec 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 12.15

Acting Air Commodore S E Reeves was promoted Air Commodore on 25 November 2015 and will be appointed Deputy Director Joint Warfare in Joint Forces Command in June 2016 in succession to Brigadier P S Cameron OBE Royal Marines.

Acting Air Commodore S R Thornber CBE was promoted Air Commodore on 16 October 2015 and will be appointed J2 Deputy Director Mission, Headquarters US Central Command, Tampa with effect from 19 March 2016 in succession to Brigadier N A Baker OBE.

Group Captain P J M Squires OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell in August 2016 in succession to Air Commodore C J Luck MBE ADC whose next appointment is yet to be announced.


3 Nov 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 11.15

Air Commodore I F Vallely OBE to be Commander Joint Cyber Electro-Magnetic Activities Group, Joint Forces Command with effect from 5 January 2016. This is a new post.

Group Captain N J Hay OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head C4ISR, Joint Forces Command in January 2016 in succession to Air Commodore S A Richardson, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain L J Bennett to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Director Combined Air & Space Operations Centre, Al Udeid, Qatar with effect from 21 January 2016.

Group Captain S R Thornber CBE was promoted Acting Air Commodore and appointed Assistant Chief of Staff J2 in the Permanent Joint Headquarters with effect from 2 October 2015 in succession to Air Commodore A S Corbett MBE whose appointment as Deputy Director Commonwealth Integration, Washington has previously been announced.

Group Captain G E Littlejohns to be Officer Commanding and Chief Test Pilot Royal Air Force Boscombe Down in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain T P Lyons.


9 Oct 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 10.15

Air Marshal G E Stacey CB MBE to be Chief of Staff Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk USA, with effect from 11 December 2015 in succession to Lieutenant General P D Jones CB CBE .


4 Sep 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 9.15

Air Commodore A S Corbett MBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Deputy Director Commonwealth Integration, Washington in October 2015. This is a new post.

Group Captain S D Ellard to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Unmanned Air Systems in the Defence Equipment & Support Organisation in November 2015 in succession to Air Commodore P J Grinsted OBE who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain R S Norris to be Commandant Defence Helicopter Flying School, Royal Air Force Shawbury in October 2016 in succession to Colonel J M Facer.


31 Jul 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 8.15

Air Commodore A D Huggett to be Director of Management at Joint Forces Command, Brunssum with effect from 20 November 2015 in succession to Brigadier General T Møller.

Air Commodore W J Millington to be United Kingdom National Military Representative at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in August 2016 in succession to Brigadier W N Aldridge CBE.

Wing Commander A Dickens OBE to be promoted Group Captain and to be Officer Commanding No 6 Flying Training School, Royal Air Force Cranwell with effect from 7 September 2015. This is a new post.


1 Jul 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 7.15

Acting Air Commodore D G Cooper waspromoted Air Commodore on 23 June 2015 and will be appointed Head Oversight & Approvals Group in the Military Aviation Authority in December 2015 in succession to Commodore P A Chivers OBE.

Group Captain S E Reeves to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Deputy Commander NATO Air Command - Afghanistan in October 2015 in succession to Air Commodore D G Cooper.

Group Captain T T Jones to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Brize Norton in July 2016 in succession to Group Captain S S Edwards.

Group Captain M R Baulkwill to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Coningsby in September 2016 in succession to Group Captain J J Attridge OBE ADC.

Group Captain D S Arthurton OBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Leeming in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain D G Bradshaw.

Group Captain C Gleave to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Linton-on-Ouse in December 2016 in succession to Group Captain I Laing.


29 May 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 6.15

Air Commodore D R Andrew OBE to be Air Officer Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance and ISTAR Force Commander, Royal Air Force Waddington in December 2015 in succession to Air Commodore J B Portlock whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Air Commodore J Burr CBE DFC to be Head Military Strategic Effects in the Ministry of Defence in July 2015 in succession to Air Commodore C E J Brazier CBE who is leaving the Service.

Acting Air Commodore N J Phillips CBE was promoted Air Commodore on 14 May 2015 and is appointed Deputy UK Military Representative to the European Union, Brussels in April 2016 in succession to Brigadier A M J McGovern.

Group Captain N J Colman OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Deputy Director Military Support in July 2015 in succession to Air Commodore J Burr CBE DFC.

Group Captain R G Jacob to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Boulmer in July 2016 in succession to Group Captain M S P Coleman.

Group Captain P R Sanger-Davies to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Halton in August 2016 in succession to Group Captain A S Burns.


23 Apr 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 5.15

Group Captain I D Gale MBE to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Development C2ISR, Headquarters Air Command in August 2015. This is a new post.

Group Captain A J Seymour to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Commandant Air Warfare Centre, Royal Air Force Waddington in December 2015 in succession to Air Commodore B H Hedley MBE whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain H Smyth OBE DFC to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Tornado Force Commander Royal Air Force Marham in May 2015 in succession to Air Commodore D J Waddington who is leaving the Service.


30 Mar 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 4.15

Group Captain N T Bradshaw to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff Media & Communications, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 13 April 2015. This is a new post.

Wing Commander G P Hellard RAuxAF to be promoted Group Captain and to be Inspector of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force with effect from 1 April 2015 in succession to Group Captain G W Bunkell CBE QVRM RAuxAF.


04 Mar 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.15

Air Commodore D J F Lee to be Assistant Chief of Staff for Capability Delivery Air Mobility & Air Enablers, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 17 July 2015, in succession to Air Commodore J N Ager who is leaving the Service.

Air Commodore G M Mayhew to be appointed to the Strategic Defence and Security Review Team in the Cabinet Office in April 2015. This is a new post.

Group Captain D R Alexander to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Defence Logistic Policy in the Ministry of Defence in September 2015 in succession to Brigadier J R Brittain.

Group Captain M Byford to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Strategy & Integration, Headquarters Surgeon General in March 2015 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal The Honourable R J M Broadbridge QHS.

Group Captain S F Lushington CBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Mobility Force Commander & Air Officer Air Mobility, Royal Air Force Brize Norton in August 2015 in succession to Air Commodore D J F Lee.


06 Feb 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 2.15

Air Vice-Marshal J A Young CB OBE was appointed Director Helicopters in the Defence Equipment & Support Organisation with effect from 2 February 2015, in succession to Mr A D Baguley.

Acting Air Vice-Marshal M F Neal OBE was promoted Air Vice-Marshal on 16 December 2014 and remains in post as Director Service Design, Information Services and Systems in Joint Forces Command.

Air Commodore G D A Parker OBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group, Headquarters Air Command in July 2015 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal S K P Reynolds CBE DFC whose next appointment is yet to be announced.


19 Jan 15

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 1.15

Air Vice-Marshal I C Morrison CBE was promoted Acting Air Marshal with effect from 5 January 2015 and remains in post as Director Saudi Armed Forces Projects.

Group Captain J J Stringer to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Chief of Staff Operations Headquarters Air Command in July 2015 in succession to Air Commodore S J Shell OBE whose appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington has previously been announced



Year 2014

09 December 14

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 11.14

Air Vice-Marshal E J Stringer CBE to be Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in the Ministry of Defence in March 2015 in succession to Major General P N Y M Sanders DSO CBE.

Air Commodore The Honourable R J M Broadbridge QHS to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Director Healthcare and Training, Headquarters Surgeon General with effect from 19 December 2014. This is a new post.

Air Commodore R J Knighton to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence with effect from 23 January 2015 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal E J Stringer CBE.

Air Commodore I W Duguid OBE to be Typhoon Force Commander Royal Air Force Coningsby with effect from March 2015 in succession to Air Commodore P J Beach CBE who is leaving the Service.

Air Commodore S P Rochelle OBE DFC to be Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Development Headquarters Air Command in March 2015 in succession to Air Commodore G G S van den Berg whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Air Commodore S J Shell OBE to be Chief of the Defence Staff’s Liaison Officer to the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington in June 2015 in succession to Brigadier F G Gedney OBE.

Acting Air Commodore J E Linter OBE was promoted Air Commodore on 18 November 2014 and is appointed Head Defence Engagement Strategy in the Ministry of Defence in February 2015 in succession to Commodore W Entwisle OBE MVO.

Group Captain J C Prescott to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Carrier Enabled Power Projection in the Ministry of Defence in March 2015 in succession to Air Commodore S P Rochelle OBE DFC.

Group Captain M J Blackburn to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Akrotiri in June 2016 in succession to Group Captain P D Kennett.


04 November 14

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 10.14

Air Vice-Marshal R Paterson CBE OBE to be Air Officer Scotland with effect from 17 November 2014 in succession to Air Commodore G M D Mayhew. Air Vice-Marshal Paterson will relinquish his Regular Commission on 19 April 2015 and continue to exercise his responsibilities as Air Officer Scotland as a member of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Acting Air Commodore A K Gillespie was promoted Air Commodore on 16 October 2014 and is appointed Air Officer Battle Management and Head Defence Airspace & Air Traffic Management, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 4 May 2015 in succession to Air Commodore W J Millington whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain P R Sanger-Davies to be Group Captain Recruiting & Selection, Royal Air Force College Cranwell in July 2015 in succession to Group Captain C Coton.

Group Captain A E Stewart to be Director Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre, Royal Air Force Wyton in August 2015 in succession to Group Captain J Rolf.

Group Captain T D Neal-Hopes to be Commander Joint Service Signals Organisation, Royal Air Force Digby in September 2015 in succession to Colonel D Worden.

Group Captain R A Davies to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Marham in November 2015 in succession to Group Captain H Smyth OBE DFC ADC.

Group Captain P A Godfrey to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Lossiemouth in November 2015 in succession to Group Captain M W J Chappell.

Group Captain B R Braid to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Valley in December 2015 in succession to Group Captain P N Cracroft.

Group Captain J D Milne DFC to be Officer Commanding No 3 Flying Training School, Royal Air Force Cranwell in January 2016 in succession to Group Captain A Coope OBE.

Group Captain A P Marshall OBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Waddington in March 2016 in succession to Group Captain R P Barrow.

Group Captain J F Monahan OBE DFC to be Commandant Central Flying School, Royal Air Force Cranwell in March 2016 in succession to Group Captain J H Hunter.


20 October 14

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 9.14

Air Commodore M Wigston CBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Commander British Forces Cyprus and Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas with effect from 20 January 2015 in succession to Major General R J Cripwell CBE.

Group Captain M P Hart to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Defence Intelligence Operations in the Ministry of Defence in August 2015 in succession to Brigadier G E Lowder MBE.

Group Captain R Hill to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Finance Policy & Plans, Headquarters Air Command in December 2014 in succession to Air Commodore N M Connell OBE, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain S C Kilbey to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Head Royal Air Force Medical Services, Headquarters Air Command in December 2014 in succession to Air Commodore A C Wilcock, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain L S Taylor to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Assistant Chief of Staff Capability Delivery Combat Air and Air ISTAR, Headquarters Air Command in December 2014 in succession to Air Commodore M W G Hopkins MBE, who is leaving the Service.


17 September 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 8.14

Air Commodore P Lyall OBE to be Head British Defence Staff (France) and Defence Attaché Paris with effect from 30 September 2014 in succession to Air Commodore J D Maas CBE.

Air Commodore J D Maas CBE to be Senior Military Advisor to the Crisis Management & Planning Directorate, European External Action Service, Brussels with effect from 3 October 2014 in succession to Brigadier General W Huhn.

Air Commodore N W Laird CBE to be Head Doctrine (Air & Space) at the Development, Concepts & Doctrine Centre with effect from 24 November 2014 in succession to Air Commodore I D Teakle DSO OBE, whose appointment as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force Command has previously been announced.

Group Captain D G Cooper to be promoted Acting Air Commodore and to be Director Air Operations, Headquarters ISAF Joint Command, Kabul, Afghanistan with effect from 9 November 2014 in succession to Air Commodore D J E Cooper CBE, whose appointment as Joint Force Air Component Commander, Headquarters Air Command has previously been announced.


30 July 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 7.14

Lord Beaverbrook has been reappointed as Honorary Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force with effect from 5 July 2014 in the honorary rank of Air Vice-Marshal.

Acting Air Commodore D J E Cooper CBE was promoted Air Commodore on 15 July 2014 and will be appointed Joint Force Air Component Commander, Headquarters Air Command in December 2014 in succession to Air Commodore M E Sampson DSO.

Air Commodore M E Sampson DSO to be Air Officer Commanding No 83 Expeditionary Air Group and United Kingdom Air Component Commander, Al Udeid, Qatar in December 2014 in succession to Acting Air Commodore A K Gillespie, whose next appointment is yet to be announced.

Group Captain C J Moore to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Air Officer A6 and A6 Force Commander, Headquarters Air Command in September 2014 in succession to Air Commodore S A Richardson, whose appointment as Head C4ISR, Joint Force Command has previously been announced.

Group Captain M Hunt to be Commandant Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, Royal Air Force Cosford in July 2015 in succession to Group Captain A M Sansom.

Group Captain P T G Lester to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force High Wycombe in April 2015 in succession to Group Captain R F J Clifford OBE.


27 June 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 6.14

Air Commodore S A Richardson to be Head C4ISR, Joint Forces Command in September 2014 in succession to Air Commodore C Jones, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain D P Manning to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Northolt in August 2015 in succession to Group Captain A D Bacon.

Group Captain R D Pratley to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Wittering in May 2015 in succession to Group Captain D R Alexander.

Group Captain P J Robinson OBE DFC to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Odiham in October 2015 in succession to Group Captain R C Maddison OBE.

Group Captain D J Rowland to be Officer Commanding 90 Signals Unit, Royal Air Force Leeming in May 2015 in succession to Group Captain C J Moore.

Wing Commander J L Appleton to be promoted Group Captain and to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Shawbury in September 2015 in succession to Group Captain A P T Smith.


17th June 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 5.14

Air Chief Marshal the Lord Stirrup KG GCB AFC has been appointed Marshal of the Royal Air Force with effect from 13 June 2014. This is an honorary appointment.

Air Commodore R J Atkinson CBE to be Head Joint Doctrine (Air & Space) at the Development, Concepts & Doctrine Centre in August 2014 in succession to Air Commodore I D Teakle DSO OBE, whose appointment as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force Command has previously been announced.

Group Captain D A Bentley to be promoted Air Commodore and to be Director Flying Training, No 22(Training) Group in January 2015 in succession to Air Commodore T W Jones, who is leaving the Service.


3rd June 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 4.14

Air Vice-Marshal P C Osborn CBE to be promoted Air Marshal and to be appointed Chief of Defence Intelligence in January 2015 in succession to Vice Admiral A D Richards CB.

Group Captain I R Tolfts OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be appointed Head Service Delivery Accommodation in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in July 2014 in succession to Brigadier M Boswell.


15th April 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 3.14

Air Commodore R J Knighton was appointedHead Future Combat Air System in the Ministry of Defence with effect from 10 March 2014.

Group Captain A N C Reid to be promoted Air Commodore and to be appointed Air Officer Medical Operations, No 38 Group with effect from 26 June 2014 in succession to Air Commodore D I T Jenkins QHP, who is retiring from the Service.

Group Captain D J Toriati OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be appointed Air Commodore Air Staff in the Ministry of Defence in April 2014 in succession to Air Commodore A C Hine OBE, who is leaving the Service.

Group Captain A D Wallis OBE to be promoted Air Commodore and to be appointed Head Capability Joint Plans in the Ministry of Defence in August 2014 in succession to Brigadier J Patterson.

Group Captain S A Bentley MBE to be Search and Rescue Force Commander, Royal Air Force Valley in September 2014 in succession to Group Captain S B Mackmin.

Group Captain T P Lyons to be Officer Commanding and Chief Test Pilot Royal Air Force Boscombe Down in December 2014 in succession to Group Captain R W Humphries.


21st Mar 14

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 2.14

Air Commodore R J C Powell CBE to be Air Attaché, British Defence Staff (United States), Washington with effect from 19 September 2014 in succession to Air Commodore K B McCann CBE, who is retiring from the Service.

Air Commodore I D Teakle DSO OBE to be Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force Command with effect from 21 July 2014 in succession to Air Commodore R J C Powell CBE.

Group Captain I Laing to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Linton-on-Ouse in December 2014 in succession to Group Captain D G Cooper.

Group Captain M J Smeath MBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Honington in January 2015 in succession to Group Captain S M Miller.


14th January 2014

AIR RANK AND COMMAND APPOINTMENTS LIST 1.14

Air Commodore P J Beach MBE to be Typhoon Force Commander, Royal Air Force Coningsby in May 2014 in succession to Air Commodore G M Waterfall CBE, whose appointment as Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group has previously been announced.

Group Captain P J Grinsted OBE was promoted Air Commodore and appointed Head Unmanned Air Systems in Defence Equipment & Support on 10 January 2014 in succession to Air Commodore S C Gray OBE, whose appointment as Director Combat Air in Defence Equipment & Support has previously been announced.

Group Captain J J Attridge OBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Coningsby in August 2014 in succession to Group Captain J J Stringer.

Group Captain D G Bradshaw to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Leeming in December 2014 in succession to Group Captain S E Reeves.

Group Captain S A Paterson OBE to be Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Benson in October 2014 in succession to Group Captain N J Colman OBE.

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