Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer


The Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer (CASWO) is the senior warrant officer of the Royal Air Force.

The person holding this appointment advises the Chief of the Air Staff on matters concerning airmen and airwoman of the RAF. The post was created in 1998

Warrant Officer Graeme Spark RAFP

Chief of the air staff's warrant officerWarrant Officer Graeme Spark joined the Royal Air Force in 1985, undergoing his airman and trade training as a RAF Police NCO at RAF Swinderby and Newton respectively.

On completion he was posted to RAF Binbrook and after deployments to Cyprus and Gibraltar he was posted to RAF Scampton. He then went on to serve at RAF Buchan, RAF Biggin Hill, RAFC Cranwell, RAF Newton, RAF Kinloss and RAF Boulmer. He has also been employed during operational deployments within Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was promoted to Flight Sergeant in 2002 and posted to the RAF Police School where he was selected to deliver Provost Officer Phase 2 training and security elements on a number of other officer courses. In 2003 he was employed on OP NOVELTY in support of the protection of USAF air assets. During this year he was also employed with the Defence Advisory Team in West Africa delivering mentoring and training and with the European Air Group delivering Force Protection awareness.

In 2005, he worked as the RAF Police SME for the analysis of police and security operational performance requirements delivering products on behalf of and reporting to the RAF Police Branch and Trade Sponsor. In Jan 2007, he was posted on promotion to Warrant Officer to the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre at Chicksands.

In Jan 2008 he volunteered for employment as the Wing WO No. 3 (Tactical) Police Wing where he was responsible for over 200 regular and reservist personnel. At a time of unprecedented operational activity he was actively engaged in many areas of RAF Police operations in support of OP TELIC and OP HERRICK including the selection, training and preparation of personnel for operational police mentoring, close protection, counter IED and Force Protection duties.

Following selection for Station Warrant Officer duties he was posted to RAF Leeming as the Station Warrant Officer in Jun 10. He was chosen as the Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer in Sep 11 and took up the appointment in Feb 2012.

He is married to Fiona, a Pharmaceutical Manager and has 2 daughters Harriet and Grace who both attend Stamford Girls School. Away from his duties he enjoys fitness training, adventurous training and most sports, in particular rugby union.


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