Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Coningsby
Group Captain J J Stringer MA RAF
Group Captain Johnny Stringer (44) was born in Sale, Cheshire and educated at Watford Boys' Grammar School and New College, Oxford. Johnny was sponsored by the RAF through both 6th Form and University, and after officer and pilot training, joined the Jaguar Force at RAF Coltishall in 1993. A Qualified Weapons Instructor, Johnny flew operationally over the Former Yugoslavia and enforced the Northern Iraq No Fly Zone. His staff experience includes tours in the Equipment Capability area, HQ 1 Group, and as Military Assistant to Director General Typhoon. From 2007 to 2009, Johnny commanded 29 Squadron, the Typhoon Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Coningsby; leaving on promotion, he spent 2 years as the senior airman in the J3 Division of the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood, supporting UK operations in Afghanistan, Libya and globally. He is a graduate of the UK Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses and holds Masters degrees from Oxford and KCL London. He returned to New College as a Trenchard Fellow in Autumn 2011 and assumed command of RAF Coningsby in October 2012. Johnny is married to Lisa and has two sons: James (15, nudging 25) and Henry (13). His interests include history, literature, food and drink, and cycling.