Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Coningsby
Group Captain Martin Sampson DSO MA RAF
Group Captain Martin Sampson joined the
Royal Air Force in 1986 as a pilot, realising his childhood ambition.
He has amassed over 3000 hours flying on the Hawk, Jaguar and Harrier aircraft and flown operationally over the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. For operations commanding his Squadron in Afghanistan he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
Interspersed with this he has completed staff appointments at
RAF Boscombe Down and the Ministry of Defence and an exchange tour in the USA with the US Marine Corps.
Group Captain Sampson assumed his appointment as Station Commander RAF Coningsby on 10 December 2010.