Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability

Air Marshal Sean Reynolds in service dress uniform next to an RAF aircraft

Air Marshal Sean Reynolds

CBE DFC RAF

The Air Member for Personnel and Capability (AMP&C) is the senior Royal Air Force officer who is responsible for personnel and capability matters.

He is in charge of all aspects of RAF capability, recruiting, training, career management, legal support and welfare including Medical and Chaplaincy.

"What’s not happening and what can I do to make it happen?"

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Air Marshal Sean Reynolds was appointed Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability in May 2016.

Commissioned at RAF College Cranwell in 1984 and following pilot training was posted to fly Chinooks on 7 Squadron at RAF Odiham. Shortly after joining the Squadron he was selected to join the Special Forces Flight as the first ever ab-initio.

On return from the 1991 Gulf War he attended the Central Flying School (Helicopters) where he qualified as a helicopter flying instructor before returning to the Special Forces Flight as the resident Qualified Helicopter Instructor. Promotion to Squadron Leader followed with a flight commander appointment on 18 Squadron in Germany where he formed and led 1310 Chinook Flight in support of NATO operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, receiving the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service.

Following promotion to Wing Commander, he spent four months in Bosnia as the Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter Force prior to attending the Joint Services Command and Staff College. On completion of this course he commanded No 27 Squadron, at RAF Odiham. During this time he led the Squadron on operational deployments to Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the OBE and latterly to Iraq. On his return from Iraq he became the Personal Staff Officer to the 4* Commander-in-Chief of Strike Command.

He has three grown up sons and is married to Lindy.  Away from the RAF he is still passionate about flying and is the President of the RAF Gliding & Soaring association, is the CFI of his gliding club and instructs PPL students on civilian helicopters. As a qualified Day Skipper, and keen dinghy sailor, he is also President of the RAF Sailing Association, making him the only Admiral in the RAF.

Career history

1984 – Commissioned at RAF College Cranwell

1991 – Gulf War

He flew a number of missions into Iraq for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

2005 – Promoted to Group Captain

He was appointed as Station Commander of RAF Odiham.

2008 – Promoted to Air Commodore

He was appointed as Head of Air Resources and Plans in the MoD.

2010 – Head of Strategy Management and the Equipment Plan

2013 – Appointed to Air Officer Commanding No 2 Group

On promotion to Air Vice-Marshal, he also held the position of Chief of Staff Operations Air Command.

2015 – Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

He was appointed Programme Director for their Aviation Services Business Unit

2016 – Appointed Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability

Honours

2008 - appointed CBE

2003 - appointed OBE

1996 - awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service

1991 - awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

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