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Air Marshal Mike Wigston

CBE

Deputy Commander Capability is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of all aspects of Royal Air Force capability including, people, equipment, infrastructure and training. He sits on the Air Force Board as the Air Member for Personnel and Capability.

Air and space power plays an enduring role ensuring the security and prosperity of the nation; our job today is to sustain and build the RAF into the future, a Next Generation Air Force with information as its lifeblood, integrated, innovative and potential unlocked.  A legacy we can be proud of.

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Air Marshal Mike Wigston was appointed Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel and Capability in August 2018.

Appointments in operational headquarters have included Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar, as the Chief of Combat Operations in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre; Basrah International Airport, Iraq as Commander 903 Expeditionary Air Wing; and one year in Afghanistan as the Director Air Operations in Headquarters ISAF Joint Command. He was appointed CBE in 2013 for his contribution to that mission.

Staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence have included Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff working for General Lord Richards and, from July 2013, for General Lord Houghton.  In January 2015, he was appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia and Commander British Forces Cyprus. In March 2017, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, responsible for the strategic coherence and coordination of the Royal Air Force, and oversight of the RAF100 centenary programme.

His education and training includes: reading engineering science at Oriel College, Oxford; the Advanced Command and Staff Course; an MA in defence studies from King’s College, London and the Higher Command and Staff Course.

Career history

1986 - Commissioned on a University Cadetship

1992 – Completed pilot training on Tornado GR1

This was followed by a succession of frontline tours, including operational deployments enforcing the no-fly zones in Iraq.

2005 – Assumed command of 12 (Bomber) Squadron

Flying the Tornado GR4 and leading the Squadron on two operational tours in Iraq and large force exercises in Canada, Malaysia and the USA.

2007 – Commander of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing in Iraq

Supporting a number of aircraft types such as Typhoon FGR4, Tornado GR4 and C130 Hercules.

2013 – Tornado Force Commander

2013 – Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff

Working for General Lord Richards and, from July 2013, for General Sir Nicholas Houghton after a short spell as the Tornado Force Commander.

2015 – Appointed Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

And Commander British Forces Cyprus, responsible for the civil governance of the Sovereign Base Areas and command of British forces based permanently in Cyprus.

2017 – Appointed Assistant Chief of Air Staff

2018 - Appointed Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability

Honours

2013 - Appointed CBE

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