Air Marshal Andrew Turner


As Deputy Commander Capability of the Royal Air Force, Air Marshal Turner is responsible for delivering the RAF Strategy through people, equipment, digital, training, infrastructure and support to ensure the Service can deliver air and space power for the nation and project power and influence around the World.


Air Marshal Turner was born in 1967 and commissioned into the RAF in 1985.  He was educated at Kingswood School in Bath, the RAF College Cranwell and Bracknell, the Indian Staff College, the UK Higher Command and Staff College, the Royal College of Defence Studies and the UK Pinnacle and US Capstone courses.  He has studied at Oxford, Exeter, Kings College London, Chennai and the Open Universities earning a master’s degree in international Relations, a master’s degree in Strategic Studies and a first degree in Oceanography and Cosmology.

A helicopter pilot with 5100 flying hours, on 87 types of aircraft, 1850 of those on 22 operational tours in Northern Ireland, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, India, Albania, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  He has commanded 28 (AC) Squadron, RAF Odiham, the UK Merlin and UK Chinook Forces, the Special Forces Aviation Wing, the Puma Force in Kosovo, Merlin Force in Iraq, the Chinook, Apache, Lynx and Sea King Forces in Afghanistan and No 22 Group.  He has completed staff appointments in the UK MoD as the Director of Operations, strategic planning and media, Permanent Joint Headquarters as the head of military planning, Washington as CDS’ Liaison Officer and in brigade, division and corps headquarters. 

He holds Presidencies of No 1827 (Odiham) ATC Squadron, RAF Sports Parachute Association RAF Polo Association and UK Armed Forces Rowing Association; Vice Presidencies of the RAF Charitable Trust, RAF Rugby Union and RAF Club in Piccadilly; is an Upper Freeman of the Honorary Company of Air Pilots, Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Companion of the Chartered Management Institute; and an oarsman in the Upper Thames and RAF Rowing Clubs and a member of the mounted Light Cavalry in Windsor Great Park.

He was appointed as an Officer in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours and was promoted to Commander (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours. He was appointed a Companion in the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2019 New Year Honours.

Personal Statement for Diversity and Inclusion

I regard Diversity & Inclusion as essential elements of the Royal Air Force. Through both we will develop wisdom, increase insight and deepen our understanding of the World today. This will improve our decision-making and enhance our lethality as we confront the challenges ahead.

We must attract and nurture diversity through race, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/reassignment, marriage/civil partnership and pregnancy alongside increased socio-economic representation and greater cognitive diversity if our Service is to succeed and prosper. Visible and invisible Diversity will enrich our understanding of the World, broaden our insight into its challenges and widen our debates to allow us to make better decisions, build velocity and act more effectively as a Service. In parallel, Inclusivity allows us to harness the innate and collective power of our Whole Force. We will benefit from a sum greater than the parts and materially and cognitively mobilise the workforce through a real sense of worth and reward. Everyone’s intellect, perspective and cultural points of view are vital to the Service’s endeavours.

As the Royal Air Force Diversity & Inclusion Champion, I will deepen and broaden Diversity across the Service and extend and exploit Inclusivity across the Command. I am passionate about this and will be a strong advocate for both. I will lead our drive, set the direction, harness the network, direct the Champions and demand progress. I will seek out and reward positive behaviours and role models in order to inspire others and raise awareness of our successes. I will be an active and engaged ambassador with external organisations, which will help make our Service more accessible to minorities and enable us to learn from others.

Everyone matters, Everyday, Everywhere

Career history

1985 - Commissioned into the RAF
1987 - Operational survey - Kenya
1988 - Deployed to RAF Gütersloh 
1989 - Operation BANNER - Northern Ireland
1989 - Operations in Central America
1990 - Operation BANNER - Northern Ireland
1990 - Operation DESERT SHIELD/SABRE/STORM - Saudi Arabia/Iraq/Kuwait
1992 - Operation BANNER - Northern Ireland
1996 - Operation JOINT ENDEAVOUR - Bosnia
1999 - Operation ALLIED FORCE - Kosovo
1999 - Operation JOINT GUARD - Bosnia
2000 - Defence Services Staff College - India
2001 - Strategic Planning Group for the Ministry of Defence
2003 - Took command of 28 (AC) Squadron 
2004 - Operation JOINT FORGE - Bosnia
2005 - Operation TELIC - Iraq
2005 - Operation HERRICK - Afghanistan
2005 - Head of RAF Public Relations for the Ministry of Defence
2007 - Took command of RAF Odiham & UK Chinook Force 
2008 - Operation HERRICK - Afghanistan 
2011 - Became Head of Military Operational Planning - Permanent Joint Headquarters 
2011 - Operation HERRICK - Afghanistan
2012 - Operational surveys - Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia & Uganda
2012 - Operation HERRICK - Afghanistan
2013 - Became Liaison Officer Pentagon - Washington DC
2014 - Appointed Air Officer Commanding 22 Group
2017 - Appointed Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations)
2019 - Appointed Deputy Commander Capability and Air Member for Personnel & Capability


2003 - Appointed OBE

2010 - Appointed CBE

2019 - Appointed CB