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18 May 2011

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It is with deep regret that we announce the sad and sudden death of Air Commodore Christopher Green, Commandant Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering and Station Commander RAF Cosford.

Air Commodore Christopher Green

Air Commodore Green passed away during the night of 16/17 May 2011; he was aged 52. Throughout his time at Cosford he was unswervingly supported in his duties by his long-standing partner, Jane.

Chris was an extremely popular Station Commander, combining outstanding professionalism with a genuinely caring nature which translated into deep concern for the personnel working and training at Cosford. A thoroughly sociable and amiable character with a deep fondness, pride and affection for the Royal Air Force, Chris will be remembered not only as a dynamic, empathetic and successful leader of ‘his troops’ but also as a man with ahuge personality and zest for life. His death is a great loss to his family, his many friends and colleagues. The acting Station Commander, Group Captain Jamie Johnston said,

The death of the Station Commander has brought a void to the Station which will be extremely difficult to fill. Chris was a loyal, dedicated and enormously well respected and liked individual. The sympathy of all the personnel at RAF Cosford, the College and the wider Air Force goes out to Jane and Chris’ family on what is a very sad day for the Service.”

Air Vice-Marshal Mark Green, Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group, said:

“We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Chris; I know that this news will be deeply distressing to all of those that know him as he was an outstanding Officer, Station Commander and Commandant of DCAE and consequently had many friends and colleagues who held him in very high regard. Equally through his engagement with the local Shropshire community on behalf of the Military and more specifically the personnel of RAF Cosford, he had generated an extremely strong bond with many groups and individuals within the County; I have no doubt that they will equally share in our grief.

Despite the obvious success that he had achieved in his career, he remained absolutely committed to achieving the very best for his people and their families whether they be the newest of trainees or the most experienced of Servicemen. He was the ultimate people person with the moral courage to do the right thing together with an infectious enthusiasm for life and the Service that rubbed off on all those with whom he came into contact.

Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time; there is no doubt that RAF has lost an officer and a friend of the highest calibre.”

Details of funeral arrangements, etc, will be notified in due course.

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