Ashley Stevenson

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Ashley David Stevenson
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Stevenson in 2007
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Rank Air Commodore
Unit 22 Gp
Commands held RAFC Cranwell
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan
RAF Wittering
3 (Fighter) Squadron
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct

Air Commodore Ashley David Stevenson CBE ADC is a senior serving Royal Air Force Officer and is a former Commandant of Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

Military career[edit]

Stevenson was commissioned into the Flying Branch as a Flying Officer from the ranks of the RAF on 25 February 1982.[1] He conducted his flying training in the USA on the T-37 and T-38 aircraft, completing using the Hawk in the UK.[2]

He was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct in 1992 for his actions in an ejection situation following a bird strike.[3]

As Officer Commanding No 3 (Fighter) Squadron, Wing Commander Stevenson commanded the detachment of Harrier GR.7 aircraft deployed during the Sierra Leone crisis,[4] the first operation conducted by the combined RAF/Royal Navy Joint Force Harrier.

Stevenson served as Station Commander RAF Wittering for two years and, on promotion to Air Commodore,[5] was appointed Air Commodore Force Development Headquarters in No 1 Group on 27 November 2006.[6]

Stevenson was appointed to the newly created NATO post of Commander Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan in July 2007.[7] He then became Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell and Director of Recruiting in April 2008.[8]

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[9]


Military offices
Preceded by
A F P Dezonie
Officer Commanding No 3 (Fighter) Squadron
1998 – 2000
Succeeded by
S D Atha
Preceded by
Station Commander RAF Wittering
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
R L A Atherton
Preceded by
R I McAlpine
Air Commodore Force Development Headquarters
2006 – 2007
Succeeded by
A J Sudlow
Preceded by
New Creation
Commander Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
R W Judson
Preceded by
R B Cunningham
Commandant RAFC Cranwell
2008 – present