|Ian Barrington "Barry" Gration|
|Born||30 June 1936
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1953 – 1994|
|Commands held||Chief of the Air Staff
RAAF Air Command
RAAF Base Richmond
RAAF Base Fairbairn
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Air Force Cross
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
|Relations||General Peter Gration (brother)|
Air Marshal Ian Barrington "Barry" Gration AO, AFC (born 30 June 1936) is a former senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff between 1992 and 1994.
Gration was educated at Scotch College Melbourne and joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1953, graduating with distinction from RAAF College, Point Cook in 1956 as a Pilot Officer, General Duties Branch.
He served in a variety of flying and staff appointments from 1957 including a tour as flying instructor. In 1965, Gration graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In June 1970, Squadron Leader Gration was awarded the Air Force Cross for his services to 34 Squadron as training officer and VIP captain.
He was subsequently appointed Station Commander at RAAF Base Fairbairn in the Australian Capital Territory, Director of Operations for the Air Force and then Station Commander at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales. He went on to be Director General Joint Operations and Plans at Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra and then Head of the Australian Defence Staff and Defence Attaché at the Australian Embassy in Washington D. C.
He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988. He also holds the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in recognition of his role in flying training and air transport.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||1988|
|Air Force Cross (AFC)||1970|
|Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star||for 40+ years of service|
|National Medal with 1 clasp||for 35 years of service|
|Australian Defence Medal||2006|
|Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air||1966|
- "Biography". Military History Society of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- The London Gazette: . 13 June 1970. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- It's an honour AO 13 June 1988
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 1966. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- It's an Honour AO 13 Jun 1988
- It's an Honour AFC 13 Jun 1970
- It's an Honour National Medal 14 Jul 1977
- It's an Honour National Medal Bar 11 Oct 1979
- It's an Honour QCVS in the Air 11 Jun 1966
Air Marshal Ray Funnell
|Chief of the Air Staff
Air Marshal Les Fisher
Air Vice Marshal Edward Radford
|Air Commander Australia
Air Vice Marshal Gary Beck