David Walker (RAF officer)

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Not to be confused with David Allan Walker, also a high-ranking officer in the RAF.
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David Walker
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1978 – present
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 1 Group
RAF Cottesmore
No. 1 Squadron
Battles/wars Operation Veritas
Iraq War
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Air Force Cross

Air Marshal David Walker, CBCBEAFC is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He is currently the Deputy Commander, Allied Joint Force Command at Brunssum, in the Netherlands, having previously served for over three years as Deputy Commander, Allied Air Component Command at Ramstein in Germany. Prior to that appointment he was Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in the United Kingdom.

Education and personal[edit]

Educated at Bristol University (Bachelor of Science in Geography) and King's College London (Master of Arts in Defence Studies), Walker is undertaking a Portal Fellowship for a Doctor of Philosophy with King's College London at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

Service career[edit]

Walker was commissioned as a University Cadet in 1975,[1] being regraded as a pilot officer on graduation in 1978,[2] and then promoted to flying officer and flight lieutenant the following year.[3][4] He completed flying tours in Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom, flying the Harrier and F/A-18 Hornet,[5] being promoted to squadron leader in 1987,[6] and awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) in the following New Year Honours.[7] Promoted to wing commander in 1993,[8] Walker went on to command No. 1 Squadron, flying operational missions over Iraq and Bosnia, before becoming Military Assistant to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, serving the Honourable Nicholas Soames and then Dr John Reid.[5]

Walker was promoted to group captain in 1997,[9] and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1999, before taking command of RAF Cottesmore and the UK Harrier Force.[5] In 2001 he was posted to HQ No. 3 Group, spending most of that tour deployed overseas supporting operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom;[5] he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2002 New Year Honours.[10] Promoted to air commodore in 2002,[11] he took up the post of Assistant Chief of Staff J3 (Operations) in the Permanent Joint Headquarters,[12] with responsibility for the management of all United Kingdom expeditionary operations, but with his main focus being Operation Telic, the United Kingdom's contribution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.[5]

Promoted to air vice marshal and appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in October 2003,[13][14] Walker became responsible for the detailed handling of overall RAF policy, relations with NATO and other allies and the change agenda, being closely involved in the Eurofighter Typhoon programme.[5] In April 2005 Walker took command of No. 1 Group,[15] with responsibility for the RAF's fast jet forces. In April 2006 he also assumed responsibility for the RAF Support Helicopter Force contribution to the UK Joint Helicopter Command.[5]

In June 2007 Walker was promoted to air marshal[16] and appointed Deputy Commander, Allied Air Component Command at Ramstein.[17] In July 2010 he was appointed to co-lead the Joint US/NATO Ballistic Missile Defence Task Force, to develop Operational Concepts. Walker was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2011 New Year Honours,[18] and in March of that year he became Deputy Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum.[19]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 46721. p. 13544. 27 Oct 1975. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47632. p. 10619. 04 Sep 1978. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 47752. p. 991. 22 Jan 1979. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48001. p. 14243. 12 Nov 1979. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g JFC Biography – Dep Cmdr (includes photo) retrieved 17 Jun 2011
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50986. p. 8662. 06 Jul 1987. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51171. p. 24. 30 Dec 1987. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53363. p. 11374. 05 Jul 1993. Retrieved 21 Mar 2012.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54820. p. 7559. 30 Jun 1997. Retrieved 01 Apr 2012.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56430. pp. 4–6. 31 Dec 2001. Retrieved 01 Apr 2012.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56446. p. 179. 08 Jan 2002. Retrieved 01 Apr 2012.
  12. ^ gulabin.com Tri-Service Appointments p21 (Mar 2012) retrieved 02 Apr 2012
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57076. p. 12359. 07 Oct 2003. Retrieved 02 Apr 2012.
  14. ^ gulabin.com RAF Appointments p10 (Mar 2012) retrieved 02 Apr 2012
  15. ^ gulabin.com RAF Appointments p83 (Mar 2012) retrieved 02 Apr 2012
  16. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58387. p. 9907. 10 Jul 2007. Retrieved 02 Apr 2012.
  17. ^ RAF Air Rank Appointments List 04/07 of 2 May 2007 retrieved 17 Jun 2011
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59647. p. 2. 31 Dec 2010. Retrieved 02 Apr 2012.
  19. ^ RAF Air Rank Appointments List 09/10 of 17 Nov 2010 retrieved 17 Jun 2011
Military offices
Preceded by
Clive Loader
Chief of Staff Operations (J3),
Permanent Joint Headquarters

August 2002 – September 2003
Succeeded by
Alan Massey
Preceded by
Philip Sturley
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
October 2003 – April 2005
Succeeded by
Chris Moran
Preceded by
Chris Moran
Air Officer Commanding, No. 1 Group
April 2005 – June 2007
Succeeded by
Chris Harper
Preceded by
Lt Gen H Martin (Germany)
Deputy Commander,
Allied Air Component Command, Ramstein

June 2007 – July 2010
Succeeded by
F W Ploeger (Germany)
Preceded by
C N Harper
Deputy Commander,
Allied Joint Force Command, Brunssum

March 2011 – present