Deputy Chief of Air Force (Australia)

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Deputy Chief of
Air Force
Incumbent
Air Vice Marshal Leo Davies

since January 2012
Style Air Vice Marshal

Deputy Chief of Air Force (DCAF) is the second most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Air Force, responsible to the Chief of Air Force (CAF). The rank associated with the position is Air Vice Marshal (2-star). DCAF acts as the manager of the Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ), which provides oversight of activities in the raising, training and sustaining of assigned RAAF capabilities. The position provides strategic leadership to the RAAF as a whole, as well as policy guidance in regard to Air Force activities to the rest of the Defence organisation and Government.[1] Before 1997 the position was entitled Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. The current Deputy Chief of Air Force is Air Vice Marshal Leo Davies.

Appointees[edit]

The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Deputy Chief of Air Force or its preceding position of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. The rank and honours are as at the completion of the commander's term.[2][3][4][5]

Rank Name Post-
Nominals
Term began Term ended
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
Air Commodore Bostock, WilliamWilliam Bostock OBE 1939 1941
Air Commodore McCauley, JohnJohn McCauley CBE 1942 1944
Air Commodore Bladin, FrankFrank Bladin CBE 1944 1946
Air Commodore McCauley, JohnJohn McCauley CBE 1946 1947
Air Commodore Scherger, FrederickFrederick Scherger CBEDSOAFC 1947 1951
Air Vice Marshal Hancock, ValstonValston Hancock OBEDFC 1951 1952
Air Vice Marshal Hely, WilliamWilliam Hely CBEAFC 1953 1955
Air Vice Marshal Candy, DouglasDouglas Candy CBE 1956 1958
Air Vice Marshal Murdoch, AlisterAlister Murdoch CBE 1958 1959
Air Vice Marshal McLachlan, IanIan McLachlan CBEDFC 1959 1961
Air Vice Marshal Hannah, ColinColin Hannah CBCBE 1961 1965
Air Vice Marshal Headlam, FrankFrank Headlam CBCBE 1965 1966
Air Vice Marshal Eaton, BrianBrian Eaton CBEDSO and BarDFC 1966 1967
Air Vice Marshal Townsend, WilliamWilliam Townsend CBE 1967 1969
Air Vice Marshal Read, CharlesCharles Read CBEDFCAFC 1970 1972
Air Vice Marshal Newstead, GeoffreyGeoffrey Newstead CBE 1972 1973
Air Vice Marshal Robey, FrederickFrederick Robey CBE 1973 1974
Air Vice Marshal Hurditch, DouglasDouglas Hurditch CBE 1974 1975
Air Vice Marshal McNamara, NevilleNeville McNamara AOCBEAFC 1975 1979
Air Vice Marshal Barnes, FrederickFrederick Barnes AODFCAFC 1979 1981
Air Vice Marshal Hughes, HenryHenry Hughes AODFC 1981 1983
Air Vice Marshal Newham, JohnJohn Newham AO 1983 1985
Air Vice Marshal Collings, BillieBillie Collings AOAFC 1985 1987
Air Vice Marshal Bradford, RichardRichard Bradford AO 1987 1990
Air Vice Marshal Radford, EdwardEdward Radford AO 1990 1990
Air Vice Marshal O'Brien, ThomasThomas O'Brien AOAFC 1990 1993
Air Vice Marshal Fisher, LesLes Fisher AO 1993 1994
Air Vice Marshal Rogers, DavidDavid Rogers AM 1994 1997
Deputy Chief of Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Richardson, RobertRobert Richardson AOAFC 1997 1997
Air Vice Marshal McCormack, ErrolErrol McCormack AM 1997 1998
Air Vice Marshal Espeland, BrentBrent Espeland AM 1998 1999
Air Vice Marshal Titheridge, AlanAlan Titheridge AO 1999 2001
Air Vice Marshal Spence, ChristopherChristopher Spence AO 2001 2004
Air Vice Marshal McLennan, RoxleyRoxley McLennan AM 2004 2005
Air Vice Marshal Blackburn, JohnJohn Blackburn AO 2005 2008
Air Vice Marshal Brown, GeoffGeoff Brown AM 2008 2011
Air Vice Marshal Hart, NeilNeil Hart 2011 2012
Air Vice Marshal Davies, LeoLeo Davies AOCSC 2012 Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ RAAF AFHQ Official website. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Air Chief Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Air Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Air Vice Marshals A–K". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Air Vice Marshals L–Z". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 

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