Errol McCormack

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Errol John McCormack
Born (1941-08-30) 30 August 1941 (age 73)
Bundaberg, Queensland
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1962–2001
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Chief of Air Force (1998–01)
Deputy Chief of Air Force (1997–98)
Integrated Air Defence System (1995–97)
No. 82 Wing (1986–88)
No. 1 Squadron (1977–79)
Battles/wars Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia

Air Marshal Errol John McCormack AO (born 30 August 1941) is a retired senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), who served as Chief of Air Force from May 1998 to June 2001.

Early life[edit]

McCormack was born in Bundaberg, Queensland, on 30 August 1941 to Horace McCormack and his wife Ida (née Wooldridge). He was educated at Bundaberg State High School.[1]

Service career[edit]

McCormack was commissioned in 1963 and served in Malaysia and Singapore during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation,[2] and subsequently took part in the Vietnam War.[3] He served as commanding officer of No. 1 Squadron RAAF in the 1980s.[2] He was made commanding officer of No. 82 Wing RAAF in 1987, Director General Force Development Air at Headquarters, Australian Defence Force in Canberra in 1989 and Air Attaché in Washington D. C. in 1993.[4] In 1995 he became Commander for the Integrated Air Defence System at Butterworth in Malaysia.[4]

He was appointed Deputy Chief of Air Force in 1997 and Chief of Air Force in May 1998 before he retired in 2001.[5] In retirement he became Chairman of Chemring Australia Pty Ltd.[4]

He became an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998.[6]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg

Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png DFSM with Rosette x 4.png

National Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png Pingat Jasa Malaysia ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1998[7]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 1993[8]
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
Vietnam Medal ribbon.png Vietnam Medal
Australian Service Medal 1945-1975 ribbon.png Australian Service Medal 1945-1975
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2001[9]
DFSM with Rosette x 4.png Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps for 35–39 years of service
National Medal (Australia) ribbon.png National Medal for 15 years of service[10]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal 2006
Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon.png Vietnam Campaign Medal (South Vietnam)
Pingat Jasa Malaysia ribbon.png Pingat Jasa Malaysia (Malaysia) 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Marshal Errol John McCormack". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Department of Defense – Senior Military Appointments
  3. ^ Vietnam War Nominal Roll – McCormack, Errol John
  4. ^ a b c Australian Industry & Defence Network
  5. ^ Air Force News – Air Marshal Errol J. McCormack – RAAF Service 1962–2001
  6. ^ Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), 8 June 1998, It's an honour
  7. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 8 June 1998
  8. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 26 January 1993
  9. ^ It's an Honour – Centenary Medal – 1 January 2001
  10. ^ It's an Honour – National Medal – 15 November 1977
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal Les Fisher
Chief of Air Force
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Angus Houston
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Robert Richardson
Deputy Chief of Air Force
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Brent Espeland