Geoff Brown (RAAF officer)

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Geoffrey Charles Brown
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Air Marshal Geoff Brown (left) in November 2013
Born (1958-08-01) 1 August 1958 (age 56)
Clermont, Queensland
Allegiance  Australia
Service/branch  Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1980 – present
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Chief of Air Force (2011–)
Deputy Chief of Air Force (2008–11)
Air Combat Group (2006)
No. 82 Wing (2000–03)
No. 3 Squadron (1997–00)
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Legionnaire of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)

Air Marshal Geoffrey Charles "Geoff" Brown AO (born 1 August 1958) is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and the current Chief of Air Force.

Military career[edit]

After studying engineering, Brown joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1980.[1] He became Officer Commanding No. 3 Squadron in 1997 and Officer Commanding No. 82 Wing in 2000.[1] He commanded air transport operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 before becoming Officer Commanding Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Program Office later that year.[1] He became Commander of the Air Combat Group in 2006, Director General Capability Planning at Air Force Headquarters in 2007 and Deputy Chief of Air Force in 2008.[1]

Brown became Chief of Air Force in July 2011.[2][3][4] On 4 April 2014, it was announced that Brown would continue as the Chief of Air Force for an extra twelve months, to July 2015.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 26 January 2012[6]
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 27 November 2003[7]
Australian Active Service Medal ribbon.png Australian Active Service Medal
Iraq Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Iraq Medal
DFSM with Rosette x 3.png Defence Force Service Medal
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legionnaire in the Legion of Merit (United States) 30 July 2003[8]
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore) 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO". Royal Australian Air Force. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brown becomes CAF after RAAF command changeover ceremony". 1 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Blenkin, Max (1 July 2011). "RAAF rules the skies – and Russell". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Air Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  5. ^ AAP (4 July 2014). "Air Marshal Mark Binskin has been announced as the new head of the Australian defence force.". SBS News (Special Broadcasting Service). Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2012
    Citation: For exceptional performance of duty, particularly in regard to the development of the Australian Rules of Engagement and Targeting Directive, as the Commander Task Group 633.4, during Operation FALCONER.
  7. ^ It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 27 November 2003
    Citation: For distinguished service to the Royal Australian Air Force in senior command and staff appointments.
  8. ^ Air Force News – Legionnaire of the Legion of Merit – 20 July 2003
    Citation: Deftly balanced participation in coalition headquarters planning and utilisation functions with his responsibilities as wartime commander to supervise, control and direct Australian forces engaged in complex airspace operations

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Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
Chief of Air Force
2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn
Deputy Chief of Air Force
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart