|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1981 -|
|Commands held||No. 9 Squadron
No. 1 Group
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Bagwell joined the RAF in 1981 and specialised as a weapons instructor. He became commanding Officer of No. 9 Squadron and served in operations over Iraq and Kosovo. He went on to be Coalition Air Operations Chief at the Al Udeid Coalition Air Operations Centre in 2004 and then Station Commander of RAF Marham later that year. After serving as Assistant Chief of Staff, Crisis & Deliberate Planning at Permanent Joint Headquarters, he became Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 2009 in which capacity he was deployed as the UK's Joint Force Air Component Commander for operations over Libya (Operation Ellamy). On 23 March 2011, Bagwell was quoted by the BBC saying that the Libyan People's Air Force "no longer exists as a fighting force" and that Libyan air defences had been damaged to the extent that NATO forces could now operate over Libyan airspace "with impunity."
Bagwell became Chief of Staff Joint Warfare Development at Permanent Joint Headquarters and then Director Joint Warfare at Joint Forces Command in 2011 before being appointed Deputy Commander (Operations) at RAF Air Command in April 2013.
R F Garwood
|Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Operations) RAF Air Command