Michael Stear

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Sir Michael James Douglas Stear
Born (1938-10-11) 11 October 1938 (age 75)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1962–1996
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held No. 18 Group
No. 11 Group
RAF Gutersloh
No. 56 Squadron
No. 17 Squadron
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael James Douglas Stear KCBCBE (born 11 October 1938)[1] is a retired senior commander of the Royal Air Force (RAF). He served as Deputy Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe from 1992 to 1996.

Educated at Monkton Combe School in Somerset, Stear began his National Service in 1957. In 1959, he attended Cambridge University where he joined the Cambridge University Air Squadron (part of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve). After completing his degree, he joined the Royal Air Force in 1962. His career was then as follows:

Stear was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in 1969, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1990.

Stear retired from the RAF in 1996,[6] and maintained his links with the Air Force by becoming President of the Royal Air Forces Association in 1998. In 2000, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the County of Devon.[7]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Barry Duxbury
Air Officer Commanding No. 18 Group
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Sir John Harris
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Skingsley
Deputy Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Christopher Coville