Barry Gration

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Ian Barrington Gration
Born (1936-06-30) 30 June 1936 (age 80)
Melbourne, Victoria
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1953–1994
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Chief of the Air Staff (1992–94)
RAAF Air Command (1990–92)
RAAF Base Richmond (1980–81)
RAAF Base Fairbairn (1975–76)
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Air Force Cross
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air
Relations General Peter Gration (brother)

Air Marshal Ian Barrington "Barry" Gration AO, AFC (born 30 June 1936) is a former senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), whose career culminated with his appointment as Chief of the Air Staff from 1992 to 1994.

Early life[edit]

Gration was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 30 June 1936 to David Roy Gration and his wife Margaret (née Fleming).[1] David, a dental mechanic, had served in the First World War as a sapper on the Western Front and later enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War, discharging with the rank of corporal in 1945.[2][3] Like his elder brother, Peter, Barry was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne.[4]

Service career[edit]

Gration joined the RAAF in 1953, graduating with distinction from RAAF College, Point Cook in 1956 as a pilot officer, General Duties Branch.[5]

He served in a variety of flying and staff appointments from 1957 including a tour as flying instructor.[5] In 1965, Gration graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In June 1970, Squadron Leader Gration was awarded the Air Force Cross[6] for his services to No. 34 Squadron as training officer and VIP captain.

He was subsequently appointed Station Commander at RAAF Base Fairbairn in the Australian Capital Territory, Director of Operations for the Air Force and then Station Commander at RAAF Base Richmond in New South Wales.[5] He went on to be Director General Joint Operations and Plans at Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Canberra and then Head of the Australian Defence Staff and Defence Attaché at the Australian Embassy in Washington D. C.[5]

He was appointed Air Commander Australia in 1990 and Chief of the Air Staff in 1992 before he retired from the RAAF in 1994.[5]

Gration was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988.[7] He also holds the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air[8] in recognition of his role in flying training and air transport.

His brother General Peter Gration was Chief of the Australian Defence Force.

Honours and awards[edit]

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png UK AFC ribbon.svg

Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png DFSM with Fed Star.png National Medal with Rosette.png Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png

Order of Australia (Military) ribbon.png Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 1988[9]
UK AFC ribbon.svg Air Force Cross (AFC) 1970[10]
Centenary Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Centenary Medal 2001
DFSM with Fed Star.png Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star for 40+ years of service
National Medal with Rosette.png National Medal with 1 clasp for 35 years of service[11][12]
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal 2006
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air 1966[13]


  1. ^ "Air Marshal Ian Barrington Gration". Who's Who in Australia Online. Crown Content. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gration, David Roy" (PDF). First World War Embarkation Rolls. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gration, David Roy". World War II Nominal Roll. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "General Peter Courtney Gration". Who's Who in Australia Online. Crown Content. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Military History Society of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "No. 45118". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1970. p. 6404. 
  7. ^ It's an honour AO 13 June 1988
  8. ^ "No. 44005". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 1966. p. 6569. 
  9. ^ It's an Honour AO 13 Jun 1988
  10. ^ It's an Honour AFC 13 Jun 1970
  11. ^ It's an Honour National Medal 14 Jul 1977
  12. ^ It's an Honour National Medal Bar 11 Oct 1979
  13. ^ It's an Honour QCVS in the Air 11 Jun 1966
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Marshal Ray Funnell
Chief of the Air Staff
Succeeded by
Air Marshal Les Fisher
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Edward Radford
Air Commander Australia
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Gary Beck