|Ian Barrington Gration|
30 June 1936 |
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1953–1994|
|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.
Gration was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 30 June 1936 to David Roy Gration and his wife Margaret (née Fleming). 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. Like his elder brother, Peter, Barry was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne.
He served in a variety of flying and staff appointments from 1957 including a tour as flying instructor. 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 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. 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.
Gration was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988. He also holds the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in recognition of his role in flying training and air transport.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||1988|
|Air Force Cross (AFC)||1970|
|Defence Force Service Medal with Federation Star||for 40+ years of service|
|National Medal with 1 clasp||for 35 years of service|
|Australian Defence Medal||2006|
|Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air||1966|
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- "Gration, David Roy" (PDF). First World War Embarkation Rolls. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Gration, David Roy". World War II Nominal Roll. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "General Peter Courtney Gration". Who's Who in Australia Online. Crown Content. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Biography". Military History Society of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- The London Gazette: . 13 June 1970. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- It's an honour AO 13 June 1988
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 1966. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
- It's an Honour AO 13 Jun 1988
- It's an Honour AFC 13 Jun 1970
- It's an Honour National Medal 14 Jul 1977
- It's an Honour National Medal Bar 11 Oct 1979
- It's an Honour QCVS in the Air 11 Jun 1966
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