|Sir David Cousins|
|Service/branch||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1961–98|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Personnel and Training Command (1995–98)
No. 38 (Transport) Group (1994)
RAF College Cranwell (1992–94)
RAF Laarbruch (1983–85)
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Air Force Cross
Cousins joined the RAF in 1961 and spent three years at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He then had a number of operational flying tours, initially flying Lightnings in the air defence role in the UK and RAF Germany and then Buccaneers for RAF Germany. In 1983 he became Station Commander at RAF Laarbruch, home to two RAF Squadrons flying Jaguars and Tornados.
He then held a number of staff appointments in air plans, operational requirements and operations. Following attendance at the Royal College of Defence Studies, he held a number of senior air rank positions on the Air Staff at the Ministry of Defence, in the MoD Procurement Executive, as Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and, from 1994, as Air Officer Commanding No. 38 (Transport) Group. He was appointed Air Member for Personnel on the Air Force Board and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command in May 1995 and served in that role until he retired in August 1998.
Cousins has served as Honorary Air Commodore of No. 7630 (Volunteer Reserve) Intelligence Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force since August 2008: the unit provides support for intelligence analysis and briefings. He has also served as the controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
He is married to Maggie. He has three children.
- Appointment of new Honorary Air Commodore Air Force News
- Laarbruch Museum News, June 2010
- Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – RAF Home Commands formed between 1958 – 2002 Archived 5 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
R M Austin
|Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell
A J Stables
J A G May
|Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group
Sir Andrew Wilson
|Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Air Member for Personnel
Sir Anthony Bagnall