David Cousins

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Sir David Cousins
Allegiance United Kingdom
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

Air Chief Marshal Sir David Cousins, KCB, AFC is a retired senior Royal Air Force (RAF) commander.

RAF career[edit]

Cousins joined the RAF in 1961 and spent three years at Royal Air Force College Cranwell.[1] 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.[1] In 1983 he became Station Commander at RAF Laarbruch, home to two RAF Squadrons flying Jaguars and Tornados.[2]

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.[1] 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.[3]

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.[1] He has also served as the controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund.[1]


He is married to Maggie. He has three children.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
R M Austin
Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell
Succeeded by
A J Stables
Preceded by
J A G May
Air Officer Commanding No. 38 Group
Succeeded by
David Hurrell
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Wilson
Commander-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command
Air Member for Personnel

Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Bagnall