Douglas Riding

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Douglas John Stuart Riding
Born (1943-05-06) 6 May 1943 (age 74)
Burwood, New South Wales
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1962–2000
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Vice Chief of the Defence Force (1998–00)
RAAF Base East Sale (1987–90)
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (United States)

Air Marshal Douglas John Stuart Riding AO, DFC (born 6 May 1943) is a retired senior Royal Australian Air Force commander and a former Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Riding was born in the Sydney suburb of Burwood, New South Wales, on 6 May 1943.[1][2] Following a secondary education at Manly Boys High School,[1] he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in June 1962 as an aircrew cadet,[3] and graduated as a pilot the following year.[1] He was posted for operational service during the Vietnam War for a tour from April–December 1969 with the United States Air Force's 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron.[2][3] As a result of his "gallant services in Vietnam", Riding was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.[4]

Riding was Officer Commanding RAAF Base East Sale from 1987 to 1990. During the 1990s, Riding held senior positions in the RAAF (Director-General Programs & Resource Management 1990–93; Director-General Defence Force Plans & Programs 1994–95; Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Materiel) 1995–97); and in July 1998 he was appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF). He retired from the RAAF in June 2000 at the end of his term as VCDF.[3] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2000.[5]

In November 2000 Riding was appointed a non-executive Director of BAE Systems Australia.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Air Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. RAAF Air Power Development Centre. Archived from the original on 1 June 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Riding, Douglas John Stuart". Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Media Release - Veteran's Entitlements
  4. ^ "No. 45106". The London Gazette. 22 May 1970. p. 5809. 
  5. ^ Officer of the Order of Australia
  6. ^ BAE Systems Australia Aviation Week November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2016-10-01
Military offices
Preceded by
Vice Admiral Chris Barrie
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Desmond Mueller