|Douglas John Stuart Riding|
6 May 1943 |
Burwood, New South Wales
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1962–2000|
|Commands held||Vice Chief of the Defence Force (1998–00)
RAAF Base East Sale (1987–90)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal (United States)
Riding was born in the Sydney suburb of Burwood, New South Wales, on 6 May 1943. Following a secondary education at Manly Boys High School, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in June 1962 as an aircrew cadet, and graduated as a pilot the following year. 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. As a result of his "gallant services in Vietnam", Riding was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2000.
- "Air Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. RAAF Air Power Development Centre. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- "Riding, Douglas John Stuart". Nominal Roll of Vietnam Veterans. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 22 May 1970. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
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