|Geoffrey David Shepherd|
Air Marshal Shepherd on board the USS Kitty Hawk
24 January 1952 |
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1971–2008|
|Commands held||Chief of Air Force (2005–08)
RAAF Air Command (2003–05)
No. 82 Wing (1995–98)
No. 6 Squadron (1991–93)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Commander of the National Order of Merit (France)
Shepherd commenced his RAAF service with the 1971 RAAF Academy intake, graduating in December 1974 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree from the University of Melbourne followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Military Aviation.
He had operational flying tours on Mirage III fighter aircraft at RAAF Base Butterworth in Malaysia, the F-111 strike bomber at RAAF Base Amberley, both as a line pilot and as the Training Flight Commander and as a flying instructor at No 1 Flying Training School RAAF Base Point Cook. He has approximately 4500 flying hours, including 2500 hours in the F-111.
He has held staff appointments at 82 Wing (F-111) HQ, as the Assistant Defence Adviser at the Australian High Commission in Singapore, and in Force Development in the field of capability analysis. He also undertook staff training at the Joint Services Staff College.
He was promoted to air commodore on 1 December 1998 and served two years as the Chief of Staff at HQ Air Command. He was the Director General Operations at the Defence Signals Directorate from January 2001 until October 2002, when he moved on to become Director-General Joint Operations and Plans in Strategic Operations Division.
On 23 May 2005, the Minister for Defence announced that, upon promotion to air marshal (as of 4 July 2005), Shepherd would succeed Angus Houston as the Chief of Air Force (CAF). In June 2006 he was elevated to Officer of the Order of Australia.
On 4 July 2008 his 37-year career in the RAAF came to an end with his retirement. His last official function was to be the Reviewing Officer of the Officer Training School Graduation Parade, held at RAAF Base East Sale, however due to unwanted weather conditions the Parade was cancelled. He was given one final stairway guard by the young men and women of the Australian Air Force Cadets, who were on a camp at RAAF Base East Sale at the time.
He was succeeded as CAF by Air Marshal Mark Binskin.
He attended Brisbane State High School.
He is married to Anne, with whom he has two sons. His interests include gardening, rugby league football, travelling and understanding other cultures.
Honours and awards
|Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)||(2006)|
|Member of the Order of Australia (AM)||(2000)|
|Australian Service Medal||with SE ASIA clasp|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
|Commander of the Legion of Merit (United States)||18 January 2007|
|Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)||8 May 2007|
|Commander of the National Order of Merit (France)||2015|
- It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia – 26 January 2000
Citation: For exceptional service to the Royal Australian Air Force in the field of Operations, particularly as the Officer Commanding of Number 82 Wing.
- It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia – 12 June 2006
Citation: For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
- Shepherd, Geoffrey (19 March 2007). "CAF Closing Address" (PDF). 2007 Air Show Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2007.
- "Australian Air Chief visits Bolling". Bolling Air Force Base. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
- "Australian Chief of Air Force Receives Prestigious Military Medal". MINDEF Singapore News Releases. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007.
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Air Marshal Angus Houston
|Chief of Air Force
Air Marshal Mark Binskin
Air Vice Marshal John Kindler
|Air Commander Australia
Air Vice Marshal John Quaife