Greg Bagwell

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Greg Bagwell
Born 6 October 1961
Dartford, Kent
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1981 -
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held No. 9 Squadron
RAF Marham
No. 1 Group
Battles/wars Operation Ellamy
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Marshal Gregory Jack Bagwell CB, CBE (born 6 October 1961) is Deputy Commander (Operations) at RAF Air Command.

RAF career[edit]

Entering the RAF as an aircraftman, Bagwell was commissioned an acting pilot officer on 24 July 1981, with the service number 8027917.[1] He was regraded to pilot officer the following 24 July, with the service number 8027917R.[2] He was promoted to flying officer on 24 July 1983 and to flight lieutenant on 24 January 1987.[3][4] He specialised as a weapons instructor.[5]

Bagwell was promoted to squadron leader on 1 July 1991.[6] He was promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1997 and became commanding Officer of No. 9 Squadron, serving in operations over Iraq and Kosovo.[7][5] Promoted to group captain on 1 July 2001, he went on to be Coalition Air Operations Chief at the Al Udeid Coalition Air Operations Centre in 2004 and then Station Commander of RAF Marham later that year.[5][8]

Achieving air officer rank on 1 July 2006 with a promotion to air commodore, Bagwell served as Assistant Chief of Staff, Crisis & Deliberate Planning at Permanent Joint Headquarters.[9] He then became Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in 2009 in which capacity he was deployed as the UK's Joint Force Air Component Commander for operations over Libya (Operation Ellamy).[10] On 23 March 2011, Bagwell was quoted by the BBC saying that the Libyan People's Air Force "no longer exists as a fighting force" and that Libyan air defences had been damaged to the extent that NATO forces could now operate over Libyan airspace "with impunity."[11]

Bagwell became Chief of Staff Joint Warfare Development at Permanent Joint Headquarters and then Director Joint Warfare at Joint Forces Command in 2011. He was appointed Deputy Commander (Operations) at RAF Air Command on 16 April 2013, with the rank of air marshal.[12][13]

Honours[edit]

Bagwell was appointed a Commander (Military Division) of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 Birthday Honours.[14] He was appointed a Companion (Military Division) of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 48716. p. 10932. 24 August 1981. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49090. p. 11088. 23 August 1982. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 49455. p. 11167. 22 August 1983. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 50841. p. 2477. 23 February 1987. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Air Marshal G J Bagwell CB CBE MSc RAF". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 52591. p. 10092. 1 July 1991. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54642. p. 217. 6 January 1997. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56261. p. 7818. 3 July 2001. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58034. p. 9068. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Libya update". UK Government. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Gaddafi's air force 'defeated'". BBC News. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ups and outs July 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60543. p. 11992. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58358. p. 6. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 2. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
Military offices
Preceded by
R F Garwood
Deputy Commander-in-Chief (Operations) RAF Air Command
2013–
Succeeded by
Incumbent