|Leslie Bruce Fisher|
16 June 1941 |
Parkes, New South Wales
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1960–1998|
|Commands held||Chief of Air Force (1994–98)
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (1993–94)
Maritime Patrol Group (1987–90)
Tactical Transport Group (1987)
RAAF Base Townsville (1986–87)
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Australia
Legion of Merit (United States)
|Other work||Deputy Chairman Airservices Australia|
Fisher joined the RAAF in January 1960 and completed navigator training in 1961. Later qualifying as a pilot in 1965, he accumulated more than 5000 hours over four operational flying tours in maritime patrol squadrons.
In 1976 he was posted on exchange duty with the United States Navy at Moffett Field, California as the Plans and Readiness Officer for Commander, Patrol Wings Pacific. For his achievements in the post, he received a letter of Commendation from the United States Secretary of the Navy.
From 1982 until 1986 Fisher served as the Director Joint Planning at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters before being appointed Commander Tactical Transport Group in 1987. He flew the first Orion P-3 from America to Australia.
Fisher returned to RAAF Base Edinburgh in 1987 as Commander Maritime Patrol Group, and then served as the Commandant Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre between 1990 and 1991. In 1992 he was promoted to the role of Assistant Chief, Defence Force for Operations. Fisher was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1993 Queens Birthday Honours List, in recognition of service to the RAAF and the ADF.
In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Air Staff and then promoted to air marshal in 1994 on appointment as the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). Fisher headed the RAAF from 1994 to 1998, served as the last CAS and the first Chief of Air Force (CAF), the change of name occurring in February 1997. Fisher instituted a policy requiring staff to meet minimum physical fitness standards to remain in the service, for the first time in Air Force history. He held the position during a period of significant restructuring until his retirement in 1998. He was awarded the United States Legion of Merit during his time commanding the RAAF.
Fisher and Sir Laurence Street reviewed the reformed military justice system following implementation of the 2005 Senate Committee Report into the Effectiveness of Australia's Military Justice System.
Fisher now consults to the aviation industry and government and has been the Chairman of Aerospace Australia since 2002. He is a member of the CAE Australia Advisory Board; a board member of the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Foundation and the Defence South Australia Advisory Board.
- Former Chiefs of the Air Force retrieved 22 June 2010
- “Who’s Who in Australia 2010” Crown Content, 2010, p754
- Defence Media Release dated 4 May 1998
- It's an Honour Fisher AM 26 January 1988 retrieved 22 Jun 2010
- It's an Honour Fisher AO 13 June 1993 retrieved 22 Jun 2010
- Press Release Minister for Transport and Regional Services 16 December 2004
- Independent Review on the Health of The Reformed Military Justice System
- Aerospace Australia Home Page retrieved 22 Jun 2010
- Defence SA Advisory Board retrieved 22 Jun 2010
Replaced position of Chief of the Air Staff
|Chief of Air Force
Air Marshal Errol McCormack
Air Marshal Barry Gration
|Chief of the Air Staff
Position replaced by Chief of Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Thomas O'Brien
|Deputy Chief of the Air Staff
Air Vice Marshal David Rogers