Ray Lock

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Ray Lock
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Air Force
Years of service 1977–2012
Rank Air vice-marshal
Commands held RAF Lyneham
Battles/wars Operation Desert Storm
Operation Telic
Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer who served as commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

RAF career[edit]

Educated at Glyn Grammar School and the University of Bristol, Lock joined the Royal Air Force in 1977.[1] He flew combat missions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.[1][2] He was appointed commander of the RAF detachment at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait in 2000 and station commander at RAF Lyneham in 2002.[1] In 2003 he reopened the International Airport at Basra as part of Operation Telic.[1] He went on to be deputy assistant chief of staff at Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood in 2004, air operations director at the Combined Air Operations Centre in Al Udeid in Qatar in 2005 and assistant chief of staff at RAF Strike Command in 2006.[1] He was made commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2010.[1]

Post-RAF career[edit]

Lock became chief executive of the Forces in Mind Trust in December 2012.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Churchdown in Gloucestershire.[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Graham Binns
Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College
Succeeded by
James Morse