Thomas Kennedy (RAF officer)
Sir Thomas Kennedy
|Born||19 May 1928|
|Died||18 November 2013(aged 85)|
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1946–86|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Air Member for Personnel (1983–86)|
Royal Air Force Germany (1981–83)
RAF Brize Norton (1970–71)
No. 99 Squadron (1965–67)
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Air Force Cross & Bar
Air Chief Marshal Sir Thomas Lawrie "Jock" Kennedy, GCB, AFC & Bar, DL (19 May 1928 – 18 November 2013) was a senior Royal Air Force officer. He served as Deputy Commander of RAF Strike Command from 1979 to 1981, and Air Member for Personnel from 1983 to 1986. Following his retirement from the military, he served as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland.
In April 1946, Kennedy joined the Royal Air Force as an airman as part of his National Service. He served for six months before being selected for officer training. Having attended Royal Air Force College Cranwell, he was commissioned on 8 April 1949 as a pilot officer. He was awarded the Philip Sassoon Memorial Trophy for best all-round cadet at Cranwell. He was promoted to flying officer on 9 April 1950 with seniority from 8 April 1949, and to flight lieutenant on 8 October 1951. In the 1953 Coronation Honours, Kennedy was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC).
Kennedy was appointed Deputy Commandant of the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1971, Director of Air Support Operations in 1973 and Air Officer Commanding No. 18 Group in 1977. He went on to be Deputy Commander-in-Chief, RAF Strike Command in 1979 and was appointed to the combined posts of Commander-in-Chief Royal Air Force Germany and Commander Second Tactical Air Force in 1981. His last appointment was as Air Member for Personnel in 1983 before retiring in 1986.
He died on 18 November 2013.
In 1959, Kennedy married Margaret Ann Parker. Together they had three children: one son and two daughters.
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Sir Robert Freer
| Deputy Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Sir Peter Bairsto
Sir Peter Terry
| Commander-in-Chief RAF Germany
Also Commander of the Second Tactical Air Force
Sir Patrick Hine
Sir Charles Ness
| Air Member for Personnel
Sir Anthony Skingsley