Deputy Chief of Air Force (Australia)
Deputy Chief of
Style Air Vice Marshal
Deputy Chief of Air Force (DCAF) is the second most senior appointment in the Royal Australian Air Force, responsible to the Chief of Air Force (CAF). The rank associated with the position is Air Vice Marshal (2-star). DCAF acts as the manager of the Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ), which provides oversight of activities in the raising, training and sustaining of assigned RAAF capabilities. The position provides strategic leadership to the RAAF as a whole, as well as policy guidance in regard to Air Force activities to the rest of the Defence organisation and Government. Before 1997 the position was entitled Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. The current Deputy Chief of Air Force is Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart.
The following list chronologically records those who have held the post of Deputy Chief of Air Force or its preceding position of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. The rank and honours are as at the completion of the commander's term.
Rank Name Post-
Term began Term ended Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Air Commodore William Bostock OBE 1939 1941 Air Commodore John McCauley CBE 1942 1944 Air Commodore Frank Bladin CBE 1944 1946 Air Commodore John McCauley CBE 1946 1947 Air Commodore Frederick Scherger CBE, DSO, AFC 1947 1951 Air Vice Marshal Valston Hancock OBE, DFC 1951 1952 Air Vice Marshal William Hely CBE, AFC 1953 1955 Air Vice Marshal Douglas Candy CBE 1956 1958 Air Vice Marshal Alister Murdoch CBE 1958 1959 Air Vice Marshal Ian McLachlan CBE, DFC 1959 1961 Air Vice Marshal Colin Hannah CB, CBE 1961 1965 Air Vice Marshal Frank Headlam CB, CBE 1965 1966 Air Vice Marshal Brian Eaton CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC 1966 1967 Air Vice Marshal William Townsend CBE 1967 1969 Air Vice Marshal Charles Read CBE, DFC, AFC 1970 1972 Air Vice Marshal Geoffrey Newstead CBE 1972 1973 Air Vice Marshal Frederick Robey CBE 1973 1974 Air Vice Marshal Douglas Hurditch CBE 1974 1975 Air Vice Marshal Neville McNamara AO, CBE, AFC 1975 1979 Air Vice Marshal Frederick Barnes AO, DFC, AFC 1979 1981 Air Vice Marshal Henry Hughes AO, DFC 1981 1983 Air Vice Marshal John Newham AO 1983 1985 Air Vice Marshal Billie Collings AO, AFC 1985 1987 Air Vice Marshal Richard Bradford AO 1987 1990 Air Vice Marshal Edward Radford AO 1990 1990 Air Vice Marshal Thomas O'Brien AO, AFC 1990 1993 Air Vice Marshal Les Fisher AO 1993 1994 Air Vice Marshal David Rogers AM 1994 1997 Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Vice Marshal Robert Richardson AO, AFC 1997 1997 Air Vice Marshal Errol McCormack AM 1997 1998 Air Vice Marshal Brenton Espeland AM 1998 1999 Air Vice Marshal Alan Titheridge AO 1999 2001 Air Vice Marshal Christopher Spence AO 2001 2004 Air Vice Marshal Roxley McLennan AM 2004 2005 Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn AO 2005 2008 Air Vice Marshal Geoff Brown AM 2008 2011 Air Vice Marshal Neil Hart 2011 Incumbent
- ^ RAAF AFHQ Official website. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- ^ "Air Chief Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/Contents/About-APDC/About-APDC/Office-of-Air-Force-History/Air-Chief-Marshals/132/Air-Chief-Marshals.aspx. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- ^ "Air Marshals". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/Contents/About-APDC/About-APDC/Office-of-Air-Force-History/Air-Marshals-of-the-RAAF/134/Air-Marshals.aspx. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- ^ "Air Vice Marshals A–K". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/Contents/About-APDC/About-APDC/Office-of-Air-Force-History/Air-Marshals-of-the-RAAF/135/Air-Vice-Marshals-A-K.aspx. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
- ^ "Air Vice Marshals L–Z". Air Marshals of the RAAF. Royal Australian Air Force Air Power Development Centre. http://airpower.airforce.gov.au/Contents/About-APDC/About-APDC/Office-of-Air-Force-History/Air-Marshals-of-the-RAAF/137/Air-Vice-Marshals-L-Z.aspx. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
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