RAF Air Command

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Headquarters Air Command
File:RAF Air Command.png
Air Command Badge
Founded 1 April 2007
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Location RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Motto Fortis Ubique Volantis (Flying Bravely Everywhere)

Headquarters Air Command is the only Command currently active in the Royal Air Force. It was formed by the merger of Royal Air Force Strike and Personnel and Training Commands on 1 April 2007, and has its headquarters at RAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.[1] The equivalent in the Royal Navy is Navy Command Headquarters at Portsmouth and the equivalent in the British Army is Army Headquarters at Andover.

Command structure

Air Command is commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff. Formerly, it was under a four-star Air Chief Marshal, Commander-in-Chief, Air Command, but this structure was discontinued due to the 2011 Levine Report.[2] There are two Deputy Commanders of Air Marshal rank. The Deputy Commander (Operations) has responsibility for the two Groups inherited from Strike Command, No. 1 Group and No. 2 Group; the Deputy Commander (Personnel) has responsibility for the Group inherited from Personnel and Training Command, No. 22 (Training) Group. There is also No. 38 Group, which brings together the RAF’s Engineering, Logistics, Communications and Medical Operations units. The Deputy Commander (Operations) acts as the Deputy to the CAS and oversees day-to-day operations [3]

Deputy Commanders (Operations)

Deputy Commanders-in-Chief (Operations)

  • Air Marshal I W McNicoll CB CBE, 26 February 2007[4] – 13 April 2010 (appointed as DC-in-C Strike Command)
  • Air Marshal R F Garwood CB CBE DFC, 14 April 2010[5][6] to Spring 2012

Deputy Commanders (Operations)

  • Air Marshal R F Garwood CB CBE DFC, Spring 2012 to April 2013
  • Air Marshal G J Bagwell CB CBE, 16 April 2013 to June 2016[7]
  • Air Marshal S D Atha CB DSO, June 2016 to present

Deputy Commanders (Personnel)

This appointment is held concurrently with the Air Member for Personnel.
Deputy Commanders-in-Chief (Personnel)

Deputy Commanders (Personnel)

Former Commanders-in-Chief (post discontinued in Spring 2012)


  1. RAF Command
  2. Defence Reform Report ("the Levene Report"), June 2011, para 7.7, page 35.
  3. Air Command senior, as of September 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 RAF Air Rank Appointments List 08/06 of 25 Sep 2006 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  5. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 02/10 of 31 Mar 2010 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 RAF Air Rank Appointments List 04/10 of 18 Jun 2010 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ups and outs July 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 14 July 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 01/07 of 16 Jan 2007 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 RAF Air Rank Appointments List 07/08 of 16 Oct 2008 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  10. "Senior appointments". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Announcement of ACM Moran's death retrieved 27 May 2010

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Preceded by
Strike Command
Air Command
Succeeded by
Command extant
Preceded by
Personnel and Training Command