Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR February 2011 Contents Asia Pacific Defence Reporter | 39
THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE SENIOR LEADERSHIP GROUP
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL ANGUS HOUSTON, AC, AFC CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE
Angus Houston joined the RAAF as a cadet pilot in 1970. He spent the early part of his career flying Iroquois
helicopters in various parts of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
He is a qualified Flight Instructor and completed several instructional tours on Macchi, BAC Strikemaster and
Iroquois aircraft in the late 1970s. He also served on exchange with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)
and in1979 was posted to Hill Air Force Base, Utah for exchange duties with a US Air Force helicopter unit.
Air Chief Marshal Houston has wide staff experience having served on the Joint Operations staff at
Headquarters Australian Defence during the Gulf crisis of 1990-1991. He was the Director Air Force Policy during 1992-1993
where he negotiated the establishment of the RSAF Flying School at RAAF Base Pearce. He also served at Headquarters
Australian Theatre from 1997-1999 as Chief of Staff, and Head Strategic Command from 2000-2001.
He was promoted to Air Chief Marshal and assumed his current appointment as Chief of the Defence Force on 4th July 2005 after four years as
Chief of Air Force.
AIR MARSHAL MARK BINSKIN, AO
CHIEF OF AIR FORCE
Air Marshal Mark Binskin joined the Royal
Australian Air Force in 1984 after an initial period
of service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Air Marshal Binskin’s flying tours include No 2
Operational Conversion Unit and No 77 Squadron
at Williamtown, NSW flying Mirage and F/A-18
Hornet aircraft; training on F/A-18 aircraft with
the United States Navy at VFA-125 at Lemoore,
California; instructing on F-16C aircraft with the United States Air Force
at 314 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, USAF at Luke AFB, Arizona;
and No 75 Squadron at Tindal, Northern Territory flying F/A-18 aircraft.
Air Marshal Binskin’s flying qualifications include Fighter Combat
Instructor and Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot. Additionally, he has served
as the RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Demonstration Pilot.
AIR MARSHAL JOHN HARVEY, AM
CHIEF OF CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT
Air Marshal John Harvey joined the RAAF in 1977.
After completing navigator training at East Sale he
was posted to Canberra aircraft at RAAF Amberley.
Other tours have included F-111, Joint
Intelligence Organisation, Flight Test Director
of the F-111 Avionics Update Project in the USA,
Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence
Studies Centre at the Australian National University and Defence
Attaché Southern Europe, Rome.
In 2008, Air Marshal Harvey was made a Member of the Order
of Australia for his service as Program Manager, New Air Combat
Capability and was promoted to Chief Capability Development Group
in October 2010.
OF AIR FORCE
joined the Air
Force in 1980 after
completing an engineering degree. He is
a graduate of No 111 Pilots Course, RAAF
Staff College and CDSS.
He has flown Chinooks, Macchis,
F/A-18 Hornets and F-111. His staff jobs
have included SO Operational Evaluation
HQAC, OC AEW&C, and Director General
Capability Plans AFHQ.
He has commanded 3SQN, 82WG, Air
Combat Group and the Australian Forces
in Operation Iraqi Freedom for which he
was awarded the Order of Australia and a
Legion of Merit.
Air Vice-Marshal Brown was appointed
as Deputy Chief of Air Force on 30 June
DEEBLE AM, CSC
Deeble was born
in Sydney in 1957 and joined the RAAF in
1979 with a Bachelor of Science from Sydney
University. Graduating as a Navigator, he
briefly flew Canberras before being posted
to fly F-111s, accumulating 2,500 operational
flying hours in all. He also served on the staff
of Australian Defence Force Academy and as
a project officer on the F-111 Avionics Update
Following senior staff appointments
in Air Force Headquarters and Capability
Development Group, AVM Deeble was
promoted to his current rank in June 2006
and posted to Defence Materiel Organisation
as Program Manager Airborne Early Warning
Warren James Ludwig joined the Royal
Australian Air Force in 1979 and graduated
from Navigator’s Course in 1980. Tours
include No. 10 Squadron, No. 292 Squadron,
Air Force Liaison Officer to the US Naval
Air Warfare Center, Commanding Officer
No. 10 Squadron, Officer Commanding
No. 92 Wing, Commander Surveillance and
Response Group and Deputy Commander/
Chief of Staff Headquarters Joint Task Force
633 in the Middle East.
Air-Vice Marshal Ludwig was promoted
to his current rank in October 2010 for
command of the Integrated Area Defence
System at Butterworth, Malaysia from
Links Archive APDR Dec 2010 to Jan 2011 APDR_March_2011_HighRes.pdf Navigation Previous Page Next Page