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THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE SENIOR LEADERSHIP GROUP
OSLEY, AM, CSC
Osley joined the Air
Force in January 1977 as an Air Combat
Officer. His tours have included No1s 1 and
6 Squadron, an exchange with the USAF
flying F-4s, Air Force Adviser London, Officer
Commanding No 82 Wing, Director of the
Combined Air Operations Centre Middle East
and Commander Air Combat Group. AVM
Osley was promoted to his current rank and
appointed Head of Australian Defence Staff
(Washington) in July 2008 before returning to
be Program Manager for the New Air Combat
Capability in December 2010.
Air Vice-Marshal Mark
Skidmore joined the
Royal Australian Air
Force in 1977. Following his initial tour on
F-111s, he undertook the United States Navy
Test Pilot School Fixed Wing course in 1985.
Other tours include, Number 82 Wing Flight
Test Director on the F-111C Avionics Update
Program in California, USA, Commanding
Officer Aircraft Research and Development
Unit, and Director of Operational
Requirements for the New Air Combat
Air Vice-Marshal Skidmore was appointed Air
Commander on 27 June 2008.
AIR VICE-MARSHAL COLIN THORNE, AM HEAD AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIVISION
Air Vice-Marshal Colin Thorne joined the RAAF in 1981 as an Engineer Cadet. As a Radio (later Electronics) Engineer he
was primarily employed in airborne radar, communications and EW acquisition projects. Senior postings include Officer
Commanding Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office, and Director General Aerospace Maritime and Surveillance Systems.
Air Vice-Marshal Thorne holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineering from the RMIT (1985), and a Masters Degree
from Cranfield Institute of Technology UK (1992).
Air Vice-Marshal Thorne was promoted in December 2008, and appointed Head Aerospace Systems in the Defence
Paule joined the Royal
Australian Air Force in June 1977.
Tours have included No 5 Squadron, No 2
Flying Training School, RAAF Academy, No 9
Squadron, No 2 Operational Conversion Unit,
Commanding Officer No 6 Squadron, Officer
Commanding No 82 Wing, Commander, Air
On promotion in October 200, he took on
the posting of Commander Integrated Area
Defence Systems in Butterworth.
Air Vice-Marshal Paule returned to Australia
in December 2010 to take up the Head Military
Strategic Commitments position.
Commencing with the
RAAF in October 1977,
Air Vice-Marshal Ian Smith held several junior
officer postings supporting C130 and Mirage
operationsfollowed by a number of Canberra
policy positions and postings in Richmond,
Malaysia, UK and a tour as exchange officer
with HQ USAF at the Pentagon.
AVM Smith1s current position as Deputy
Head Strategic Reform and Governance
followed his promotion to Air Vice-Marshal
in May 2010.
Plenty joined the
Royal Australian Air
Force on 26 June 1975, graduating from No
96 Pilots Course. Flying tours have included
three postings to No 38 Squadron, No 1
Flying Training School, No 2 Flying Training
School, Central Flying School where he was a
member of the Roulette formation aerobatic
team and secondment to the Papua New
Guinea Defence Force Air Wing. Ground
tours have included the Australian Defence
Force Warfare Centre, Defence Intelligence
Organisation and staff officer to the Vice
Chief of the Defence Force.
STAIB, AM, CSC
was appointed Commander Joint Logistics
in January 2010 and as Australia1s Senior
Defence Strategic Logistician, is accountable
for the oversight and assurance of the Defence
logistics capability and the implementation
of significant reforms to Defence logistics.
Air Vice-Marshal Staib served in a number
of senior appointments including: Director
Logistics Support Agency - Air Force; Director
General Strategic Logistics, Joint Logistics
Command; and Commandant, Australian
Defence Force Academy.
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