|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1991 –|
|Rank||Air Vice Marshal|
|Commands held||No. 1 Group|
No. 4 Squadron
War in Afghanistan
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath|
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross
Officer of the Legion of Merit (United States)
Meritorious Service Medal (United States)
Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, is a senior Northern Irish Royal Air Force officer. From July 2018, he served as Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group. In February 2020, he took up the new post of Director Space, UK, in the Ministry of Defence.
Smyth grew up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1991, being commissioned as an acting pilot officer on 9 May. His rank was made substantive on 9 May 1992 and advanced to flying officer twelve months later, before he was posted to the Harrier Force in 1995. He was advanced to flight lieutenant on 9 November 1996. Smyth served with No. 1 (Fighter) Squadron as weapons instructor from 1999, and was promoted squadron leader on 1 July 2001. He subsequently served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Smyth was promoted to wing commander on 1 January 2006, and commanded No. 4 Squadron from 1 September 2008 to 31 March 2010. Smyth was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours, was subsequently advanced to group captain, and appointed the United Kingdom's National Director of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II procurement programme in Washington, D.C. He was aide-de-camp to The Queen from 13 December 2013 to 30 July 2015.
As an air commodore, Smyth was appointed Honorary Colonel of the 2nd (Northern Ireland) Battalion, Army Cadet Force from 1 June 2016, and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom in 2017. Following a stint as the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre Director at the Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Smyth was promoted air vice marshal and appointed Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group in July 2018. He was awarded the United States' Legion of Merit, and was granted permission to wear the award by the Queen on 5 April 2019.
Smyth was appointed as the first Director Space in February 2020, and was succeeded in command of No. 1 Group by Air Vice Marshal Allan Marshall. Reporting on Smyth's new post, Defense News wrote that "up to 25 civilians and military personnel involved in finance, policy and capabilities will support the new space directorate" in the Ministry of Defence's Main Building. It also wrote that No. 23 Squadron RAF had been reformed, as a space squadron, "responsible for day-to-day space command-and-control" and the remote control and manoeuvring of satellites. Smyth was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2020 Birthday Honours.
Air Vice-Marshal H Smyth OBE DFC to be appointed Director Space in the Ministry of Defence in February 2020. This is a new post.
Air Commodore A P Marshall OBE to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group in March 2020 in succession to Air Vice-Marshal H Smyth OBE DFC