Ian Townsend


Air Vice Marshall Ian Jon Townsend CBE is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He was the officer commanding RAF Marham between 2017 and 2019 and currently serves as the Air Officer Commanding No. 22 Group RAF.

   Ian Townsend
Townsend in 2018
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1992–present
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldAOC 22 Group
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

RAF career edit

Townsend was commissioned into the RAF on 30 July 1992.[1] He became station commander at RAF Marham in July 2017,[2][3] commander of No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing at RAF Akrotiri in September 2019 and Assistant Chief of Staff, Capability Strategy at RAF Air Command in December 2021.[4] He took command of No. 22 Group RAF in May 2023.[5]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 Birthday Honours.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "No. 53080". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 October 1992. p. 17528.
  2. ^ "RAF Marham's new commander Group Capt "Cab" Townsend is thrilled to be back in the air". Eastern Daily Press. 2017-08-15. Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  3. ^ "RAF Marham Announcement". X (formerly Twitter). Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  4. ^ "Ian Townsend CBE". IT²EC 2024. Retrieved 2023-10-02.
  5. ^ "No 22 Group". 2023-10-02.
  6. ^ "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B8.
Military offices
Preceded by Air Officer Commanding No 22 Group