RAF Air Command


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]

Air Command
Founded1 April 2007
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
RoleMilitary air operations
LocationRAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Motto(s)Fortis Ubique Volantis (Flying Bravely Everywhere)

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 edit

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 Levene 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) and also No. 38 Group which brings together the RAF’s expeditionary engineering, logistics, and communications units, Medical Operations units, and RAF Music Services. The Deputy Commander Operations also has responsibility for the Group inherited from Personnel and Training Command, No. 22 (Training) Group. In November 2018, No. 11 Group was further formed as part of RAF Command. The Deputy Commander Operations acts as the Deputy to the CAS and oversees day-to-day operations [3] The Deputy Commander Capability commands Chief of Staff Personnel or Air Secretary, Chief of Staff Capability, RAF Chaplain-in-Chief, Director Legal Services, Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO), and Head RAF Medical Services.[4]

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

See also edit

References edit

  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. ^ "How Defence Works version 6.0" (PDF). assets.publishing.service.gov.uk. UK Ministry of Defence. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020. page 31
  5. ^ RAF Air Rank Appointments List 08/06 of 25 Sep 2006 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  6. ^ RAF Air Rank Appointments List 07/08 of 16 Oct 2008 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  7. ^ Announcement of ACM Moran's death retrieved 27 May 2010
  8. ^ RAF Air Rank Appointments List 04/10 of 18 Jun 2010 retrieved 3 Jan 2011

External links edit

  • RAF Air Command

News items edit

  • Royal Air Force Web Site - Official Announcement of Formation of RAF Air Command
Preceded by Air Command
Succeeded by
Command extant
Preceded by