Andrew Turner (RAF officer)

Air Marshal Andrew Mark Turner, CB, CBE (born 1967) is a senior Royal Air Force officer and helicopter pilot.

Andrew Turner
Born1967 (age 5152)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1985 –
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldNo. 22 Group
RAF Odiham
No. 28 Squadron
Battles/warsIraq War
War in Afghanistan
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Early life

Born in 1967, Turner was educated at Kingswood School.[1]

RAF career

Turner joined the Royal Air Force in 1985 and was commissioned as an acting pilot officer in 1986,[2] initially training at RAF Gütersloh.[3] He was regraded as pilot officer in 1987,[4] and promoted to flying officer in 1987,[5] flight lieutenant in 1991,[6] squadron leader in 1995,[7] and wing commander in 2000.[8] He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 in recognition of service in the Iraq War.[9]

Turner has commanded No. 28 Squadron RAF[1] and RAF Odiham.[10] In July 2014 he went on to be Air Officer Commanding No. 22 Group RAF[11] and Chief of Staff Training at RAF Air Command,[12][13] in which capacity he also oversaw safety for the Red Arrows.[14] He became Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations) in October 2017.[15] Turner was promoted to air marshal and appointed as Deputy Commander (Capability) at RAF Air Command on 23 May 2019.[16]

Turner was advanced to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours[17] and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2019 New Year Honours.[18]


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  10. Rayment, Sean (8 November 2008). "RAF was misled over Prince William's flights". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  11. "Reservist squadron marks 20 years of operational support". Henley Standard. 19 September 2016. Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
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  13. Uren, Lesley (11 February 2016). "Great leaders possess unteachable flair". The Financial Times. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  14. Farmer, Ben (15 June 2016). "Red Arrows pull out of Farnborough Air Show aerobatics after Shoreham disaster". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  15. "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  16. "RAF Senior Appointments 20th February 2019". Royal Air Force. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  17. "New Year Honours". The London Gazette. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  18. "No. 62507". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2018. p. N3.
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