Ian Gale

Air Vice Marshal Ian David Gale, MBE is a senior Royal Air Force officer.

Ian Gale
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1990 –
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands held
AwardsMember of the Order of the British Empire

He also holds an MA from King's College London and an MBA from the Open University.[1]

RAF career

Gale was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1990.[2] He became officer commanding No. 31 Squadron in 2008,[3] and station commander at RAF Lossiemouth in 2011.[4] After obtaining operational experience as Deputy Air Component Commander for Operation Ellamy,[5] he became Assistant Chief of Staff for command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programmes in 2015.[6] In April 2019, he became Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and was promoted to air vice-marshal.[7]

In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).[8]


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  2. "No. 52045". The London Gazette. 12 February 1990. p. 1974.
  3. "Panavia Tornado". Simply Planes. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. "Community saved RAF Lossiemouth 'for thirty years'". Inside Moray. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. "RAF boss loves job". Evening Express. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  6. "RAF Air Power 2017". 21st Century Partnerships. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  7. "Senior appointments". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2004. p. 6.
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