John Thompson (RAF officer)

Air Vice Marshal John Hugh Thompson, CB (born 18 September 1947) is a former Royal Air Force officer who became Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C. from 2000 until his retirement in 2002.

John Thompson
Born (1947-09-18) 18 September 1947
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchRoyal Air Force
Years of service1970–2002
RankAir Vice Marshal
Commands heldRoyal Air Force College Cranwell
RAF Wittering
Battles/warsBosnian War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath

RAF career

Educated at Fielding High School in New Zealand, Thompson joined the Royal Air Force in 1970.[1] He became Station Commander at RAF Wittering in 1988, Senior Air Staff Officer at RAF Rheindahlen in 1993 and an assistant to the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996.[1] He went on to be Commandant of the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1997 and Head of the British Defence Staff and Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 2000 before retiring in 2002.[2]


  1. Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4081-1414-8
  2. "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Charles Vyvyan
Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C.
Succeeded by
Anthony Dymock
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