RAF Air Command

Headquarters 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] The equivalent in the Royal Navy is Navy Command Headquarters at Portsmouth and the equivalent in the British Army is Army Headquarters at Andover.

Headquarters Air Command
Founded1 April 2007
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Air Force
RoleProtection of United Kingdom airspace and space assets
LocationRAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Motto(s)Fortis Ubique Volantis (Flying Bravely Everywhere)

Command structure

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 Levine 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. In November 2018, 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) has responsibility for the Group inherited from Personnel and Training Command, No. 22 (Training) Group.

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

Deputy Commanders (Operations)

Deputy Commanders-in-Chief (Operations)

  • Air Marshal I W McNicoll CB CBE, 26 February 2007[4] 13 April 2010 (appointed as DC-in-C Strike Command)
  • Air Marshal R F Garwood CB CBE DFC, 14 April 2010[8][7] to Spring 2012

Deputy Commanders (Operations)

Deputy Commanders (Capability)

This appointment is held concurrently with the Air Member for Personnel.
Deputy Commanders-in-Chief (Capability)

Deputy Commanders (Capability)


  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. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 08/06 of 25 Sep 2006 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  5. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 07/08 of 16 Oct 2008 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  6. Announcement of ACM Moran's death retrieved 27 May 2010
  7. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 04/10 of 18 Jun 2010 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  8. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 02/10 of 31 Mar 2010 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  9. "Ups and outs July 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  10. RAF Air Rank Appointments List 01/07 of 16 Jan 2007 retrieved 3 Jan 2011
  11. "Senior appointments". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  12. "Senior appointments". 15 March 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  13. "Senior appointments". 20 February 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.

News items

Preceded by
Strike Command
Air Command
Succeeded by
Command extant
Preceded by
Personnel and Training Command
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