Warrant Officer of the Air Force

Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It is a singular appointment, being it is only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WOFF-AF is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The current Warrant Officer of the Air Force is Fiona Grasby.[1]

Warrant Officer of the
Royal Australian Air Force
(WOFF-AF)
Incumbent
Fiona Grasby

since 1 December 2015
StyleWarrant Officer of the Air Force (Warrant Officer)
Inaugural holderRichard (Dick) Newton

Based on the United States Air Force practice of appointing a Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the WOFF-AF is responsible to the Chief of Air Force (CAF). The post was created by the then Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Barry Gration, in 1993 to provide a conduit between Air Force's senior leadership and the airman ranks.[2]

The appointment is the equivalent of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) in the Australian Army and Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) in the Royal Australian Navy.

Appointees

#NameTerm beganTerm endedNotes
1Richard (Dick) Newton AM15 February 19931996[2]
2Bryan Tuckey OAM19961999
3John BoydellJune 19992 August 2002[3][4]
4Peter Hall AM2 August 20022005[3]
5Ray Woolnough AM20052008[5][6]
6John (JJ) Millar AM16 December 20084 November 2011Promoted to squadron leader on leaving post[6][7]
7Mark Pentreath CSM4 November 20111 December 2015[1][8]
8Robert Swanwick1 December 20156 November 2019
9Fiona Grasby OAM6 November 2019Incumbent

Memorabilia

The WOFF-AF has some items that may be presented on occasion, such as the Challenge Coin.

References

  1. "Warrant Officer of the Air Force". Our People. RAAF. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. "Warrant Officer of the Air Force" (PDF). Oral History Program - Snippets: No.3. Office of Air Force History.
  3. "Our new WOFF". Air Force. 44 (11). June 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. "Revved up for Retirement". Air Force. 44 (14). August 2002. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. "Last air mail for WOFF-AF" (PDF). Air Force. 50 (21): 2. November 2008.
  6. "New Warrant Officer of the Air Force". Media Release MSPA 404/08. Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. "Was a great ride, but JJ now on to next challenge" (PDF). Air Force. 53 (22): 2. November 2011.
  8. "WOFF-AF new ground" (PDF). Air Force. 53 (22): 2. November 2011.


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