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Headquarters Air Command
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Founded 1 April 2007
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force
Headquarters RAF High Wycombe
Motto(s) Fortis Ubique Volantis (Flying Bravely Everywhere)

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]

Air Command is commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff. Formerly, it was under a four-star Air Chief Marshal but this structure was discontinued due to the 2011 Levine Report.[2] The Chief of Air Staff retains command himself[3] in contrast with the Royal Navy (where command is delegated to the Fleet Commander) or the British Army (where command is delegated to the Commander Land Forces). 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; the Deputy Commander (Personnel) has responsibility for the Group inherited from Personnel and Training Command, No. 22 (Training) Group.

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

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[5][6] to Spring 2012

Deputy Commanders (Operations)

Deputy Commanders (Personnel)

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

Deputy Commanders (Personnel)

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


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

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