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The Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force (WORAF) is the senior warrant officer of the Royal Air Force. The person holding this appointment advises the Chief of the Air Staff on matters concerning airmen and airwoman of the RAF.[1] The post was created in 1998.[2]In July 2021, the title changed from Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force.[3]

List Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Chief of the Air Staff Ref.
Took office Left office Time in office
1 No image.png Greg Dutton MBE BEM May 1996 January 1998 1 year, 8 months Sir Michael Graydon
2 No image.png Jim Andrews MBE BEM January 1998 January 2000 2 years Sir Richard Johns
3 No image.png René Michael Stuart MBE January 2000 May 2003 3 years, 4 months Sir Richard Johns
Sir Peter Squire
4 No image.png Robert 'Bob' Loughlin MBE May 2003 November 2006 3 years, 6 months Sir Jock Stirrup [4]
5 Warrant Officer Lindsey Morgan (cropped).jpg Lyndsay Morgan MBE November 2006 July 2009 2 years, 8 months Sir Glenn Torpy [5]
6 No image.png Gary Wilcox MBE July 2009 February 2012 2 years, 7 months Sir Stephen Dalton [5]
7 No image.png Graeme Spark MBE February 2012 October 2014 2 years, 8 months Sir Stephen Dalton
Sir Andrew Pulford
[6]
8 UK military London Pride (Clive Martland cropped) (cropped).jpg Clive Martland MBE
(born 1968)
October 2014 October 2016 2 years Sir Andrew Pulford
Sir Stephen Hillier
[7]
9 CASWO Jon Crossley (cropped).jpg Jon Crossley October 2016 October 2019 3 years Sir Stephen Hillier
Michael Wigston
[7]
10 CASWO Jake Alpert.jpg Jake Alpert MBE October 2019 Incumbent 2 years, 3 months Michael Wigston [7][8]

The Royal Navy equivalent is the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service (WONS),[9] and in the Royal Marines the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major. The British Army's recent equivalent is the Army Sergeant Major.[10]

See also

References

  1. "Welsh Warrant Officer steps down from top job". 2009. http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive.cfm?storyid=BC56E1FE-5056-A318-A8966D4D5CC2681E&rss=true. 
  2. "RAF Halton Hosts the Chief of the Air Staff’s Conference for Warrant Officers". RAF Halton. 2010. http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafhalton/newsweather/index.cfm?storyid=B250D962-5056-A318-A84A5D69B4B244C5. Retrieved 3 November 2010. "The conference has taken place annually for the last 12 years, since the post of Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer (CASWO) was created." [dead link]
  3. "Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force". RAF Families Federation. 1 July 2021. https://www.raf-ff.org.uk/warrant-officer-of-the-royal-air-force/. "From 1 July 2021, the title of the Royal Air Force Senior Warrant Officer will change from Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer of the Royal Air Force." 
  4. "Bob's proud to protect the crown jewels". IpswichStar.co.uk. 4 September 2007. http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/bob_s_proud_to_protect_the_crown_jewels_1_116123. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LyndsayMorgan
  6. "Airing issues with the boss". Navy News. 1 June 2013. p. 37. https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/-/media/royal-navy-responsive/images/navynews/archivepdfs/2010s/2013/navy-news-june-2013-issue-707.pdf. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named RAF CASWO
  8. ChiefofAirStaff (5 October 2019). "Thank you WO Jon Crossley. A brilliant 3 years as Chief of the Air Staff’s Warrant Officer. Welcome WO Jake Alpert". https://twitter.com/ChiefofAirStaff/status/1180179485519429632. 
  9. "Warrant Officer in a class of his own". Royal Navy website. RoyalNavy.mod.uk. 24 April 2013. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2013/April/24/130424-Warrant-Officer-First-Class-in-a-class-of-his-own. 
  10. http://www.janes.com/article/48536/cgs-outlines-new-british-army-senior-posts-amid-culling-of-generals


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