Air Secretary

Air Secratary
Air Force Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Ensign of the Royal Air Force
(Air Sec Command Flag)
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Incumbent
Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford

since February 2020
Ministry of Defence
StyleAir Vice-Marshal
AbbreviationCOS Pers/Air Sec
Reports toChief of the Air Staff
AppointerElizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Formation4 February 1957
First holderAir Marshal Sir Anthony Skingsley
WebsiteOfficial website

The Air Secretary and Chief of Staff, Personnel[1] is the Royal Air Force officer with responsibility for appointments, promotions, postings, and discipline of high ranking members of the British Air Force. From 1978 to 1983 the Air Secretary was more often referred to as Air Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Personnel Management Centre.[2] It is a senior RAF appointment, held by an officer holding the rank of air vice-marshal and appointed by the Queen. The Air Secretary's counterpart in the British Army is the Military Secretary. The Royal Navy equivalent is the Naval Secretary.

Air secretaries[]

The following officers have held the post:[3]

Note: Post vacant 1978 – 1983

References[]

  1. ^ "Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary". raf.mod.uk. Royal Air Force. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020. Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary
  2. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 1979
  3. ^ Senior Royal Air Force Appointments
  4. ^ Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Chief Marshal Sir Denis Barnett
  5. ^ Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Air Chief Marshal Sir Theodore McEvoy
  6. ^ Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation – Sir William MacDonald
  7. ^ "No. 44057". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 July 1966. p. 8135.
  8. ^ "No. 44472". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 December 1967. p. 13574.
  9. ^ "No. 45641". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 April 1972. p. 4287.
  10. ^ "No. 46109". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 October 1973. p. 12554.
  11. ^ "No. 46839". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 March 1976. p. 3191.
  12. ^ "No. 51650". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 February 1989. p. 2179.
  13. ^ Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service Archived 22 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Section 7 – A Guide to Appointments & Invitations
  15. ^ Whitaker's Almanack 2005
  16. ^ "AIR RANK APPOINTMENTS LIST 4/06". Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  17. ^ "AIR RANK APPOINTMENTS LIST 09/08". Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  18. ^ "Air Commodore Chris Luck has taken over as Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell and director of recruitment and initial officer training (RAF)". Grantham Journal. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Ups and outs : December 2013". Defence Viewpoints. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Senior Appointments". RAF. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Senior Appointments 10 February 2020". raf.mod.uk. Royal Air Force. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2020. Air Commodore M Byford QHDS to be promoted Air Vice-Marshal and to be Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary, Headquarters Air Command with effect from 24 February 2020