Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer

Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer
British Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer.svg
Warrant officer insignia
CASWO Jake Alpert 1.jpg
Jake Alpert MBE

since October 2019
 Royal Air Force
Member ofAir Force Board
Reports toChief of the Air Staff
FormationMay 1996
First holderGreg Dutton

The Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer (CASWO) is the senior RAF appointment for a OR9 warrant officer (WO), and therefore the most senior non-commissioned appointment in the Royal Air Force (RAF).[1] The person holding this military appointment advises the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) on matters concerning airmen and airwomen of the RAF.[1][2] The post was created in 1996.[1][3]

List of Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officers[]

No. Portrait Name
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 [2]
6 No image.png Gary Wilcox MBE July 2009 February 2012 2 years, 7 months Sir Stephen Dalton [2]
7 No image.png Graeme Spark MBE February 2012 October 2014 2 years, 8 months Sir Stephen Dalton
Sir Andrew Pulford
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
9 CASWO Jon Crossley (cropped).jpg Jon Crossley October 2016 October 2019 3 years Sir Stephen Hillier
Michael Wigston
10 CASWO Jake Alpert.jpg Jake Alpert MBE October 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 4 months Michael Wigston [1][5]

The Royal Navy equivalent is the Warrant Officer of the Naval Service (WONS),[6] and in the Royal Marines the Corps Regimental Sergeant Major. The British Army's recent equivalent is the Army Sergeant Major.[7]

See also[]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Chief of the Air Staff's Warrant Officer". Royal Air Force website - Senior Commanders. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Lesley Woods, ed. (27 July 2009). "Welsh Warrant Officer steps down from top job". Royal Air Force website. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ "RAF Halton Hosts the Chief of the Air Staff's Conference for Warrant Officers". RAF Halton website. 2010. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. 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.
  4. ^ "Bob's proud to protect the crown jewels". Ipswich Star. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ @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" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Warrant Officer in a class of his own". Royal Navy website. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. ^