Air Marshal (Ret’d) Geoffrey Shepherd AO  

Chief of Air Force

Geoff graduated in 1969 – after being a member of that year’s Premiership First XV – and joined the RAAF Academy in 1971. He graduated from the Academy (now combined into the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra) in 1974 with a Science degree from Melbourne University. He gained his RAAF Pilots wings in 1976 and flew the Mirage fighter in Malaysia and later the F-111C strike aircraft.

He held a number of command appointments during his flying days and as the Air Commander Australia in charge of all RAAF operations established the current command and control methodology for air employment. He undertook a range of staff appointments, including a diplomatic post as an Assistant Defence Attaché and was involved at a senior level in the planning and execution of the various Australian Defence Forces’ operational deployments throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, from East Timor and the Solomon Islands to Iraq.

He was appointed Chief of Air Force and promoted to Air Marshal in 2005.

Geoff separated from the RAAF in 2008 and maintains his interest in aerospace through his Chairmanship of the biennial Avalon International Airshow and Defence Exposition.