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Chief of Air Force

Air Commodore Tony Davies CAF

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies, MNZM

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies joined the RNZAF in 1984 as an Officer Cadet and trainee pilot.  After gaining his wings Air Vice-Marshal Davies entered the Air Transport role and flew Andover and Hercules aircraft. In 1999 Air Vice-Marshal Davies was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his role in the 1998 mid-winter Antarctic rescue mission from McMurdo Station.

In June 2000 Air Vice-Marshal Davies graduated from the USAF Air Command and Staff Course at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, before returning to New Zealand as the Assistant Director of Joint Operations and Plans at Defence Force Headquarters in Wellington. In December 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Wing Commander and appointed as Commanding Officer No 40 Squadron in a position he held until January 2007 when he took up the J35 position at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand.

In January 2008 Air Vice-Marshal Davies was promoted to Group Captain and posted to Air Staff as Assistant Chief Air Force Capability.  He then took up his dual role as Officer Commanding 485 Wing and Senior Commander Auckland in November 2009 before attending the Royal College of Defence Studies in London in 2013.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies was promoted to Air Commodore on 13 September 2013 and has held a variety of command and Headquarters positions including Assistant Chief of Air Force Capability; Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence, and Air Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies was promoted to his current rank on 23 March 2016 and assumed the appointment of Chief of Air Force.  He is a champion for enhancing diversity in the NZDF, and promoting innovation, empowerment and leadership across all ranks, particularly at junior levels.

He is married to Jean, an Air Traffic Controller, and is a huge supporter of her ultramarathon endeavours.  They have two teenage sons, the eldest of which is studying Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

On 9 July 2018 Chief of Defence Force Kevin Short announced that Air Vice-Marshal Davies would be the new Vice Chief of Defence, taking up his new role in September.