Deputy Chief of Air Force
Air Commodore Mark Brunton
Air Commodore Mark Brunton joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) on 12 January 1976 as an Avionics Mechanic Under Training. On successful completion of Avionics Mechanic and Technicians courses, Air Commodore Brunton served on various RNZAF Units throughout New Zealand including Units operating Friendship, Hercules, B727, Iroquois and Airtrainer aircraft. He progressed through the non-commissioned ranks to Flight Sergeant and in his final SNCO position, managed the RNZAF Avionics Workshops.
Air Commodore Brunton was commissioned as an Aircraft Engineering Officer in March 1995 and was posted to Flight Commander Avionics Flight at RNZAF Ohakea in his new rank of Flight Lieutenant. In November 1997 Air Commodore Brunton was posted to 14 Squadron as the Flight Commander Maintenance Flight operating Aermacchi Jets. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 2000 and served in various engineering and personnel management positions including the Air Performance Management System Project Manager, Officer Commanding Aircraft Maintenance Planning Unit and Officer Commanding Technical Services Medium Utility Helo (NH-90). In November2005 Air Commodore Brunton was seconded to the Ministry of Defence as the Project Manager for the Boeing 757 Project, until his secondment took him to Mobile, Alabama, USA in February 2006 and he was promoted to Wing Commander.
Air Commodore Brunton completed the B757 Combi Conversion and Upgrade Project in May 2009 and he returned to NZ to command the Directorate of Logistics Capability. In this position he was responsible for the conduct of airworthiness certification, project engineering and Logistics introduction into service for the extensive range of major capability upgrades and new aircraft acquisitions that the RNZAF were undertaking ranging from C130/P3 upgrades to the acquisition of NH-90 and A109 helicopters. In August 2011, Air Commodore Brunton was posted to the Director of Continued Airworthiness Management and Senior Engineering Officer at RNZAF Base Auckland where he held Prime Delegated Authority (DEA) for RNZAF Auckland aircraft (B757, C130, P3 and Seasprite aircraft) and DEA for the remainder of the RNZAF fleets.
Air Commodore Brunton was promoted to Group Captain in June 2012 and appointed to a position in the Defence Logistics Command as the Commander of RNZAF Logistics. In this position Air Commodore Brunton was responsible to the Chief of Defence Force for all RNZAF engineering maintenance and logistics activities across all fleets, a command of some 700 personnel.
In 2009, Air Commodore Brunton was recognised by the Queen in the New Years Honour List and awarded the Distinguished Services Decoration for his outstanding leadership and direction to the B757 Project Team resulting in the delivery of superior capability to the NZDF. Air Commodore Brunton is a graduate of the RNZAF Command and Staff College and the Institute of Strategic Leadership.
Air Commodore Brunton formally took up the role of Deputy Chief of Air Force on 26 April 2016.