RAAF's new leader ready for challenge
THE Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, has officially handed over command of the Royal Australian Air Force to Air Marshal Leo Davies at a ceremony in Canberra.
Air Marshal Davies has served in a number of roles including the Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron, Officer Commanding No 82 Wing Amberley.
He was also director of general capability planning in Air Force headquarters and was posted to Washington as the Air Attaché.
His last posting was as deputy Chief of Air Force.
Air Marshal Brown ended his four-year term by expressing his gratitude to all Air Force staff for their contribution and thanking his colleagues, family and friends for their support during his 35-year career.
Air Marshal Brown welcomed Air Marshal Davies to the job and said he trusted the Air Force would give Air Marshal Davies the same support that he was afforded.
"I leave Air Force knowing that we are on the right path for the future, and Air Force is in the capable hands of Air Marshal Davies who will continue Plan Jericho," Air Marshal Brown said.
Air Marshal Davies said he was deeply honoured and privileged to lead the Royal Australian Air Force, and thanked Air Marshal Brown for his leadership and vision.
"I accept this responsibility of leadership of the Royal Australian Air Force with all of its challenges and rewards, knowing that I will work hard every day to build on the achievements others have already made," Air Marshal Davies said.
"I thank you in advance for your support as we face the future challenges that will be demanded of us. I feel privileged to lead you at such an exciting time in Air Force's history."
Air Marshal Davies joined the RAAF as a cadet navigator in 1979 and graduated to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft with No 11 Squadron at Edinburgh in South Australia.
In 1987 he completed pilot training and after completing F-111 conversion course was posted in 1988 to No 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.
In 1990, he was posted to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to fly F-111D aircraft on exchange with the United States Air Force.
On return to Australia in 1993, Air Marshal Davies was posted to No 1 Squadron as the Operations Flight Commander followed by one year as Operations Officer at Headquarters No 82 Wing during 1996. In 2002 and 2003, his long association with No 1 Squadron was again rekindled when he returned as Commanding Officer and achieved 2000 hours flying the F-111.
He was the staff officer to the Chief of Air Force during 2004, before taking up the post of Officer Commanding No 82 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley, where he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement.
Air Marshal Davies was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
He is married to Rhonda who is a registered nurse and they have two children, Erin who is also a registered nurse, and Jacob.