Deputy Chief of Air Force
Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC

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Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC

Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald was born in Hay,NSW and joined RAAF at the age of 15 as an apprenticemotor transport fitter. In 1989 he was commissioned andunderwent pilot training, flying his first operational tour onthe P-3C Orion at 11 Squadron. In 1993, Air Vice-Marshal McDonald was posted to Canada to fly the CP-140Aurora on 415 Squadron.

In 1996 he returned to fly the P-3C Orion with Number 10Squadron, where he was then posted to 92 Wing's MaritimeTest and Evaluation Unit to introduce the AP-3C Orion. In2001 he was Promoted to Squadron Leader and postedto Number 10 Squadron as a Flight Commander. In 2002 hewas posted to Butterworth Malaysia, as the OfficerCommanding Detachment Alpha. In 2005 he returned toAustralia to attend Australian Command and Staff Courseand was promoted to Wing Commander and made theDeputy Director of Air 7000 Phase 1 in 2006.

In 2007 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 11Squadron and in 2009 was placed on acting Group Captainrank and appointed Officer Commanding 92 Wing.Promoted in 2010 to Group Captain he served at 92 Winguntil October 2011, where he then deployed as theAustralian Air Component Commander for Joint Task Force 633 in support of Operation SLIPPER.He has over 5000 hours on the P-3 and has served on four operational tours in the Middle East, all invarying command positions.

Upon his return from the Middle East in May 2012 he was promoted to Air Commodore and appointed the Director General Capability Planning - Air Force, before appointment as the Commander of Air Mobility Group. In 2015, he was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

In July 2015, on promotion to Air-Vice Marshal he commenced as Deputy Chief of Air Force.

He is married to his very understanding wife, Sarah, and they have two school age children.