Air Commander Australia (ACAUST)

Air Vice-Marshal Steve Roberton, DSC, AM

Air Vice-Marshal ‘Zed' Roberton is a Category A Fighter Pilot with over 3000 total hours, mostly in F/A-18A through F model fighters.

He entered the Air Force in 1989 as a direct entry pilot trainee after completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at Queensland University. He graduated from Number 153 Pilots Course in 1990 and F/A-18 conversion in 1993.

Air Vice-Marshal Roberton flew:

  • fighter tours at Number 3 Squadron RAAF Williamtown;
  • an exchange flying F/A-18s with the United States Marine Corps at Beaufort, South Carolina; and
  • at Number 3 Squadron as the A Flight Commander until 2000.

He completed a joint staff tour in Capability Development Group in Canberra, and Australian Command and Staff College. He then deployed to the Middle East for Operations Slipper and Falconer for which he was awarded a Chief of Air Force Commendation.

From November 2003, Air Vice-Marshal Roberton commanded Number 75 Squadron at RAAF Tindal for three years before returning to Canberra to stand up the Air Combat Transition Office and lead the Air Force's transition to F/A-18F Super Hornet. He commanded Number 82 Wing at RAAF Amberley and went on to complete the UK's Higher Command and Staff College in 2012. He returned on promotion as Director General Aerospace Development.

Air Vice-Marshal Roberton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2012 for exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in air combat capability during command of 75 Squadron, 82 Wing and leading the Super Hornet introduction.

He commanded the inaugural Air Task Group 630 on Operation OKRA to the Middle East, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, prior to taking command of Air Combat Group in 2015. He assumed Air Commander Australia role on 1 May 2017.

Air Vice-Marshal Roberton is married to Libby, and together they focus all of their time and resources on ballet, rugby and surfing with their three children: Isabella, Corey and Ben.