Chief of Air Force

Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC

Air Marshal Leo Davies joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a cadet Navigator in 1979 and graduated to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft with No 11 Squadron at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

In 1987, he completed pilot training and an F-111 conversion course, before being posted to No 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley in 1988. Air Marshal Davies was posted to Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico in 1990 to fly F-111D aircraft, on exchange with the United States Air Force.

After returning to Australia in 1993, he was posted to No 1 Squadron as the Operations Flight Commander, followed by a year as Operations Officer at Headquarters No 82 Wing. After a posting in 1997 and 1998 as the Executive Officer at No 1 Squadron, he completed RAAF Command and Staff Course. In 2000, he commenced two years in Capability Systems within Defence Headquarters.

In 2002 and 2003, Air Marshal Davies' 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 (CSC) for outstanding achievement.

In 2006 and 2007, Air Marshal Davies worked as Director Combat Capability within Air Force Headquarters, and was deployed to the Middle East to work in the Combined Air Operations Centre.

Between 2008 and 2010, he was the Director General Capability Planning within Air Force Headquarters. He was then posted to Washington as the Air Attaché, where he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit - Officer. Air Marshal Davies returned from Washington in January 2012 to take up his appointment as Deputy Chief of Air Force.

In 2014, Air Marshal Davies was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. He was promoted to Air Marshal and appointed Chief of Air Force on 4 July 2015.

He is married to Rhonda who is a Registered Nurse and they have two children: Erin, who is also a Registered Nurse (midwife), and Jacob.