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Air Marshal Allan Marshall


The Air & Space Commander (ASC) is the senior Royal Air Force war fighter responsible for the conduct of air operations at home and overseas.

Working together with other Services and international operational commanders, he oversees the generation and employment of air power in all environments.

This wide remit includes the Air Defence of the United Kingdom, the delivery of intervention operations abroad and the conduct of humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

“I am delighted to be appointed as the new Air and Space Commander. Following a rewarding two years in the Ministry of Defence, I very much look forward to returning to a Royal Air Force role and meeting as many of you as possible as we continue to deliver Air and Space operations around the world.”


Allan Marshall was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in September 1991. Following completion of a Service sponsored engineering degree at Cambridge University and pilot training, Marshall spent the first ten years of his career flying the Harrier. During this period, he completed several operational tours, including Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan; gained experience of embarked operations on Invincible-class aircraft carriers and undertook instructional, standardisation, and test and evaluation roles within the Harrier Force.

Subsequently, he gained procurement experience as the UK requirements manager for the Joint Strike Fighter programme, before converting to the Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) role. He served as officer commanding No. V(AC) Squadron, operating Sentinel and Shadow aircraft on operations in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.

Two joint roles within the Ministry of Defence followed: Assistant Head Global Commitments and Counter Terrorism within the Operations Directorate and Deputy Principal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Defence Staff, before he took command of RAF Waddington in March 2016, responsible for Reaper, Rivet Joint, Sentinel, Sentry E-3D, Shadow and Intelligence analysis capabilities.

After completion of the Higher Command and Staff Course, the US Capstone Programme and a research fellowship at Oxford University focusing on strategic intelligence, he returned to the Ministry of Defence in 2018 as Head of Defence Commitments and Crisis within the Security, Policy and Operations area.

In April 2020, he was appointed as Air Officer Commanding Number 1 Group, and in November 2021, he took the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations & Commitments). He will commence duties as the United Kingdom’s Air and Space Commander in March 2024.

He is married to Air Vice-Marshal Suraya Marshall, and together they have two children.


2014 - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

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