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The Royal Australian Air Force has welcomed new Chief, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld following a ceremonial parade and flypast in Canberra this week.

AIRMSHL Hupfeld has served in the RAAF for nearly four decades, being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of his performance as commanding officer of Number 75 Squadron on Operation FALCONER, and his squadron was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. 


AIRMSHL Hupfeld said it was both an incredible honour and a substantial responsibility to be taking over command of Air Force.

“Our people are the key to our capability, and it is humbling to have been chosen to lead them,” AIRMSHL Hupfeld said.

“I am grateful for the enduring legacy of AIRMSHL Davies’ leadership, with today’s RAAF on a strong and solid vector for the future.”

AIRMSHL Hupfeld has commanded Air Combat Group, posted as Air Commander Australia and Head Force Design. He received an appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. 

Prior to being appointed Chief of Air Force, AIRMSHL Hupfeld served as Chief Joint Operations.

For a look at some of AIRMSHL Hupfeld’s career in the RAAF up until this point, please scroll through the images above.

Photo Essay: A look at new Chief of Air Force’s career thus far
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