A senior RAAF official has been appointed to lead the service’s new Space Division.
The Royal Australian Air Force has announced the appointment of Air Vice-Marshall Catherine Roberts AM, CSC as the inaugural Head of the Space Division, effective from January 2022.
AVM Roberts currently serves as Head of Air Force Capability, responsible for conceptualising and shaping the future requirements of the RAAF.
The new Head of the Space Division’s over 30-year career in the RAAF has included stints as Head Aerospace Systems Division – responsible for acquiring and sustaining fixed wing assets – and a period overseeing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
AVM Roberts graduated from No. 28 Course Engineering Cadet Squadron in 1986, and completed her first posting as a maintenance engineering officer supporting flight test on CT4, PC-9, DC-3, Iroquois, Squirrel, Blackhawks, Mirage, Macchi, and F-111s at the Aircraft Research and Development unit.
This announcement comes just days after Defence confirmed the appointment of Major General Natasha Fox, AM, CSC, as the first female Deputy Chief of Army.
MAJGEN Fox will also assume the role in January 2022.
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