Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS) Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld will fly back into the Air Force fold as Chief of Air Force (CAF) on July 4, following a Federal Government announcement on March 28 at Russell Offices in Canberra.
Apart from his time at Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Air Marshal Hupfeld will also bring experience as Air Commander Australia, Director Combined Air Operations Centre and Head Force Design.
“His experience in these roles makes him ideally suited to continue the development of the Air Force.”
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said AIRMSHL Hupfeld would easily fit into the new job.
“His experience in these roles makes him ideally suited to continue the development of the Air Force as a modern and effective force capable of undertaking regional and global operations,” he said.
Current CAF, Air Marshal Leo Davies, will hand over command of Air Force on July 3 after more than 40 years of exemplary service.
“The government extends its sincere gratitude to Air Marshal Davies, who has been relentless in embedding a culture of innovation and integration that will continue to shape the Air Force for generations to come,” Mr Pyne said.
Army Major General Greg Bilton will take control of the joint space as CJOPS on June 28 and be promoted to Lieutenant General.
“Major Genera Bilton is currently serving as the Commander Forces Command within Army and is a highly experienced officer with extensive leadership and operations experience through senior positions including Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, and Commander 7th Brigade,” Mr Pyne said.
“He has also served as Deputy Commanding General United States Army Pacific.”