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Air Force Strategic Infrastructure Plan 2017-2017

27 Jul, 2017 -- Seminars
Speaker: Group Captain Ron Tilley
Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, R1
Time: 1000 - 1130

Air bases are fundamental to the employment of air power and will continue to be so for the fifth-generation Air Force. Air Force depends on air bases in both mounting and supporting the conduct of air operations in times of contingency and peace. Air bases are also critical to the mounting and support of operations in the joint warfare environment.

The Air Force Strategic Infrastructure Plan 2017-2027 sets out in broad terms how Air Force will influence and implement the future disposition of air bases and air weapons ranges, including planned infrastructure investment, to successfully deliver Defence and Air Force capability into the future.


Group Captain Ron Tilley

Group Captain Ron Tilley joined the RAAF in 1987 as a Facilities Officer in the undergraduate scheme. After completing a civil engineering degree he was posted to RAAF Base Pearce in 1989. As a junior officer he also enjoyed postings to No 2 Stores Depot in 1991, RAAF Support Unit Butterworth in 1993, No 1 Operational Support Unit in 1995 and the Directorate-General Facilities - Air Force in 1996. He was appointed as Aide-de-camp to the Governor-General in 1997.

Group Captain Tilley was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1997 and was posted to the Defence Estate Organisation, responsible for the planning and development of infrastructure projects. He was attached to Australia’s Federation Guard in 2000 to commemorate Australia’s Centenary of Federation in London where he served as Captain of the Queen’s Guard. He completed the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2001 and was awarded a Masters in Management (Defence Studies).

In 2002, Group Captain Tilley was posted to the Infrastructure Development Agency - Air Force. He was promoted to Wing Commander later that year and was posted to Townsville as Manager Infrastructure / Regional Planning and Development - North Queensland in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group. In 2004, he was posted back to Canberra as Technical Adviser - Air followed by Director National Airfields Projects in 2008. In this role he was responsible for the planning, development and delivery of airbase infrastructure projects, including the $1.5 billion New Air Combat Capability Infrastructure Project.

In 2011, Group Captain Tilley was deployed on Operation Slipper as the Chief Engineer in Headquarters JTF633. Upon his return from deployment he resumed his previous role until he was posted as Commanding Officer No 22 (City of Sydney) Squadron and Air Base Executive Officer RAAF Base Richmond in January 2013.

Group Captain Tilley was promoted to Group Captain in October 2015 and was posted as Director Strategic Infrastructure Planning - Air Force in Air Force Headquarters. His current position is now titled Director Estate and Infrastructure Capability - Air Force.


The briefing will commence promptly at 1000 hours 
To register your attendance please email: airpower@defence.gov.au

Contact Info: For further information and to register your attendance, please contact: Air Power Development Centre E-mail: airpower@defence.gov.au


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