Funnell first VCDF

On this day Air Vice-Marshal Ray Funnell, then serving as Assistant Chief of the Defence Force (Policy) at Headquarters Australian Defence Force, was promoted Air Marshal and appointed as Vice-Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF). This newly-created post made Funnell effectively the chief of staff of HQADF, with responsibility for directing both the operations and policy divisions. His specific responsibilities included ADF long-term planning—the most important being planning for the defence of Australia—and coordination of ADF force development planning procedure. This became only the second occasion on which the RAAF had two three-star officers serving at the same time—the first being 1961—65, when in addition to the Chief of the Air Staff there was Air Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (before he was promoted Air Chief Marshal). Funnell served a year as VCDF before he moved across to become CAS in July 1987.


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