Vice Chief of Defence Force

Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short

Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force
Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Kevin Short, Vice Chief of Defence Force

In his early career Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Short was employed on No 5 Squadron, completing duties as a Navigator, Tactical Coordinator, and Aircraft Captain, and accumulated over 5,000 flying hours primarily on the Orion aircraft. Whilst on No 5 Squadron he held the positions of Navigator Leader, Deployment Commander, and Operations Flight Commander.

In August 1987 AVM Short attended the General Duties Aero Systems Course at Royal Air Force Cranwell, and in 1991 attended No 32 Staff Course at the RNZAF Command and Staff College. In 1999 attended the USAF Air War College in Alabama, USA.

At a senior level AVM Short has been employed in project, plans and development-related appointments including Assistant Chief Development in which he initiated several major projects including the Hercules and Orion upgrades, and the purchase of the B757.

AVM Short has also filled a range of senior command and representational appointments. In 2002 he served as the NZDF Senior National Officer in USCENTCOM as part of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2003 he took up the position of Officer Commanding No 485 Wing, RNZAF Base Auckland with responsibility for the RNZAF Operational Force Elements. In 2006 he served as Senior National Officer and Commander of the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team (Rotation 9), Bamyan, Afghanistan.

In June 2007 AVM Short was appointed Assistant Chief Development (AC Dev) in HQ NZDF on promotion to the rank of Air Commodore and in 2009 he took up the appointment of Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence (AC SCI). In 2011AVM Short was posted as Deputy Chief of Air Force and in 2013 assumed the appointment of Commander Joint Forces New Zealand in the rank of Air Vice-Marshal.

AVM Short was appointed as Vice Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force on 31 March 2014. 

This page was last reviewed on 8 April 2016, and is current.