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Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies

The Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF) is a senior appointment in the NZDF, responsible for integration between the senior military and civil personnel with responsibilities for command and governance.

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies - Vice Chief of Defence Force

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies joined the RNZAF in 1984 as a trainee pilot, and entered the Air Transport role flying Andover, Hercules and Boeing aircraft.

He was appointed Vice Chief of Defence Force on 10 September 2018.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies has a range of operational experience and was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his role in the 1998 mid-winter Antarctic rescue mission from McMurdo Station.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies has held a range of command and staff appointments including; Commanding Officer No 40 Squadron, Officer Commanding 485 Wing, Assistant Chief of Air Force Capability, Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence, and Air Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies was promoted to his current rank in March 2016 when he assumed the role of Chief of Air Force. Air Vice-Marshal Davies is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff Course, and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Air Vice-Marshal Davies is an advocate for enhancing diversity in the NZDF, and promoting innovation, empowerment and leadership across all ranks, particularly at junior levels.