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Warrant Officer of the Air Force

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Warrant Officer of the
Royal Australian Air Force
Robert Swanwick

since 1 December 2015
Style Warrant Officer of the Air Force (Warrant Officer)
Term length 3 years
Inaugural holder Richard ('Dick') Newton

Warrant Officer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF) is the most senior Warrant Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It is a singular appointment – it is only held by one person at any time. The special insignia for the WOFF-AF is the Australian coat of arms with a wreath around it. The current Warrant Officer of the Air Force[1] is Robert Swanwick.

Based on the United States Air Force practice of appointing a Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force,[citation needed] the WOFF-AF is responsible to the Chief of Air Force (CAF).

The appointment is the equivalent of the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army (RSM-A) in the Australian Army and Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N) in the Royal Australian Navy.

The post was created by the then Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal I.B. Gration, to provide a conduit between Air Force’s senior leadership and the airman ranks.[2]

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1 Richard ('Dick') Newton AM 15 February 1993 1996 [2]
2 Bryan Tuckey OAM 1996 1999
3 John Boydell June 1999 2 August 2002 [3][4]
4 Peter Hall AM 2 August 2002 2005 [3]
5 Ray Woolnough AM 2005 2008 [5][6]
6 John ('JJ') Millar AM 16 December 2008 4 November 2011 Promoted to Squadron Leader on leaving post[6][7]
7 Mark Pentreath CSM 4 November 2011 1 December 2015 [1][8]
8 Robert Swanwick 1 December 2015 Incumbent


Challenge Coin of the Warrant Officer of the Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force; Specifically, WOFF-AF Mark Pentreath.
Challenge Coin of the Warrant Officer of the Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force; Specifically, WOFF-AF Mark Pentreath.

The WOFF-AF has some items that may be presented on occasion, such as the Challenge Coin.


  1. ^ a b "Warrant Officer of the Air Force". Our People. RAAF. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Warrant Officer of the Air Force" (PDF). Oral History Program - Snippets: No.3. Office of Air Force History.
  3. ^ a b "Our new WOFF". Air Force. 44 (11). June 2002. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  4. ^ "Revved up for Retirement". Air Force. 44 (14). August 2002. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  5. ^ "Last air mail for WOFF-AF" (PDF). Air Force. 50 (21): 2. November 2008.
  6. ^ a b "NEW WARRANT OFFICER OF THE AIR FORCE". Media Release MSPA 404/08. Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence. 16 December 2008. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  7. ^ "Was a great ride, but JJ now on to next challenge" (PDF). Air Force. 53 (22): 2. November 2011.
  8. ^ "WOFF-AF new ground" (PDF). Air Force. 53 (22): 2. November 2011.

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