Glenn Torpy

Glenn Torpy

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Lester Torpy, GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC (born 27 July 1953, Ely) is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fast jet pilot in the late 1970s and 1980s, a senior officer in the early 1990s and a senior commander in the late 1990s and 2000s. He served as Chief of the Air Staff, the professional head of the RAF, from 2006 to 2009.

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Glenn Torpy joined the Royal Air Force as a Pilot Officer on 8 September 1974 after obtaining a BSc degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London.

His early career, after he left the RAF College Cranwell, involved flying duties on Jaguar aircraft before qualifying as a weapons instructor on Hawk aircraft.

His early commands included a tour as a Squadron Leader on Tornado aircraft before being appointed Officer Commanding No. 13 Squadron. During the Gulf War, Torpy saw active service with No. 13 Squadron and was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

In 1995, following several staff office appointments, Torpy was appointed Station Commander at RAF Bruggen in Germany. He was then appointed Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood.

From 2001 to 2003 he was Air Officer Commanding Number One Group and he also served as the Air Component Commander on......
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