Guest of Honour 2000

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire
Chief of the Air Staff

Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire was commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1966, following a 3 year cadetship at the RAF College Cranwell. On completion of flying training, he was posted to No 20 Squadron in Singapore where he flew Hunters in the day fighter/ground attack role and the Single Engine Pioneer as an airborne Forward Air Controller. A further tour on Hunters followed, this time as a flying instructor at RAF Valley, during which he trained mainly foreign and commonwealth students. He was promoted to squadron leader in July 1973 and on completion of a conversion to the Harrier in 1975, he took up a Flight Commander appointment on No 3(F) Squadron in Germany.

On his return to the UK in 1978, Air Chief Marshal Squire was posted to a staff appointment in Headquarters Strike Command and two years later he attended the Royal Naval Staff College at Greenwich. He was promoted to wing commander at the end of the course and took command of No 1 (F) Squadron at RAF Wittering, again flying Harriers. Following a second tour of duty at Headquarters Strike Command, firstly as leader of the newly formed Command Briefing and Presentation Team and then as Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Air Chief Marshal Squire was promoted to group captain and was posted to command the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment at RAF Cottesmore. Subsequent senior appointments included Director Air Offensive, Senior Air Staff Officer Headquarters Strike Command; Deputy Chief of Staff Operations United Kingdom Air Forces; Air Officer Commanding No 38 Group; Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group; Assistant Chief of the Air Staff; and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Programmes and Personnel). He assumed the post of Air Officer Commanding in Chief Strike Command and Commander Allied Air Forces Northwestern Europe in March 1999, when he was also made Air Aide de Camp to Her Majesty The Queen. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff on 19 April 2000. Sir Peter is married to Carolyn and they have 3 sons. His interests include cricket and golf.