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Vice Chief of the
Defence Force

Reserve and Youth Division

Biography - Deputy Head RYD

Major General Iain Spence

Deputy Head Reserve and Youth Division (RYD), Air Commodore Andrew Elfverson.

After completing a Bachelor of Business Public Administration at Queensland Institute of Technology, Air Commodore Andrew Elfverson joined the RAAF as a Direct Entry Officer in 1984. Following graduation from OTS in 1985, he was posted to the RAAF School of Languages Point Cook, Victoria. As a junior officer he also held various training, administration and executive staff appointments at Support Command, No 6 Squadron, 82 Wing, RAAF College, and Amberley Base Personnel Administration Centre.

As a Squadron Leader he was posted as the Senior Administrative Officer at 501 Wing Amberley, Queensland in 1994. This was followed by a short posting to the Directorate of Personnel Officers in 1996 before returning to Amberley in 1997 to 301 Air Base Wing. In 1998, he returned to 501 Wing as the Team Leader for the Market Testing Team, the largest commercial support activity undertaken by Defence. In August 1999, he had assumed command of No 23 (City of Brisbane) Squadron.

From February to August 2000, he served with the United Nations Transitional Administration – East Timor (UNTAET) in the Australian National Command Element Headquarters (ASNCE-EM) as the Co-ordination Officer. On completion of this deployment, he was attached to the F-111 Deseal Reseal Board of Inquiry.

In November 2000, he was promoted to Wing Commander and appointed Commanding Officer 383 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron followed by command of 382 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron in 2002. The following year he graduated from Australian Command and Staff College with a Masters of Management - Defence Studies, and subsequently assumed the role of Deputy Director Personnel Executive Review in January 2004.

He was promoted to Group Captain in 2005 and appointed as Director Military Administration - Air Force. As a Group Captain he also served as Director of Chief of the Defence Force Commissions of Inquiry Directorate, Director of Coordination – Air Force and was appointed to the position of Director Personnel - Air Force in December 2011.

In 2007, Air Commodore Elfverson was awarded graduate status from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in May 2008 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and subsequently he was granted Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in May 2014.

On promotion to Air Commodore in January 2013, he was appointed as Director General Strategic Communication. This was followed by a short period from March to May 2015 as Director General Reserves – Air Force. In May 2015, Air Commodore Elfverson was appointed to his current position of Deputy Head Cadets, Reserve and Employer Support Division within the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group.

In February 2014, he was accepted as a White Ribbon Ambassador.