Farewell Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
29 June 2011
After 41 and-a-half years in the ADF and six years as the Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston will retire on July 4.
Air Chief Marshal Houston joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1970 and spent the early part of his career flying helicopters.
He has served in a multitude of challenging roles, including four years as the Chief of Air Force prior to being promoted to the Chief of the Defence Force.
Air Chief Marshal Houston said it had been a very great privilege to command the ADF over the past six years.
“I am extremely proud of the men and women of the ADF. Though the job they are tasked with is difficult and demanding, they do a magnificent job for our nation and they are able to respond and adapt to whatever is asked of them in the most professional, dedicated and compassionate manner,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“No matter the diversity of the task, nor the uncertainty of the situation, nor the short notice for deployment, I can tell you that in the last six years I have never been disappointed in what the men and women of the ADF have been able to achieve on operations.
“They have not let me down, not let the people of Australia down, and not let themselves down. Thank you.”