Air Vice-Marshal Chris Luck MBE MA MPhil RAF
Chief Executive Defence Academy and Commandant Joint Services Command and Staff College
Chris Luck joined the RAF as a direct entrant in 1984 as a pilot. His first operational tour was with 33 Squadron at RAF Odiham, which included deployments to Northern Ireland, Belize and to Iraq on OP GRANBY. He was then posted to 230 Squadron at RAF Aldergrove from 1992 to 1996, returning briefly to RAF Shawbury in 1992 to train as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor. His tour included an United Nations’ deployment to Bosnia, as well as an extended stint with the Northern Ireland Special Operations Support Flight. He left 230 Squadron to return to RAF Odiham as the Puma Operational Conversion Unit Flight Commander, 27(R) Squadron. A posting to RAF Strike Command followed as the Rotary desk officer, which then migrated to the newly formed Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) at HQ Land, Wilton.
On finishing at JHC, Chris Luck was posted to the Kuwait Air Force as an Advisor and helicopter instructor at Ali Al Salem Air Base, flying Pumas and Gazelles. In April 2003 he was posted to the United States Air Force's Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, gaining a Masters degree in Military Operational Art. On completion of the course he remained on the directing staff, completing the tour as the Deputy Director of Strategy and War. This was immediately followed by a return to study as the first non-US student at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, gaining a Masters degree in Strategic Air power.
Chris Luck took command of 33 Squadron at RAF Benson in 2007. This tour was set against the backdrop of OP TELIC and was completed in June 2009. Promoted to Group Captain in June 2009, he was posted to the Permanent Joint Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff in the J5 Plans branch, with specific responsibility for the Broader Middle East region and global Counter Terrorism. This was followed by a tour as Station Commander RAF Shawbury from 2011 to 2013, time as a Strategy student at the Royal College of Defence Studies from September 2013 to November 2013 before taking up the post of Commandant of the RAF College and Director Recruiting and Initial Training from December 2013 to August 2016. Promoted to Air Vice-Marshal in January 2017, Chris Luck is currently serving as Chief Executive Defence Academy and Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the Defence Academy.