Air Component Commander

Air Commodore Tim Walshe

AIRCDRE Tim Walshe

AIRCDRE Walshe enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1984 and graduated from Navigator training in early 1986.  He completed some twelve years on No. 5 Squadron operating the P3K Orion in Navigation, Tactical Co-ordinator and Instructional roles.  Before leaving the Squadron in 2001, held the position of Squadron Training Flight Commander

In 1989, AIRCDRE Walshe served as an Operations Officer in the then Operations Group Headquarters, RNZAF Base Auckland.  AIRCDRE Walshe has also completed two tours of the RNZAF Officer Training School, one as a Directing Staff member (1994-95), the second as the Officer Commanding (2001-03).  In more recent years, AIRCDRE Walshe held the positions of Director of the RNZAF Air Power Development Centre (2004 and 2006-08), Commanding Officer Operational Support Wing at RNZAF Base Ohakea (2009-10), Defence Adviser to Singapore/Defence Attaché to Vietnam and Cambodia (2011-13), Commander Operational Support  
Command (early 2014) and Base Commander Auckland (2014-2017).

AIRCDRE Walshe has served on two occasions in the Middle East.  In May 2003, as part of the NZDF’s OPERATION TROY, AIRCDRE Walshe was attached to the United Stated Naval Central Command (USNAVCENT) in Bahrain as the NZDF Liaison Officer (LO).  In 2007, AIRCDRE Walshe served as the LO to the United States Central Command Coalition Air Operations Centre in Qatar.

AIRCDRE Walshe completed Senior Staff College in New Zealand in 2000 and then in 2005-06 AIRCDRE Walshe attended the United States Air Force Air War College completing a Masters in Strategic Studies.  In October-November 2009, AIRCDRE Walshe participated in the International Symposium Course conducted by the National Defence University, Peoples’ Liberation Army in China.  AIRCDRE Walshe recently completed the Royal College of Defence Studies (2018) in London followed by a short tour as a Special Projects Officer undertaking the Defence Capability Programme-Review.  AIRCDRE Walshe was appointed Air Component Commander in September 2018.

AIRCDRE Walshe is married to Shona and has two adult children.


This page was last reviewed on 19 November 2018.