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Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies - Vice Chief of Defence Force

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies

Vice Chief of Defence Force

The Vice Chief of Defence Force (VCDF) is a senior appointment in the NZDF, responsible for integration between the senior military and civil personnel with responsibilities for command and governance.

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies joined the RNZAF in 1984 as a trainee pilot. He then entered the Air Transport role flying Andover, Hercules, and Boeing aircraft. On 10 September 2018, he became Vice Chief of Defence Force .

A wide range of operational experience

Davies became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his role in the 1998 mid-winter Antarctic rescue mission. He helped carry out a risky mission to rescue eleven Americans from McMurdo Station.

During his career, he's held a range of command and staff appointments including:

  • Commanding Officer No 40 Squadron
  • Officer Commanding 485 Wing
  • Assistant Chief of Air Force Capability
  • Assistant Chief Strategic Commitments and Intelligence
  • Air Component Commander at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand
  • Chief of Air Force.

He's a proud graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff Course, and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Values-led leadership

Davies has always embodied our NZDF values. He's a valuable advocate for:

  • enhancing diversity in the NZDF
  • promoting innovation, empowerment and leadership
  • Schools to Skies
  • mentoring juniors to grow within NZDF.