Air Commodore Chris Luck has taken over as Commandant of the RAF College Cranwell and director of recruitment and initial officer training (RAF).
At Cranwell, he succeeded Air Vice-Marshall David Stubbs, who has taken on the new role of Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary (Human Resources Management) for the RAF at Headquarters Air Command.
He said: “It has been my privilege and pleasure to command RAF College Cranwell and I will look back fondly at my time there. The college continues to deliver world class training to an increasing number of recruits.”
Air Cdre Luck, who joined the RAF in 1984, said he was delighted to be given the honour of commanding the station.
He said: “This is the spiritual home of the RAF and the gateway to exciting and rewarding careers for our youth. I know that it is important to Lincolnshire and that the relationship is mutually supporting. I hope I can continue to build on that special partnership during my time here.”
A qualified helicopter instructor with over 4,900 hours of military flying, Air Cdre Luck has been deployed in Northern Ireland, Belize, Kuwait and Iraq. He then went to the Advanced Staff College at the USAF’s Air Command ain Montgomery, Alabama, gaining a Masters Degree in Military Operational Art and ending the tour on the staff as deputy director of strategy and war. After that he became the first non-US student at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, gaining a Masters degree in Strategic Air Power.
Returning the UK in 2007, he took command of 33 Squadron at RAF Benson and two years later was posted to the Permanent Joint Headquarters as deputy assistent chief of staff with specific responsibility for the broader Middle East region and global counter terrorism. This was followed by a tour as Station Commander of RAF Shawbury.
Air Cdre Luck was awarded the MBE for his contribution to operations in Northern Ireland. He is married to Sara and they have two daughers, Ellie, 20, and Harriet, 6, and a 14-year-old son, Charles. Air Cdre Luck enjoys horse riding, skiing, motorbikes, running and ongoing studies.