New President for the Wing
Air Marshall Philip Sturley CB MBE RAF (Retd) has kindly agreed to take over the role of South and East Midlands Wing’s President after the previous President, Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Kennedy, stood down through ill health.
An RAF fast jet pilot, the Air Marshall gained his love of flying through the Air Cadets so will be no stranger to the ways of the Air Cadet Organisation. As a pilot, Air Marshall Sturley achieved over 6,000 hours of flying in over a hundred different types of aircraft with the majority of the hours spent flying the Phantom, Jaguar and Tornado.The Air Marshall served in many and varied Staff roles both within the UK Military and NATO including Senior Air Staff Officer at Strike Command and Air Officer Commanding the old 38 Group. He was also Director of Operations for air operations in Kosovo and had the responsibility for establishing ISAF air operations in Afghanistan.
He retired from the active list in October 2005, but continues to serve as a reserve officer. He was President of the RAF Association, from 2005 to 2011, and continues as a Life Vice-President. He is Lead Mentor to the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy, and Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee. He also regularly chairs international Air Power conferences. His sporting passion is gliding, in which he holds all 3 Diamonds, is an active instructor and mountain pilot with over 2000hrs gliding, and was manager of the Great Britain Gliding Team from 2008 to 2012. In December 2011 he was appointed as Honorary Air Commodore of No 4624 Sqn, the largest unit in the RAuxAF.
Air Marshal Sturley was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air in 1980, and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1985. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1993, and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2000. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in April 2004, and invited to become a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2010.
South & East Midlands Wing are fortunate to have the Air Marshall as President to fill the void left by Sir Jock who served the wing so well for many years.