Chief of the Defence Force


Angus Houston joined the RAAF as a cadet pilot in 1970. He is a qualified Flight Instructor and completed several instructional tours on Macchi, BAC Strikemaster and Iroquois aircraft in the late 1970s. He also served on exchange with the Republic of Singapore Air Force and the US Air Force helicopter unit.


Air Chief Marshal Houston’s principal command appointments include Number 9 Squadron in 1987, during the introduction of the Blackhawk, the relocation of the unit from Amberley to Townsville and its transfer to Army, 5th Aviation Regiment in 1989 and Number 86 Wing from 1994-1995. He was also Commander Integrated Air Defence System from 1999-2000.


Air Chief Marshal Houston has wide staff experience having served on the Joint Operations staff at Headquarters Australian Defence during the Gulf crisis of 1990-1991. He was the Director Air Force Policy during 1992-1993 and served at Headquarters Australian Theatre from 1997-1999 as Chief of Staff, and Head Strategic Command from 2000-2001.


He was promoted to Air Chief Marshal and appointed the Chief of the Defence Force in July 2005 after four years as Chief of Air Force.


He is a graduate of the Flying Instructors Course, RAAF Staff College, Joint Services Staff College and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.


In 2008, Air Chief Marshal Houston was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. In 1980 he was awarded the Air Force Cross. He is married to Liz and they have three sons.