- Mark Binskin
Mark Donald Binskin Born 20 March 1960
Sydney, New South Wales
Allegiance Commonwealth of Australia Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Navy
Years of service 1978 – Present Rank Air Marshal Commands held Vice Chief of Defence Force
Chief of Air Force
RAAF Air Command
Air Combat Group
No. 77 Squadron
- Operation Catalyst
Awards Officer of the Order of Australia
Commendation for Distinguished Service
Gugseon Medal of the Order of National Security Merit (South Korea)
Meritorious Service Medal (Singapore)
Air Marshal Mark Donald Binskin AO (b. 20 March 1960) is a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, currently serving as Vice Chief of the Defence Force. He previously served as Chief of Air Force from 2008 until 2011.
In January 1982, he was selected as the first RAN pilot to undergo an exchange with the Royal Australian Air Force, flying Mirage III aircraft. On completion of this exchange, and with the disbanding of the Navy's fixed wing capability, he joined the RAAF in 1984.
Binskin's flying qualifications include Fighter Combat Instructor and Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot. Additionally, he has served as the RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Demonstration Pilot, and in this position represented the RAAF throughout Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand, and has over 3,500 hours in single-seat fighter aircraft. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his performance in these two positions.
During Australia's 2003 contribution to the war in Iraq, he served as Chief of Staff at Headquarters Australian Theatre. Following this, he served as the first dedicated non-United States Air Force Director of the US Central Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, where he was responsible for the conduct of all Coalition air operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (ADF Operations Catalyst and Slipper). For his leadership capabilities in this appointment, he was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service.
Binskin was appointed to the position of Air Commander Australia on 26 July 2007. He assumed the position of Chief of the Air Force on 4 July 2008; upon assuming this appointment, he was promoted to Air Marshal on 4 July 2008.
Binskin was appointed an Officer of the Order Of Australia in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours List for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. Binskin has additionally been honoured with Singapore's Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gugseon Medal of the Order of National Security Merit from South Korea.
Binskin is married to Gitte. Together they have two sons; Scott who born in 1989 and Nicholas who was born in 1993. His interests include camping, motor sports and motorcycle riding.
Honours and awards
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (2010) Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (1989) Commendation for Distinguished Service (26 January 2005) Australian Active Service Medal with 2 Clasps "IRAQ 2003" and "ICAT" Iraq Medal Defence Force Service Medal with 3 clasps 30–34 years service Australian Defence Medal Order of National Security Merit (Korea) 2010 Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) 2010
- ^ Gharahkani, Soraiya (16 April 2008). "Flying high". Cambelltown Macarthur Advertiser. http://campbelltown.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/flying-high/1224629.html. Retrieved 2008-05-01.
- ^ a b c d e "Chief of Air Force". raaf.gov.au. 2009. http://www.raaf.gov.au/Leaders/caf.aspx. Retrieved 12 April 2010. [dead link]
- ^ a b It's an Honour entry - Member of the Order of Australia - 12 June 1989
Citation: In recognition of service to the RAAF as an F/A-18 display pilot and the No77 Squadron Fighter Combat Instructor.
- ^ a b It's an Honour entry - Commendation for Distinguished Service - 26 January 2005
Citation: For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the Director of the Coalition Combined Air Operations Center in the Middle East Area of Operations during Operation CATALYST.
- ^ "Bio for Air Vice Marshal Mark Binskin". Safeskies Aviation Safety Conference. 1 November 2007. http://www.safeskiesaustralia.org/speakers_binskin.html. Retrieved 2008-05-01. [dead link]
- ^ New Defence leadership team announced
- ^ a b Its an Honour Binksin AO retrieved 14 June 2010
- ^ "Chief of Air Force: Air Marshal Mark Binskin". Leaders. Royal Australian Air Force. http://www.airforce.gov.au/leaders/caf.aspx. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- ^ "New Chiefs for the Australian Defence Force". Department of Defence. http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/Smithtpl.cfm?CurrentId=11900. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
Military offices Preceded by
Lieutenant General David Hurley
Vice Chief of the Defence Force
Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd
Chief of Air Force
2008 – 2011
Air Marshal Geoff Brown
Air Vice Marshal John Quaife
Air Commander Australia
2007 – 2008
Air Vice Marshal Mark Skidmore
Vice Chief of the Defence Force Chief of the Air Staff
Richard Williams • Stanley Goble • Richard Williams • Stanley Goble • Richard Williams • Stanley Goble • William Anderson • Sir Charles Burnett • George Jones • Sir Donald Hardman • Sir John McCauley • Sir Frederick Scherger • Sir Valston Hancock • Sir Alister Murdoch • Sir Colin Hannah • Sir Charles Read • Sir James Rowland • Sir Neville McNamara • David Evans • John Newham • Ray Funnell • Barry Gration • Les Fisher
Chief of Air Force
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