Air Vice-Marshal CARL NEWMAN

Royal Australian Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Carl Newman is Deputy Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the Deputy Theater Air Component Commander to the Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. PACAF is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe. The command supports 46,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.

AVM Newman began service in 1989, as a direct entrant Royal Australian Air Force navigator flying the C-130 Hercules. On postings to 37 and 36 Squadrons, AVM Newman accrued 6,400 flight hours in all Royal Australian Air Force C-130 roles and missions.

During his distinguished flying career, AVM Newman has served in numerous operations, including the liberation of Kuwait in 1990, the UN Advanced Mission Cambodia in 1991, Unified Task Force Somalia in 1993, Australian Defence Force East Timor operations in 1999, and Australian Defence Force Middle East operations in 2003. He also participated in numerous Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations supporting affected personnel within Australia, South East Asia and the South West Pacific.

In 2004, AVM Newman attended the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, receiving a master’s degree in Military Operational Art and Science.  He is also a graduate of the Australian Defence Strategic Studies Course in 2019. He has had key staff tours, including leading Royal Australian Air Force’s Plan Jericho, as the J3 Deputy Chief of Operations Plans at United States Central Command Tampa, Florida, and as the Royal Australian Air Force’s Air Mobility Group Chief of Staff. Air Vice-Marshal Newman has commanded RAAF’s Air Mobility Training and Development Unit, Number 84 Wing and its Air Mobility Group.  He most recently served as Deputy Commander of Australia’s Air Command.


2004 USAF Air Command and Staff College, Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University
2018 Australian Senior Air Component Leadership Course
2019 Australian Defence Strategic Studies
2020 Australian CAPSTONE Program



  1. March 1989 – September 1990, under training at RAAF College and School of Air Navigation
  2. September 1990 – November 1991, Navigator - 37 Squadron
  3. November 1991 – July 1993, Navigator - 36 Squadron
  4. March 1994 – January 1996, Operations Plans - Headquarters Air Lift Group
  5. January 1996 – January 2001, Navigator - 36 Squadron
  6. January 2001 – January 2002, Wing Safety and Standards Officer - Number 86 Wing
  7. January 2002 – May 2004, Airborne Operations Flight Commander, 36 Squadron
  8. May 2004 – June 2005, Student - USAF Command and Staff College
  9. June 2005 – June 2007, Instructor - USAF Command and Staff College
  10. June 2007 – January 2010, Deputy Director Capability Coordination – Air Force Headquarters
  11. January 2010 – January 2012, Deputy Operations Plans – U.S. Central Command
  12. January 2012 – January 2014, Commanding Officer - Air Mobility Training and Development Unit
  13. January 2014 – January 2015, Chief of Staff Headquarters - Air Lift Group
  14. January 2015 – January 2017, Officer Commanding - Headquarters 84 Wing
  15. January 2017 – January 2019, Director Plan Jericho – Air Force Headquarters
  16. January 2019 – January 2020, Student - Australian Defence Strategic Studies
  17. January 2020 – July 2022, Commander - Air Mobility Group
  18. July 2022 – December 2022, Deputy Air Commander Australia
  19. January 2023 – Present, Australian Deputy Commander, USAF Pacific Air Forces



  1. January 2010 – January 2012, Deputy Operations Plans – USCENTCOM
  2. January 2019 – January 2020, Student - Australian Defence Strategic Studies



Rating: Navigator

Flight hours: 6,400

Aircraft flown: HS-748, C-130E, C130-H



Order of Australia Medal

Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp KUWAIT, EAST TIMOR, ICAT, IRAQ 2003, SOMALIA

Returned from Active Service Badge

Saudi Arabia – Liberation of Kuwait Medal

Australian Service medal with Clasp SPECIAL OPS

Commander Australian Theatre Commendation

Chief of the Defence Force Commendation

Iraq Medal

United States Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Unit Citation – Squadrons 36 and 37 – OPS FALCONER, CATALYST and SLIPPER



Pilot Officer September 1990

Flying Officer September 1992

Flight Lieutenant March 1995

Squadron Leader January 2001

Wing Commander January 2008

Group Captain January 2014

Air Commodore January 2020

Air Vice-Marshal December 2022

(Current as of January 2023)