He then attended Advanced Staff
Training at RAF Staff College Bracknell in
1995, before appointment as Military Assistant
to Commander British Forces Gibraltar.
promotion to wing commander in 1997, he
converted to the Tornado F3 and commanded
5(AC) Squadron, RAF Coningsby, which deployed
3 times to Saudi Arabia on Op BOLTON, in
support of Op SOUTHERN WATCH, policing the
Iraqi Southern No-fly Zone.
In 2001 he was posted to the MOD Chiefs
of Staff Secretariat as Assistant Secretary
on promotion after 18 months, he took up the
post of Assistant Director (Far East and West)
in the Directorate for Overseas Military
Activity in September 2002.
From December 2002 he led a temporary
project within the overall MOD Head Office
Reorganisation project involving the
reorganisation of the Policy and Commitments
was then reappointed as Deputy Director in the
new Directorate for Policy and Defence
He attended the Royal College of
Defence Studies in 2005 before assuming
command of Royal Air Force Valley in December
Barmby is married to Julie. They have a son,
Harry, and a daughter, Charlotte.
He is a junior rugby coach and referee
for club and school teams.
Other interests include dinghy and