Group Captain Tony Barmby was commissioned in 1980, after a 3-year Engineering cadetship with East Midlands Universities Air Squadron at Leicester University.  

Flying training was followed by posting in 1983 to 29(F) Squadron, flying Air Defence Phantoms at RAF Coningsby.  The tour included a 4-month Falkland Islands detachment to 23(F) Squadron at RAF Port Stanley and RAF Mount Pleasant.  He then attended RAF Central Flying School before posting in 1987 to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, instructing Basic Flying Training on the Jet Provost.  

On promotion to squadron leader in 1990, he returned to the Phantom as Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor and then Flight Commander on 56(F) Squadron, RAF Wattisham, until the withdrawal of the aircraft from service in 1992.  Posted  to  RAF  Turnhouse,  he  joined  the  Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff as Staff Officer Air Defence and also flew with 12 Air Experience Flight.

He then attended Advanced Staff Training at RAF Staff College Bracknell in 1995, before appointment as Military Assistant to Commander British Forces Gibraltar.

Following 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 (Policy).

Short-toured 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 Area.  He was then reappointed as Deputy Director in the new Directorate for Policy and Defence Relations (South).  He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2005 before assuming command of Royal Air Force Valley in December 2005.

Tony 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 off-shore sailing.


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