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Air Component Commander

Air Component Commander Air Commodore Darryn Webb

Air Commodore Darryn Webb

Air Commodore Darryn Webb enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in May 1990 and completed pilot training in 1991 at RNZAF Base Wigram and Ohakea. Following graduation he was posted to No. 42 Squadron, RNZAF Base Auckland as an Andover Pilot and in 1994 was posted to No. 40 Squadron, RNZAF Base Auckland as a C-130H pilot. In 1998 he was selected for an inaugural C-130 exchange position with No. 37 Squadron, RAAF Base Richmond flying C-130E and C-130J aircraft. On return to New Zealand in 2001, Air Commodore Webb completed Flying Instructor training before taking up an instructor position at Pilot Training School, RNZAF Base Ohakea.

In November 2002 Air Commodore Webb was promoted to Squadron Leader and posted back to 40 Squadron where he held Training Officer and Flight Commander roles on the C-130H. In December 2006 he was promoted to Wing Commander and posted as Commanding Officer Flying Training Wing at RNZAF Base Ohakea, responsible for all RNZAF ab-initio flying training, aircrew survival training and Air Warfare Officer training. In June 2008 he was posted to No. 40 Squadron as Commanding Officer, responsible for the delivery of tactical and strategic air transport operations for the NZDF. In October 2009 Air Commodore Webb was posted to HQNZDF as the Deputy Director Strategic Commitments, responsible for providing Defence advice in the all of government domain in NZ and the South West Pacific region. In December 2010, he was promoted to Group Captain and appointed Officer Commanding 488 Wing and Senior Commander at RNZAF Base Ohakea. Following promotion to his current rank, Air Commodore Webb was appointed the Deputy Chief of Air Force in January 2016 and most recently, in April 2016, the Air Component Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand.

He has conducted multiple operational missions and deployments including Somalia, East Timor, Antarctica, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the Detachment Commander for the RNZAF support to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami relief effort in Indonesia and Deputy Mission Commander for Exercise Pacific Partnership aboard USS Pearl Harbor in 2013.

Air Commodore Webb completed Junior Staff Course in 2001, NZDF Command and Staff College in 2006 and attended the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College in 2015, where he completed the requirements for a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) from Deakin University.