Deputy Chief of Air Force
Air Commodore Carol Abraham
Air Commodore Carol Abraham joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1989 as a University Officer Cadet, graduating BSc(Hons). She has served as an air transport navigator on RNZAF HS74 Andover and C130 Hercules, as a Military Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation, and as Detachment Commander for Air Transport operations supporting NZDF in the Middle East.
Command roles have included Commanding Officer RNZAF Ground Training Wing and as Mission Commander for RNZAF VIP Air Transport tasks. Staff roles include Air Command (training management), Headquarters Air Force (plans and strategy), and two tours in Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, the first in air transport plans; and later in joint tasking. The joint tasking role included responsibility for Operation Antarctica (supporting Antarctica NZ) and regional emergency response; coordinating Maritime, Land, and Air tasking teams and working with other security and response agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZAID), and civilian partner organisations.
In August 2015, following study at US Air War College, Air Commodore Abraham was posted to Canberra in a diplomatic role as the Air Advisor, New Zealand Defence Staff. In February 2017 she was promoted to Group Captain and posted as Defence Advisor, New Zealand Defence Staff Canberra. She returned to New Zealand in February 2018 in the role of Assistant Chief of Air Force Strategy Management.
In April 2019 Air Commodore Abraham was promoted to her current rank and was appointed to Deputy Chief of Air Force.
Air Commodore Abraham is a graduate of the NZDF Staff Course, Vietnam National Defence Academy International Senior Officers Course, and USAF Air War College. She holds a BSc(Hons), Master of Strategic Studies (MSS) (Grand Strategy) from Victoria University (New Zealand, 2008) and MSS from Air University (United States, 2015).