Group Captain Peter  (Spike) R Davies, CSC,  Chief of Staff, Air Combat Group

Peter Davies enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in May 1988 as a direct entrant Air Defence Officer.

Following Air Defence Controller Course, he served with No 3 Control and Reporting Unit  and No 114 Mobile Control and Reporting Unit before qualifying as a Fighter Combat Controller in 1992. After instructing at 3 Control and Reporting Unit, Peter was selected for Airborne Warning and Control System training with No 8 Squadron RAF, qualifying as an Boeing E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System Weapons Controller and Fighter Allocator.

Peter commanded No 1 Radar Surveillance Unit from 2009 to 2012, receiving a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2013 Australia Day honours. He later commanded No 41 Wing, responsible for the Air Defence Ground Environment, Over-the-Horizon Radar and emerging space surveillance capabilities.

Peter’s operational service includes flying as AWACS aircrew on NATO operations for the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, completing over 100 missions and receiving the NATO Medal with Former Republic of Yugoslavia clasp.

Staff appointments include wing-level appointments, Capability Development Group, Headquarters Surveillance and Response Group, and Air Force Headquarters.

Peter also has overseas experience serving with the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force.

He is a Distinguished Graduate with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the United States National War College at Fort McNair, Washington DC.  GPCAPT Davies is married to Catherine and has three adult children.