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Defence Attaché - Head of Australian Defence Staff

AVM Alan Clements CSC was born in Townsville, QLD on 28 February 1963. After graduating from high school in 1980, he undertook an apprenticeship and was subsequently employed as an electrical fitter mechanic with the Queensland Electricity Generating Board.

Alan entered the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircrew cadet on 20 August 1985 to undertake pilot training, graduating in December 1986. He was posted to the School of Air Navigation to fly HS748 aircraft, with subsequent flying tours as an instructor on CT-4 and Macchi aircraft before undertaking F/A-18 conversion in 1993.

After a tour at 75 Squadron, he served as an F/A-18 instructor until promoted to Squadron Leader in 1997 and posted to Force Development as the desk officer responsible for the fighter capability. His F/A-18 executive flying appointments include Flight Commander 77 Squadron, Executive Officer No 2 Operational Conversion Unit, and culminated with Commanding Officer 77 Squadron in 2005 and 2006 In December 2006 he was promoted to Group Captain and posted as Chief of Staff Air Combat Group. In January of 2009 he was posted as Officer Commanding Number 78 Wing and responsible for Hawk 127 aircraft, fast jet aircrew training and technical specialist training for ground crew working on F/A-18, Hawk and F-111 aircraft. In September 2010 he was posted as Director Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety.

Air Commodore Clements' operational deployments include Chief of Staff of the National Command Headquarters for Operation SLIPPER in 2002 and air operations Battle Director of the Middle East area in the USAF CAOC (Al Udeid) in the first half of 2010.

On promotion to Air Commodore in October of 2011 he was posted to Director General Force Structure Review. He was appointed as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in December 2013 finishing in December 2016. For his achievements in this role he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He was promoted to Air Vice Marshal on 6 January 2017 and took up his current role as Head Australian Defence Staff on 13 January 2017.

His hobbies include aerobatics, flying vintage aircraft, tennis and golf. He is married to Helene with two daughters, Rebecca and Daniele.