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Air Vice Marshal Ronald Dick CB, FRAeS (18 October 1931 – 25 March 2008) was a Royal Air Force officer who served as Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C. from 1984 to 1988.

Ronald Dick
Born(1931-10-18)18 October 1931
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Died25 March 2008(2008-03-25) (aged 76)
Fredericksburg, United States
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service1950–1981
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldRAF Honington (1978–80)
No. 9 Squadron (1970–72)
Battles/warsFalklands War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air

RAF careerEdit

Educated at Beckenham and Penge County Grammar School,[1] Dick joined the Royal Air Force as a cadet in January 1950.[2] He became officer commanding No. 9 Squadron RAF flying Vulcan bombers in 1970.[2] He went on to be Junior Air Force Member on the staff of the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1972, Personal Staff Officer to the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1974 and Station Commander at RAF Honington in 1978.[2] After that he became Air Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1980 in which role he negotiated US support for British air operations during Falklands War in 1982.[1] His last appointments were as Director of Organisation and Establishments in 1983, as Director of Quartering in 1984 and as Head of the British Defence Staff and Defence Attaché in Washington, D.C. in 1984 before retiring in 1988.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick". The Telegraph. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Air Vice-Marshal R Dick". Air of Authority – A History of RAF Organisation. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Ministry of Defence and Senior Tri-Service Appointments" (PDF). Retrieved 7 June 2015.
Military offices
Preceded by
Anthony Boam
Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C.
Succeeded by
Edwin Beckett