Air Commodore Terry Delahunty AM
After graduating from the School of Air Navigation at RAAF East Sale in 1977, AIRCDRE Terry Delahunty was posted to RAAF Richmond and flew aboard C130 Hercules aircraft with No 37 SQN and No 36 SQN. Between 1981 and 1983, he was posted to RAAF Base Amberley to navigate F-111 strike aircraft with No 1 SQN, after which he was chosen to be the Royal Air Force exchange officer to fly aboard Buccaneer fighter/bomber aircraft with No 208 SQN at RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland.
On return to Australia in 1986, he held a series of flying positions including: No 1 SQN Weapons Flight Commander; No 6 SQN F111C Instructor and No 82 Wing Commander Operations. As the Weapons Flight Commander, he was closely involved in the development of F111 and F/A-18 join operational tactics and training and also achieved Category A standard as an F111 strike navigator. On leaving F111flying in 1990 he attended RAN Staff College and subsequently posted to Air Command as Command Weapons Office. Promoted to WGCDR in December, 1992 he was posted to RAN Staff College, Directing Staff, until mid 1995 followed by Joint Services Staff College and return to Air Command in 1996 as the Staff Officer Offensive Support.
In 1997, AIRCDRE Delahunty was posted to Joint Operations Command as the first Military Adviser to Commander Australian Theatre and also undertook Indonesian language training in preparation for promotion to Group Captain and his 1998 posting to Jakarta as Air Force Attaché. On return to Australia in 2000, he attended the Australian Defence College as a Course Member, then between 2001 and 2003, appointed the inaugural Officer Commanding No 44 Wing Air Traffic Control and was responsible for the planning and implementation of the RAAF Air Traffic Control deployment to Baghdad in April, 2003. In this period he was also Commander Defence Supplementation Staff, Jakarta and deployed to the Indonesian capital in 2001 in command of a contingency group at the commencement of OP SLIPPER.
In 2003, he was appointed by ACAUST as the Project Officer to merge Surveillance and Control and Maritime Patrol to form the Surveillance and Response Group and he became the initial Chief of Staff in 2004. AIRCDRE Delahunty was appointed as a member of The Order of Australia in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List for recognition of his work in Surveillance and Response Group.
In December 2004, AIRCDRE Delahunty transferred to the Air Force Reserve and on New Years Day, 2005 seconded for deployment to OP SUMATRA ASSIST for liaison duties during the Tsunami relief operations. Between 2004 and 2006, he was employed as a Senior Project Manager with Ball Solutions Group (now QinetiQ) before returning on Continuous Full Time Service in the Active Reserve in AFHQ as Director Combat Capability in 2007.
In April, 2008 he was appointed the Defence Attaché Baghdad for six months and returned to AFHQ at the end of 2008 as the Acting Director Enabling Capability Management. AIRCDRE Delahunty was appointed to the position of Director General Reserves - Air Force on 20January, 2009.
Married to Shonagh; they have three adult children: a daughter and son who have completed university and work in London in law and advertising. Their second daughter is a fine arts graduate and works in media.
AIRCDRE Delahunty's interests include cycling, fishing and restoring a vintage car.