Malcolm Pledger

Sir Malcolm Pledger
Born (1948-07-24) 24 July 1948
Littleborough, Lancashire
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1966–2005
Rank Air Chief Marshal
Commands held Logistics Command
RAF Shawbury
No. 28 Squadron
No. 240 Operational Conversion Unit
No. 28 Squadron
Battles/wars Falklands War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Air Force Cross

Air Chief Marshal Sir Malcolm David Pledger, KCB, OBE, AFC (born 24 July 1948) is a retired Royal Air Force officer.

RAF career

Pledger was educated at Heywood Grammar School (became part of a comprehensive in 1968 and is now Siddal Moor Sports College) and Newcastle University, where he read chemistry.[1] Pledger then attended the RAF College, Cranwell where he completed his initial officer training.[1] After basic flying training Pledger's flying career was on helicopters.[1] He was appointed Officer Commanding No. 28 Squadron in 1978 and then commanded No. 240 Operational Conversion Unit before taking part in the Falklands War and commanding No. 28 Squadron.[1] He became Station Commander of RAF Shawbury in 1990 before being appointed Air Officer Plans at Headquarters Strike Command in 1994.[1] He went on to be Chief of Staff at Logistics Command in 1997, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at Logistics Command in April 1999[1] and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel) in September 1999.[2] He was Chief of Defence Logistics from 2002 to 2005.[3]


He married Betty Kershaw; they have two sons.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Colin Terry
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Logistics Command
Succeeded by
Graham Skinner
Preceded by
Sir Jeremy Blackham
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Personnel)
Succeeded by
Anthony Palmer
Preceded by
Sir Samuel Cowan
Chief of Defence Logistics
Succeeded by
Sir Kevin O'Donoghue
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