International Fighter USA

July 28 - 30, 2020 | Washington, D.C.

Air Commodore Terry van Haren

The Australian Air Attache’ in Washington, DC Royal Australian Air Force

Air Commodore Terry van Haren DSM, RAAF

Air Commodore Terry van Haren (‘TVH’) is the Australian Air Attache’ in Washington, DC.

Terry joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1986 as a direct entry pilot, and first flew DH4 Caribou tactical transport aircraft. He rerolled to fast jets in 1991 and has subsequently served with all four Australian Classic Hornet (FA18A/B) Squadrons. He completed Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) course in 1997, and conducted instructional tours at 2 Operational Conversion Unit and No. 77 Squadron. In 2003, he led No. 75 Squadron operations during Operation FALCONER (Iraqi Freedom), for which he was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for his ‘exceptional leadership in warlike operations’.

As a Wing Commander, van Haren commanded No. 3 Squadron (FA18A+) at RAAF Base Williamtown between 2009 and 2011. He was promoted to Group Captain in 2012 and served two years as Director Air and Space Operations Centre at HQ Joint Operations Command. In 2014, he served as a Battle Director in the 609th Combined Air and Space Operations Centre (CAOC). In 2015, he was appointed Officer Commanding No. 78 Wing with the responsibility to train and develop fighter aircrew and technicians. During this tour he transformed fighter aircrew training with the introduction of performance coaching and the framework for the Fighter Fit program.

In June 2017, TVH was promoted to Air Commodore and he had the privilege to Command the Australian Air Task Group for Operation OKRA (Inherent Resolve).

In over thirty years of service in the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Commodore van Haren has accumulated 6000 hours flying, with over 3000 hours on the Classic Hornet. Air Commodore van Haren also holds a Bachelor of Aviation; Masters of Management in Defence Studies; and Masters of Aviation Management with Distinction.

Terry is married to Rhonda, a registered nurse, and they have three teenage sons. He enjoys swimming, surfing, skiing and is a keen Elvis fan.

Focus Day

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

1:30 PM Australia’s 4th To 5th Generation Fighter Transition And Exploring The Role Of ‘Loyal Wingman’ UCAS

• Outline Australia’s experience in transitioning its fighter force from a fourth to a fifth generation force.
• Assess the role of partnerships in developing and sustaining world leading fighter capabilities.
• Exploring and evaluating the ‘Loyal Wingman’ UCAS concept with air combat platforms.


Monday, May 14th, 2018

9:45 AM INTERNATIONAL PANEL: Creating The 6th Generation Fighter Jet Shopping List And Leading Capability Requirements

• Discussing the future ‘must haves’ for jets in order to dominate the sky and the impact of the multi-role fighter
• Budgeting for the anticipated operational and logistics price tag
• Recognizing what needs to change in the current military/industry relationship to prevent repeating past mistakes

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Air Commodore Terry.

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