Air Commodore John Philliban

Hd Joint User C4ISR & Cyber at Joint Forces Command
Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Air Commodore John Philliban was commissioned into the Engineer Branch in February 1989. As a communications-electronics (CE) officer, he has undertaken various CE tours which have included postings to the Falklands and Cyprus. On promotion to squadron leader, Air Commodore Philliban took up the appointment of Officer Commanding Communications & Electronics Squadron at the Department of Specialist Ground Training at RAF College Cranwell. Following this tour, he was posted to Tactical Communications Wing (TCW), RAF Brize Norton, where he took up the post of Officer Commanding 2 Squadron.

During his time at TCW, Air Commodore Philliban participated in various Exercises and Operations, including Exercise SAIF SAREEA, Operation VERITAS, FINGAL and TELIC. During Operation TELIC, he held the position of A6 Chief of Staff within the UK Air Component Command. Posted and promoted to wing commander in May 03, he took up his new post of SO1 J6 Policy (Combined Communications Electronics Board (CCEB)) at the Ministry of Defence. After some 18 months in post, Air Commodore Philliban was posted to the Joint Services Command and Staff College to undertake Advanced Staff Training. He graduated with a Kings College London MA in July 2005 and was posted to Headquarters Strike Command as SO1 Equipment Capability within the newly formed Joint Air Land Organisation, with specific responsibility for upgrading the Forward Air Controller equipment line of development.

In March 2007, he took up the appointment of Manning 13, where he was the Career Manager for approximately 360 wing commanders from the Engineer and Supply branches. On promotion to gp capt, he was posted to RAF Leeming in Dec 08 to take up Command of 90 Signals Unit.  On completion of this tour, Air Commodore Philliban was posted to the Joint Forces Intelligence Group, initially located at MOD Feltham but, during his time, relocated to RAF Wyton, as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander. Following a short stint at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, Air Commodore Philliban took up his current appointment as Head of Joint User C4ISR & Cyber as of 31 January 2014.