Air Commodore Phil Gordon is the Commander of the Australian Air Task Group conducting combat operations over Iraq and Syria as part of Operation OKRA. The Air Task Group comprises 240 personnel in three operating locations providing strike, air to air refuelling, airborne and ground based command and control, intelligence and targeting capabilities to the US led coalition under Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
Air Commodore Phil Gordon graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1989. After completing number 156 Pilot's Course, he progressed through fast jet training graduating as an F/A-18A/B Hornet pilot in December 1993.
After a two year tour at 3SQN he was selected to become a flying instructor and spent a total of three and a half years instructing on the PC9 and Macchi at 2FTS, 79SQN and 76SQN during which time he was promoted to Squadron Leader.
Air Commodore Gordon returned to Hornets as a Flight Commander at 77SQN in January 2000 for a two year tour which culminated in the first three month operational deployment to Diego Garcia for Operation SLIPPER. After returning from operations he took over as Executive Officer of 76SQN completing a two year tour on the Hawk 127.
Air Commodore Gordon attended Australian Command and Staff Course in 2004 after which he was promoted to Wing Commander and completed a 14 month tour as Deputy Director Joint Combined Training Centre with Capability Development Group.
Air Commodore Gordon assumed command of 2OCU in June 2006 flying and instructing on the F/A-18A/B. In January 2009 Air Commodore Gordon was posted to the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC where he worked as Air Staff Officer Plans and Operations for the Air Attaché. Air Commodore Gordon returned to Australia in August 2011 on promotion to Group Captain into the newly established position of Director Air Combat Transition Office.
During his three years as DACTO Air Commodore Gordon led Air Force planning for the introduction of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter achieving a number of significant milestones including Government approval for 72 aircraft under AIR6000 Phase 2AB in April 2014 and delivery of the first two RAAF aircraft in July 2014.
On 1st October 2014 Air Commodore Gordon assumed command of 81WG flying the F/A-18A/B Hornet. Since March 2015 81WG has provided the strike element of Air Task Group 630.
Air Commodore Gordon was promoted to Air Commodore and assumed command of Air Task Group 630 on 6th July 2016. On return from operations Air Commodore Gordon will take up the dual role of Director General Air Command Operations and Director General Air. In this position Air Commodore Gordon will perform the role of Australian JFACC within Joint Operations Command.
Air Commodore Gordon is married to Janine and they have two children, Sarah age eighteen, and James age sixteen.