AIRCDRE Bill Hayden - Patron Australian Armourers Association
AIRCDRE Bill Hayden was appointed on 14 July 2008 as Director General Explosive Ordnance Management and Policy Branch (DGEO).
Air Commodore Bill Hayden was born in Mount Pleasant, South Australia in 1961 and was educated in Adelaide. He graduated from the Engineer Cadet Squadron, Frognall in December 1981 into the Armament Engineer category. His early career included a variety of postings concerned with the armament aspects of 'fast jet' operations, including appointments as a test engineer for the F-111 Pavetack upgrade, systems engineer for the Mirage, Macchi and Hornet aircraft, and Hornet Technical Liaison Officer in Washington.. In 2000 and early 2001 he was appointed as Chief Engineer for the Hornet and Hawk aircraft, before commanding the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office in late 2001 and 2002.
He has also served in staff appointments as the Precision Guided Munitions Project Manager in the Defence Acquisition Organisation from 1994 to 1996, and the Chief Engineer for Aerospace Major Capital Acquisition Projects from 1998 to 1999. On promotion to Group Captain, he served as the Director of Explosive Ordnance Services in Joint Logistics Command from 2003 to 2005, and the Director of Logistics Capability in Headquarters Air Combat Group from 2006 to 2007.
In 1997 Air Commodore Hayden attended the Royal Australian Air Force Command and Staff College at RAAF Fairbairn. In 2008 he attended the Defence Strategic Studies Course before being promoted and taking up his current position of Director General Explosive Ordnance in July. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Air Commodore Hayden was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2002, for his service to Air Force in the Hornet Upgrade project and introduction of the Hawk aircraft. He was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division in the Australia Day Honours List in 2003, for his service to aerospace engineering.
Air Commodore Hayden and his wife Terri have two sons, Matthew 20 and Scott 18. His leisure interests include reading, golf, running, cycling and umpiring Australian Rules Football.