The RAF has promoted a female officer to the most senior position ever held by a woman in the UK armed forces.
Air Vice-Marshal Elaine West said she takes up her new appointment with “enormous pride”
The new air vice marshal will be director of projects and programme delivery at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.
She will lead on multi-million pound infrastructure projects to support military training, and oversee the drawdown of army units from Germany.
Women make up about 10% of armed forces personnel, or 14% of the air force, 9% of the navy and 8% of the army.