AVM Clements served as the Head of Australian Defence Staff at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal on January 6, 2017 and served as Head, Australian Defence Staff from January 13, 2017.
AVM Clements was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his role as Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.
AVM Clements was promoted to Air Commodore in 2011 and was posted to Director General Force Structure Review. Before this, he served as air operations Battle Director of the Middle East in the USAF CAOC (Al Udeid) in 2010. Later, he was posted as Director Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety.
In 2009 he was posted as Officer Commanding Number 78 Wing and responsible for Hawk 127 aircraft, fast jet aircrew training and technical specialist training for ground crew working on F/A-18, Hawk and F-111 aircraft. Before this, he was promoted to Group Captain in 2006 and posted as Chief of Staff Air Combat Group.
AVM Clements’ F/A-18 executive flying appointments include Flight Commander 77 Squadron, Executive Officer No 2 Operational Conversion Unit, and culminated with Commanding Officer 77 Squadron in 2005 and 2006.
AVM Clements served as Chief of Staff of the National Command Headquarters for Operation SLIPPER in 2002. Before this, he served as an F/A-18 instructor until promoted to Squadron Leader in 1997 and posted to Force Development as the desk officer responsible for the fighter capability.
AVM Clements graduated from the Royal Australian Air Force in 1986. He was posted to the School of Air Navigation to fly HS748 aircraft, with subsequent flying tours as an instructor on CT-4 and Macchi aircraft before undertaking F/A-18 conversion in 1993.