The Royal Australian Air Force has a new Air Commander Australia.

Command was passed from Air Vice-Marshal Steven Roberton to Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi during a formal ceremony at RAAF Base Glenbrook, New South Wales.

About 200 people attended the July 12 ceremony, which included a traditional tree planting and culminated with a low-formation fly-past of four F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit.

F/A-18 Classic Hornets end the change-of-command ceremony at RAAF Base Glenbrook. Photo: Sergeant Christopher Dickson.

Air Vice-Marshal Roberton said it has been an incredible opportunity to serve alongside the women and men of air command over the past two years.

“I have been continually impressed by the commitment, knowledge and skill of our women and men,” Air Vice-Marshal Roberton said.

“We have more than 10,000 people across air command and leading this professional and talented team has been both a pride and a privilege for me.

“Our operational tempo has remained very high and our ability to maintain our high safety standard and flying programs is a testament to the professionalism of the teams involved.”

Some of the highlights of his command were the delivery of an Indigenous liaison network, a human performance directorate and an ongoing commitment to safety programs.

Air Vice-Marshal Roberton departed after two years as commander to take up the appointment of 'Head Force Design' at Australian Defence Force Headquarters.

In keeping with tradition, Air Vice-Marshal Steven Roberton planted a tree during the ceremony. Photo: Corporal Casey Forster

Air Vice-Marshal Iervasi took up his appointment as air commander after having just completed a deployment as the commander Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East region.

He said he was looking forward to his newest challenge.

“I’m excited about taking command of this professional, capable and respected group of people that form the six force element groups and headquarters staff,” he said.

“It is my intent to ensure our people, individually and collectively, can continue to be the best they can be, enabled by a connective and responsive command.

“Put simply, I require you to be brilliant at the basics, work together as a team and stay focused on the bigger picture.

“My responsibility is to provide an environment within which you can be your best so that we are postured to respond as the need arises.

“All that’s left to do now is to start, or more to the point, to keep going. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve with you all.”