Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Edward Johns, GCB, KCVO, CBE (born 28 July 1939) is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fighter pilot in the 1960s, commanding officer of a squadron during the 1970s and a station commander in the 1980s. Johns served as one of three British directors of operations on the senior planning staff for Operation Granby (the British contribution to the Gulf War) in 1991 and then acted as a supporting commander for joint operations in the Balkans in 1994. As Chief of the Air Staff he advised the British Government on the air force aspects of the Strategic Defence Review and on NATO's air campaign in Kosovo.
Sir Richard Johns
Sir Richard Johns, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle, leading the procession to the Garter service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
|Born||28 July 1939|
Horsham, West Sussex
|Service/||Royal Air Force|
|Years of service||1959–2000|
|Rank||Air Chief Marshal|
|Commands held||Chief of the Air Staff (1997–00)|
Allied Forces North West Europe (1994–97)
Strike Command (1994)
No. 1 Group (1991–93)
RAF Gütersloh (1982–84)
No. 3 (F) Squadron (1975–78)
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
|Other work||Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle|
The son of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Edward Johns and Marjory Harley Johns (née Everett), Johns was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and RAF College Cranwell, and commissioned into the Royal Air Force on 15 December 1959. After completing flying training on Piston Provost and Meteor aircraft, Johns spent his early career as a fighter pilot serving in the UK, in Cyprus and in Aden. He was promoted to flying officer on 15 December 1960, flight lieutenant on 15 August 1962 and to squadron leader on 1 January 1969.
A Qualified Flying Instructor, in 1971 Johns trained the Prince of Wales to wings standard on the Jet Provost. He was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 1972 New Year Honours. He attended Staff College in 1972 and then undertook a tour as Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Near East Air Force in Cyprus. Promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1974, he was appointed commanding officer of No. 3(F) Squadron flying Harriers from RAF Wildenrath and RAF Gütersloh in 1975.
Johns was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1978 New Year Honours. He was promoted to group captain on 1 July 1979 and became Director of Air Staff Briefing that year.
In 1982 Johns became Station Commander and Harrier Force Commander at RAF Gütersloh and was made Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on 10 December 1982. Promoted to air commodore on 1 January 1985, he was advanced to a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1985 New Year Honours and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies later that year before becoming Senior Air Staff Officer at RAF Germany.
Promoted to air vice marshal on 1 January 1989, Johns went on to be Senior Air Staff Officer at RAF Strike Command in 1989 before he took up the appointment of Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group in 1991. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1991 Birthday Honours. It was also in 1991 that Johns served as one of three British directors of operations on the senior planning staff for Operation Granby (the British contribution to the Gulf War). Promoted to air marshal on 24 February 1993, Johns's next appointment was as Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command later that year. Advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1994 New Year Honours and promoted to air chief marshal on 30 June 1994, Johns was appointed Commander-in-Chief Strike Command also on 30 June 1994. However, on 10 July 1994, Sir John Thomson who had just been appointed Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces North West Europe died and Johns was transferred from Strike Command to the NATO command. In this role he acted as a supporting commander for joint operations in the Balkans. He became Honorary Colonel of 73 Engineer Regiment (Volunteers) on 29 November 1994.
Johns became Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) in 1997 and was advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1997 Birthday Honours. He was also appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to The Queen on 9 April 1997. As CAS he advised the British Government on the air force aspects of the Strategic Defence Review and on NATO's air campaign in Kosovo claiming that air power had been highly accurate during the 11-week air campaign against the Serbs. He retired from the RAF in 2000.
Johns became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle in 2000: he was advanced to Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on relinquishing that appointment on 17 December 2007. He also became honorary air commodore of the Royal Air Force Regiment on 22 April 2000. He was Chairman of the Trustees of the RAF Museum from 2000 to 2006 and has been President of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People since 2005.
|Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)||1997|
|Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)||1994|
|Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)||1991|
|Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)||2007|
|Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)||1972|
|Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)||1985|
|Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)||1978|
| Station Commander RAF Gütersloh
F W Mitchell
| Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Group
Sir John Kemball
| Deputy Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Sir John Allison
Sir John Thomson
| Commander-in-Chief Strike Command
Sir William Wratten
| Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces North West Europe
Sir John Cheshire
Sir Michael Graydon
| Chief of the Air Staff
Sir Peter Squire
Sir Patrick Palmer
| Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
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Johns is a surname shared by the following prominent people:
Adrian Johns (born 1951), Royal Navy vice-admiral, former Second Sea Lord and former Governor of Gibraltar
Alfred Johns (1868–1934), Australian cricketer
Andrew Johns (born 1974), Australian former rugby league footballer, brother of Matthew Johns
Andrew Johns (triathlete) (born 1973), British triathlete
Andy Johns (1950–2013), British music engineer
Bobby Johns (born 1932), American former racecar driver
Brian Johns (born 1982), Canadian Olympic swimmer
Brian Johns (businessman) (1936–2016), Australian company director and journalist
Catherine Johns, Museum curator and Roman archaeologist
Charles A. Johns (1857–1932), American lawyer, jurist and politician; justice on the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Charles Alexander Johns (1811–1874), British botanist and author
Charley Eugene Johns (1905–1990), American politician, 32nd governor of Florida
Chris Johns (disambiguation), several people
Claude Hermann Walter Johns (1857–1920), English Assyriologist and Church of England clergyman
Daniel Johns (born 1979), Australian musician
David Johns (born 1948), American Navaho painter
Don Johns (born 1937), Canadian retired National Hockey League player
Doug Johns (born 1967), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher
Emmett Johns, Canadian humanitarian
Ethan Johns (born 1969), British music producer
Fred Johns (1868–1932), Australian writer
Gary Johns (born 1952), Australian politician
Geoff Johns (born 1973), American comic book author
George Sibley Johns (1857–1941), American journalist and newspaper editor
Glyn Johns (born 1942), British record producer
Glynis Johns (born 1923), British actress
Harold E. Johns (1915–1998), Canadian medical physicist
Helen Johns (born 1953), Canadian former politician
Helen Johns (swimmer) (1914–2014), American swimmer, Olympic champion and former world record-holder
James Edward Johns (1900–1984), American football player
Jasper Johns (born 1930), American painter and printmaker
John Johns (1796–1876), fourth Episcopal bishop of Virginia, son of Kensey Johns
Johnny Johns, American retired figure skater and ice dancer
Joseph Johns (1826-1900), notable English convict and Australian bushranger
Joseph Johns, Amish man who founded Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1800
Keith Johns (1902–1979), Australian rules footballer
Kensey Johns (jurist) (1759–1848), American judge
Kensey Johns, Jr. (1791–1857), American politician and lawyer, son of the above
Laura M. Johns (1849–1935), American suffragist, journalist
Les Johns (born 1942), Australian rugby league footballer
Margo Johns (1919–2009), British actress
Matthew Johns (born 1971), Australian Rugby League footballer of the 1990s and 2000s and channel 9 host, brother of Andrew Johns
Mervyn Johns (1899–1992), Welsh actor, father of Glynis Johns
Michael Johns (policy analyst) (born 1964), American political commentator, analyst and writer; former White House speechwriter
Milton Johns (born 1938), British television actor
Orrick Glenday Johns (1887–1946), American poet, son of George Sibley Johns
Paddy Johns (born 1968), Irish former rugby union player
Paul Johns (born 1958), American retired National Football League player
Richard Johns (born 1939), British Royal Air Force air chief marshal
Robert J. Johns, Canadian socialist labour organizer in the 1910s
Ronnie Johns (Louisiana politician) (born 1949), American politician
Sammy Johns (1946–2013), American country musician
Sarah Johns, American country music singer
Stephen Johns (disambiguation)
Stratford Johns (1925–2002), British stage, film and television actor
Thomas Johns (minister) (1836-1914), Welsh minister
Tony Johns (born 1960), Canadian football player
Tracy Camilla Johns (born 1963), American film actress
Vere Johns (1893–1966), Jamaican journalist, impresario, radio personality and actor
Vernon Johns (1892–1965), American minister and civil rights leader
W. E. Johns (1893–1968), British writer
Wilbur Johns (1903–1967), American collegiate basketball head coach and athletics directorList of Major League Baseball umpires
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Richard Johns Bowie (June 23, 1807 – March 12, 1881) was an American politician and jurist.
Born in Georgetown, Washington, D. C., Bowie attended the public schools and Brookville Academy. He studied law and graduated from the Georgetown Law School in 1826, commencing practice soon thereafter in the District. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1829.
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Richard Johns is a UK film and television producer. As well as producing many commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, he has helped discover and foster the next generation of directors and writers across the UK, Europe and the US.
After five years learning the producing trade from the ground up making corporate films and commercials, Richard’s TV work started in 1992 with regional ITV productions for Tyne Tees, Yorkshire, Granada and Border Television, working with partner Bharat Nalluri. The pair co-founded regional indie Pilgrim Films. Richard's feature film work started in 1995 with no-budget comic thriller Killing Time, directed by Nalluri and taken up by Columbia TriStar in a battle with Miramax Films and in which the pair discovered then student writer Neil Marshall. Johns went on to produce dramatic thriller Downtime in 1996 with director Nalluri and new writer Caspar Berry, in partnership with Stephen Woolley and Nik Powell’s Scala Films, and Channel Four Films. Hollywood called Richard next in the form of Nicolas Cage’s production shingle Saturn Films with the project Shadow of the Vampire. Richard was then asked to run a series of feature productions including Orlando Bloom vehicle The Calcium Kid for Working Title Films, Jennifer Love Hewitt-Dougray Scott romance The Truth About Love, and UK-Australian co-production Like Minds with Toni Collette, in which he spotted and cast the talent of then up-and-coming young British actors Eddie Redmayne and Tom Sturridge. In 2007 Johns developed and produced the powerful drama Dangerous Parking.
Richard Johns' film and television production company is Corona Pictures, which he co-founded with Rupert Jermyn. With Jermyn, he produced Craig Viveiros' darkly comic hitman road movie The Liability starring Tim Roth, Peter Mullan and Jack O’Connell, and Robert Heath's psychological thriller Truth or Dare. Both films found strong distribution market appetite and are now on release in over twenty four international territories. The company has built rapidly from this production base.
Currently, Richard Johns and Rupert Jermyn are developing a number of film and television projects. One of their big TV projects is BIRDS OF PREY, based on the best-selling novels by Wilbur Smith and adapted by Layer Cake writer JJ Connolly. BIRDS OF PREY is set against the backdrop of the New World that is Africa in the 17th century. This epic story chronicles the pioneering journey of the Courtney family as they battle to secure the clan’s fortunes in an exotic land where sea-faring empires, privateers, wild animals and settled African tribes and nations fight it out for control of the land and its spectacular treasures. The series is being distributed and co-financed by Fremantle Media.Johns is a partner at TV documentary production company Think Tank Films, in partnership with film maker, travel writer and journalist Kevin Rushby. He is past chair of the New Producers Alliance, a former board member of BAFTA North and the Northern Production Fund. He is Visiting Fellow at the Media School, Bournemouth University, and a voting member of BAFTA and the Production Guild of Great Britain.Richard Johns (racing driver)
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Thomas Richard Johns II, MD (August 25, 1924 in Fairmont, West Virginia – February 11, 1988 in Charlottesville, Virginia) was an American neurologist, a subspecialist in neuromuscular disease, and a clinical researcher on myasthenia gravis based at the University of Virginia. Johns founded the Department of Neurology in 1963 and was its first chairman.Team Rensi Motorsports
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Ed Rensi, who was President and CEO of McDonald's USA from 1991 to 1997, has been Team Rensi Racing’s Chairman and CEO since October 1998.Tommy Johns
Thomas Pearce Johns (September 7, 1851 – April 13, 1927) was a National Association outfielder. Johns played for the Baltimore Marylands in the 1884 season. He only played in one game in his one-year career, having no hits in four at-bats.
Johns was born and died in Baltimore. His brother, Richard Johns, umpired one National Association game in 1873.