History of Directorate of Operations

Establishment of Directorate of Operations

In 1937, the Ministry of Defence promoted the Air Force Regiment to the Royal Thai Air Force which Directorate of Operations in the present day was a result of the requirement of organisation for operations, tasks that related to situations and technologies which currently changed and was able to effectively perform the mission.

Brief History

In 1937, the Royal Thai Air Force promulgated the RTAF organisational structure of 1937 in accordance with military regulation on assignation of man power during peace time of 1937 on 6th of September. "the Directorate of Chief of Air Staff" was established to be responsible for the task of Chief of Air Staff which had 4 components consisted of 1st section, 2nd section, 3rd section, and 4th section. The 3rd section was assigned to be responsible of operations which considered to be the beginning of the Directorate that responsible for operations and appointed the chief of 3rd section to be the rank of "Wing Commander".

In 1940, the Royal Thai Air Force made an adjustment in organisation to be consistent of the responsibility in operations which cancelled the RTAF organisational structure of 1937 and promulgated the RTAF organisational structure of 1940 in accordance with military regulation on assignation of man power during peace time of 1940 on 16th of May. The adjustment was to change the chief of 3rd section from the rank of "Wing Commander" to be "Group Captain".

In 1952, the Royal Thai Air Force made an adjustment in organisation by considered of joining the unit that had the similar characteristic into the same group and also made an adjustment in performance policy for an agility and efficiency. The adjustment was to promote the 3rd section to be "Directorate of Operations" and assigned the position of Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations) to be the rank of Brigadier General as the Director.

On 24th of December was considered to be the founding of the Directorate of Operations.