We are very pleased to welcome Air Commodore Matt Stowers OBE as an honorary member of the Association as he takes over as Defence Attaché in Muscat. He succeeds Air Commodore Toby Casebury-Craig who is retiring from the Royal Air Force. Toby is currently planning his future civilian career and we wish him every success. Matt has offered a brief biography, below, and we wish him and his family a very happy and successful tour in Oman.
Air Commodore Matthew Stowers (known as Matt) commissioned into the Royal Air Force Regiment in 1990 spending his early career on Number II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment. Like many of his era this included multiple operational tours including commanding the Squadron in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Staff appointments included tours in the Ministry of Defence and with the Royal Air Force, predominantly focusing on Operational Policy roles. He was previously Defence Attaché Sana’a and assumed the role Defence Attaché Muscat in May 2023.
A member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, Stowers has a Masters Degree in Leadership from Exeter University and a Masters Degree in International Defence Relations from Kings College London. Stowers has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, attempted to ski unsupported (multiple times) to the Geographic and Magnetic North Poles and enjoys all forms of sport, especially anything involving snow. He still harbours a desire to undertake demanding extreme expeditions which stretch his mental and physical abilities. Married, he has 3 children.