The Bailiwick of Guernsey's next Lieutenant Governor has been announced as Air Marshal Peter Walker CB, CBE.
The Queen has approved the appointment of her representative in the island and he is due to take up office from April 2011.
AM Walker served in the Royal Air Force for 32 years, including several tours as a front-line fighter pilot.
Since he left the service in 2007 he has been involved in voluntary work for Royal Air Force and civilian charities.
AM Walker said he was "absolutely delighted" and "honoured" by his appointment
He was educated at Pocklington School, Durham University and the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
AM Walker flew both the Phantom FGR2 and Tornado F3 aircraft during his front-line tours.
His final post was Director of the Joint Warfare Centre in Norway, responsible for training NATO HQ Staff for deployment to theatres such as Afghanistan and the Balkans.
On leaving he settled in North Devon with his wife Lynda, two adult sons and daughter.
His recreational interests include fly fishing, sailing and golf, while Mrs Walker has a particular interest in special needs education.
AM Walker's charitable roles include president of the Aircrew Association and vice-president for life of the European Area of the Royal Air Forces Association.
He is due to take over from Vice Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon KBE, who was appointed in 2005.
The appointment was the first time the island's authorities were involved, as they worked alongside the UK Government.