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The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force departing for NATO – RT in French

General Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, will replace General André Lanata as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation announced on May 31 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The current Chief of Staff of the French Air Force, General Philippe Lavigne, has been appointed NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), based in Norfolk, Virginia, announced the Atlantic Alliance in a press release. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu confirmed the announcement on social media Twitter.

General Lavigne, 55, will replace another French general in September in this post, André Lanata, himself a former chief of staff of the French Air Force.

The position of SACT, created in 2002 as part of a vast reform of the command structure of the Atlantic Alliance, consists of preparing all the military capabilities at NATO’s disposal to face its future missions and challenges. .

A position held by France since 2009

The position of SACT has been occupied by a French general since 2009, a year marked by the return of France to the integrated command of NATO that General de Gaulle left in 1966.

Based at the headquarters of this strategic command in Norfolk, on the east coast of the United States, the General in charge of the Transformation notably supervises the exercise campaigns planned by NATO to test its troops, and their ability to intervene together. on different types of operations.

A fighter pilot by training, Philippe Lavigne has chained various responsibilities in operations, in interministerial bodies (General Secretariat for Defense and National Security) and within staffs.

He notably commanded the French forces in Afghanistan as well as the military airport of Kabul (Afghanistan) in 2014 and was chief of staff to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, General François Lecointre, before taking the lead in 2018. of the Air Force, which in 2020 became the Air and Space Army.

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