Name Stephane Abrial
Battles/wars Gulf War
|Years of service 1976 – 2012|
Service/branch French Air Force
|Born 7 September 1954 (age 61)
Condom-en-Armagnac, Gers (1954-09-07) |
Rank General d\'Armee Aerienne
Commands held Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (2006–2009) Allied Command Transformation (2009–2012)
General Stéphane Abrial at Allied Command Transformation Seminar
Stéphane Abrial ([abʁiɑl]), (born 7 September 1954 in Condom, Gers), is a French General who is the previous Commander of Allied Command Transformation based in Norfolk, VA, one of the two NATO strategic commands. His previous posting was as the Chief of Staff of the French Air Force.
- General Stéphane Abrial at Allied Command Transformation Seminar
- General st phane abrial 10 17 11
- French military career
- NATO Supreme Allied Commander
- Major military awards
- Civilian career
General st phane abrial 10 17 11
French military career
General Stéphane Abrial graduated in 1973 from the French Air Force academy (École de l'air), and in 1974 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed pilot training at the French Air Force Academy in 1976.
From 1977 to 1991, he served as a fighter pilot both in France (in Cambrai, Dijon and Orange) and, from 1981 to 1984, in a West German Luftwaffe unit. In 1988, he assisted the Greek Air Force in converting its first unit equipped with the Mirage 2000.
In 1991, he took part in the first Gulf War as a fighter pilot and commander of the French Air Force's 5th Fighter Squadron. Later that year, he attended the Air War College, at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
From 1992 to 1996, he served in the staffs of the French Air Force Chief of Staff and the Chief of Defense Staff. From 1996 to 1999, he served at NATO Headquarters, in Brussels. In 2000, he became deputy head of the French President's military staff, and in 2002 was appointed head of the French Prime Minister's military staff.
In 2005, General Abrial became head of the French Air Defense headquarters, in Taverny, and in 2006 Air Force Chief of Staff.
NATO Supreme Allied Commander
Gen. Stéphane Abrial received appointment by the North Atlantic Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation on 29 July 2009, the first European to be appointed permanently as head of a NATO strategic command.
In April 2010, he received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council.
Major military awards
Since July 2015, Abrial is senior executive vice president of international and public affairs of Safran.
Since February 2014, Abrial is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Musée de l’air et de l’espace Paris, since April 2013 Director of the Atlantic Council, and since December 2013 member of the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute France.