Stéphane Abrial, 58, an engineer from the Ecole de l'Air Salon-de-Provence (promotion 1973), patented the Air War College, graduated from the United States Air Force's Air War College in Montgomery (Alabama, USA) in 1992, the former auditor IHEDN.
Stéphane Abrial began his career as a fighter pilot in 1977. In 1981, he moved to Germany, Neuburg-on-Danube, where he was a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the Luftwaffe. Returned to France in 1984, he became commander and commander of a fighter squadron in Dijon. In 1988, he was appointed commander of the detachment of transformation Mirage 2000 the first squadron of the Air Force Greek Tanagra (Greece), and Chief of Operations, commander and commander of the 5th Fighter Wing of Orange, the head of which he participated in 1991 operations for the liberation of Kuwait.
In 1992, Stéphane Abrial was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in Paris, then Deputy Chief of Staff Chief of Defence Staff in 1995.
In 1996, he became an officer of the International Staff of NATO in Brussels, as responsible for the transformation of the integrated military structure. In 2000, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic in Paris, and in 2002 he became chief of the military cabinet of Prime Minister.In 2005, he assumed command of the Air Defence and Air Operations before being appointed in 2006 Air Force General and Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
In September 2009, the 28 NATO nations called the Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia (United States), it is the first non-American officer to become NATO Strategic Commander. It retains this capacity until September 28, 2012 where it sends the command to French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros.
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