Chief of Staff of the French Air Force

The Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (officially the Chief of Staff of the Air Army, French: Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de l'Air, acronym: C.E.M.A.A.) is in France the officer commanding this army. The French Air Force (French: Armée de l'air française) became independent in 1934, making way after the "Aéronautique militaire" which was dependent of the French Army. The Air Chief CEMAA is a direct subordinate of the Chief of Staff of the Armies CEMA.

Chief of Staff of the Air Army
Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de l'Air
Incumbent
Général d'armée aérienne Philippe Lavigne

since 31 August 2018
Ministry of the Armies
StyleMonsieur le Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de l'Air
AbbreviationCEMAA
Member ofChiefs of Staff Committee
Reports toChief of Staff of the Armies
SeatHexagone Balard, Paris,
French Republic
AppointerThe President
with the countersignature of the Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorDirecteur du Service Aéronautique
Formation6 October 1930
First holderHenry Michaud
DeputyMajor General of the Air Army
Websitewww.defense.gouv.fr

Holders

Chiefs of Staff

List of Chiefs of Staff
No. Portrait Name Term Minister[lower-alpha 1] Commander-in-Chief Ref.[lower-alpha 2]
Took office Left office Duration
Office established – 28 December 1928[1]
Chief of the General Staff of the Air Forces (1930 – 1933)
1 Général de division
Henry Michaud
6 October 1930 5 January 1931 91 days Laurent Eynac
Paul Painlevé
Gaston Doumergue [2]
-
2 Général de division
Joseph Barès
5 January 1931 28 August 1931 235 days Paul Painlevé
Jacques-Louis Dumesnil
Gaston Doumergue
Paul Doumer
[3]
-
3 Général de division
Lucien Hergault
28 August 1931 15 January 1933 1 year, 140 days Jacques-Louis Dumesnil
Paul Painlevé
Paul Doumer
Albert Lebrun
[4]
-
4 Général de division
Joseph Barès
15 January 1933 2 April 1933 77 days Paul Painlevé
Pierre Cot
Albert Lebrun [5]
-
Chief of the General Staff of the Air Army (1933 – 1943)
5 Général de division
Victor Denain
2 April 1933 16 February 1934 320 days Pierre Cot
Victor Denain
Albert Lebrun [6]
-
6 Général de division aérienne
Joseph Barès
16 February 1934 3 September 1934 199 days Victor Denain Albert Lebrun [7]
-
7 Général de division aérienne
Louis Picard
3 September 1934 27 December 1935 1 year, 115 days Victor Denain Albert Lebrun [8]
[9]
8 Général de division aérienne
Bernard Pujo
27 December 1935 15 October 1936 293 days Victor Denain
Marcel Déat
Albert Lebrun [10]
-
9 Général de division aérienne
Philippe Féquant
15 October 1936 2 February 1938 1 year, 130 days Marcel Déat
Pierre Cot
Guy La Chambre
Albert Lebrun [11]
-
10 Général de division aérienne
Joseph Vuillemin
22 February 1938 10 September 1940 2 years, 201 days Guy La Chambre
Laurent Eynac
Bertrand Pujo
Jean Bergeret
Albert Lebrun
Philippe Pétain
[12]
[13]
11 Général de corps aérien
Robert Odic
10 September 1940 23 September 1940 13 days Jean Bergeret Philippe Pétain [14]
[15]
12 Général de brigade aérienne
Jean C. Romatet
23 September 1940 21 December 1942 2 years, 89 days Jean Bergeret
Jean-François Jannekeyn
Philippe Pétain [16]
-
13 Général de division aérienne
Jean-François Jannekeyn
? ? ? François Darlan Philippe Pétain -
-
Office vacant (Air Army disbanded during German occupation - See Free French Air Forces)
Chief of the General Staff of the French Air Forces (1943 – 1944)
14 Général de corps aérien
René Bouscat
2 July 1943 31 October 1944 1 year, 121 days Vacant
André Le Troquer
Fernand Grenier
Charles de Gaulle [17]
-
Chief of the General Staff of the Air Army (1944 – 1953)
15 Général d'armée aérienne
Martial Henri Valin
31 October 1944 29 February 1946 1 year, 120 days Charles Tillon
Vacant
Charles de Gaulle
Félix Gouin
-
-
16 Général d'armée aérienne
René Bouscat
29 February 1946 7 September 1946 191 days Vacant Félix Gouin
Georges Bidault
[18]
-
17 Général de division aérienne
Paul Gérardot
7 September 1946 15 February 1947 161 days Vacant Georges Bidault
Vincent Auriol
[19]
-
18 Général de division aérienne
Jean Piollet
15 February 1947 1 February 1948 351 days Vacant
André Maroselli
Pierre-Henri Teitgen
Vincent Auriol [20]
-
19 Général d'armée aérienne
Charles Léchères
1 February 1948 22 August 1953 5 years, 202 days Pierre-Henri Teitgen
René Mayer
Paul Ramadier
René Pleven
Jules Moch
Georges Bidault
René Pleven
Vincent Auriol -
[21]
Chief of Staff of the Air Army (1953 – Present)
20 Général d'armée aérienne
Pierre Fay
22 August 1953 22 March 1955 1 year, 212 days René Pleven
Marie-Pierre Kœnig
Emmanuel Temple
Jacques Chevalier
Marie-Pierre Kœnig
Vincent Auriol
René Coty
-
-
21 Général d'armée aérienne
Paul Bailly
22 March 1955 17 March 1958 2 years, 360 days Marie-Pierre Kœnig
Pierre Billotte
Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury
André Morice
Jacques Chaban-Delmas
René Coty -
[22]
22 Général d'armée aérienne
Max Gelée
17 March 1958 1 October 1958 198 days Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Pierre de Chevigné
Charles de Gaulle
René Coty -
-
23 Général d'armée aérienne
Edmond Jouhaud
1 October 1958 15 March 1960 1 year, 166 days Charles de Gaulle
Pierre Guillaumat
René Coty
Charles de Gaulle
-
[23]
24 Général d'armée aérienne
Paul Stehlin
15 March 1960 1 October 1963 3 years, 200 days Pierre Guillaumat
Pierre Messmer
Charles de Gaulle -
[24]
25 Général d'armée aérienne
André Martin
1 October 1963 27 February 1967 3 years, 149 days Pierre Messmer Charles de Gaulle -
-
26 Général d'armée aérienne
Philippe Maurin
27 February 1967 13 December 1969 2 years, 289 days Pierre Messmer
Michel Debré
Charles de Gaulle
Georges Pompidou
[25]
-
27 Général d'armée aérienne
Gabriel Gauthier
13 December 1969 12 December 1972 2 years, 365 days Michel Debré Georges Pompidou -
-
28 Général d'armée aérienne
Claude Grigaut
12 December 1972 24 June 1976 3 years, 195 days Michel Debré
Robert Galley
Jacques Soufflet
Yvon Bourges
Georges Pompidou
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
[26]
-
29 Général d'armée aérienne
Maurice Saint-Cricq
24 June 1976 16 July 1979 3 years, 22 days Yvon Bourges Valéry Giscard d'Estaing [27]
-
30 Général d'armée aérienne
Guy Fleury
16 July 1979 11 June 1982 2 years, 330 days Yvon Bourges
Joël Le Theule
Robert Galley
Charles Hernu
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
François Mitterrand
[28]
-
31 Général d'armée aérienne
Bernard Capillon
11 June 1982 16 Octobre 1986 4 years, 127 days Charles Hernu
Paul Quilès
André Giraud
François Mitterrand [29]
-
32 Général d'armée aérienne
Achille Lerche
16 Octobre 1986 25 April 1989 2 years, 191 days André Giraud
Jean-Pierre Chevènement
François Mitterrand [30]
-
33 Général d'armée aérienne
Jean Fleury
25 April 1989 2 December 1991 2 years, 220 days Jean-Pierre Chevènement
Pierre Joxe
François Mitterrand [31]
-
34 Général d'armée aérienne
Vincent Lanata
2 December 1991 1 July 1994 2 years, 211 days Pierre Joxe
François Léotard
François Mitterrand [32]
-
35 Général d'armée aérienne
Jean-Philippe Douin
1 July 1994 1 September 1995 1 year, 62 days François Léotard
Charles Millon
François Mitterrand
Jacques Chirac
[33]
-
36 Général d'armée aérienne
Jean Rannou
1 September 1995 2 July 2000 4 years, 305 days Charles Millon
Alain Richard
Jacques Chirac [34]
-
37 Général d'armée aérienne
Jean-Pierre Job
2 July 2000 1 September 2002 2 years, 61 days Alain Richard
Michèle Alliot-Marie
Jacques Chirac [35]
-
38 Général d'armée aérienne
Richard Wolsztynski
1 September 2002 16 July 2006 3 years, 318 days Michèle Alliot-Marie Jacques Chirac [36]
-
39 Général d'armée aérienne
Stéphane Abrial
16 July 2006 25 August 2009 3 years, 40 days Michèle Alliot-Marie
Hervé Morin
Jacques Chirac
Nicolas Sarkozy
[37]
-
40 Général d'armée aérienne
Jean-Paul Paloméros
25 August 2009 17 September 2012 3 years, 23 days Hervé Morin
Alain Juppé
Gérard Longuet
Jean-Yves Le Drian
Nicolas Sarkozy
François Hollande
[38]
[39]
41 Général d'armée aérienne
Denis Mercier
17 September 2012 21 September 2015 3 years, 4 days Jean-Yves Le Drian François Hollande [40]
[41]
42 Général d'armée aérienne
André Lanata
21 September 2015 31 August 2018 2 years, 344 days Jean-Yves Le Drian
Sylvie Goulard
Florence Parly
François Hollande
Emmanuel Macron
[42]
[43]
43 Général d'armée aérienne
Philippe Lavigne
31 August 2018 Incumbent 1 year, 108 days Florence Parly Emmanuel Macron [44]
[45]

Free France

From its creation in 1940 to the final integration of its air force to the regular French Air Force, Free France had its own staff, based in London. The Free French Aerial Forces were headed by a Commander, responsible to the Commander-in-Chief of the Free French Forces, and was assisted by a Chief of the General Staff.

Commanders of the Free French Aerial Forces

List of Commanders of the Free French Aerial Forces
No. Portrait Name Term Commissioner Commander-in-Chief Ref.[lower-alpha 3]
Took office Left office Duration
1 Vice-amiral
Emile Muselier
1 July 1940 10 July 1941 1 year, 9 days Vacant Charles de Gaulle [46]
-
2 Général de brigade aérienne
Martial Henri Valin
10 July 1941 ? June 1944 2 years, 327 days Vacant
Martial Henri Valin
Charles de Gaulle [47]
-

Chiefs of the General Staff

List of Chiefs of the General Staff
No. Portrait Name Term Commissioner Commander-in-Chief Ref.[lower-alpha 4]
Took office Left office Duration
1 Capitaine
Eugène-Marcel Chevrier
1 July 1940 25 December 1940 177 days Vacant Charles de Gaulle -
-
2 Lieutenant-colonel
Charles Pijeaud
13 January 1941 31 March 1941 77 days Vacant Charles de Gaulle -
-
3 Général de brigade aérienne
Martial Henri Valin
31 March 1941 10 July 1941 101 days Vacant Charles de Gaulle -
-
4 Lieutenant-colonel
Charles Pijeaud
10 July 1941 1 December 1941 144 days Vacant
Martial Henri Valin
Charles de Gaulle -
-
5 Colonel
Charles Luguet
1 December 1941 13 April 1942 133 days Martial Henri Valin Charles de Gaulle -
-
6 Colonel
Pierre Coustey
13 April 1942 13 April 1943 1 year, 0 days Martial Henri Valin Charles de Gaulle -
-
7 Colonel
Georges Andrieu
13 April 1943 ? November 1944 1 year, 202 days Martial Henri Valin
André Le Troquer
Fernand Grenier
Charles de Gaulle -
-

See also

Notes

  1. Prior to 22 October 1947, the minister responsible was the Minister of Air.
  2. The upper reference is the official decree in French, while the lower one is a source in English.
  3. The upper reference is the official decree in French, while the lower one is a source in English.
  4. The upper reference is the official decree in French, while the lower one is a source in English.

References

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  3. Government of the French Republic (5 January 1931). "Décret portant affectation d'un officier général de l'armée de l'air". gallica.bnf.fr (in French). Retrieved 28 October 2019.
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