Général d'armée aérienne André Lanata in 2016
10 October 1961|
|Service/||French Air Force|
|Years of service||1984 - present|
général d'armée aérienne
ER 1/33 Belfort|
ER 2/33 Savoie
EC 2/3 Champagne
Aerial Base & BSVIA
Général d'armée aérienne André Lanata (born 10 October 1961) (French: André Lanata) is a French Hunter Fighter pilot, and Chief of Staff of the French Air Force CEMAA since September 21, 2015. He was succeeded on August 31, 2018 by Philippe Lavigne.
André was born in Bastia, Corsica. He is the son of Général d'armée aérienne Vincent Lanata (French: Vincent Lanata), the former French Air Force Chief from 1991 to 1994. His wife is one of the daughters of Général de brigade Jean Pichot-Duclos (French: Jean Pichot-Duclos).
In 1984, he became a Hunter Pilot (French: Pilote de Chasse) on the Mirage F1C4, then in 1985 became the Squadron Commander of the Escadron de Reconnaissance 1/33 Belfort (ER 1/33 Belfort) (French: Escadron de Reconnaissance 1/33 Belfort) .
In 1993, he was the officer auditor of the reconnaissance program at the general staff headquarters session of the French Air Force at Paris.
In 1995, he was part of the 3rd promotion of the Inter-arm Defense College.
In 1996, he was the second in command, then Commander of the Escadron de Chasse 2/3 Champagne (EC 2/3 Champagne) (French: Escadron de Chasse 2/3 Champagne), on the Mirage 2000 D variant of the Aerial Base of Nancy.
In 2002, he was the Coherence Operational Officer (OCO) « preparations » at the general staff headquarters of the Armies.
From 2004 to 2006, he commanded the Aerial Base of Djibouti and commanded the French Air Components of Djibouti, along with the Inter-arm Vocational Support Base (BSVIA).
From 2011 until 2013, he was the assistant general to the deputy chief of operations at the general staff headquarters of the Armies (EMA).
From 2013 to 2015, he was the deputy chief of plans of the general staff headquarters of the Armies (EMA).
Général d'armée aérienne André Lanata participated to numerous operations. Brevetted as a Hunter Fighter pilot, he conducted 143 war missions and registered 3300 operational flight hours. Out of the sequential campaign engagement series, feature in part:
- Opération Épervier (Tchad in 1988 and 1989),
- Operation Daguet/Desert Shield & Desert Storm (Iraq 1990/1991),
- Operation Aconit/Provide Comfort (Turkey/Iraq in 1991, 1992 and 1993),
- Operation Crécerelle/Deny Flight (Bosnia Herzegovina in 1993),
- Operation Joint Endeavour (Ex-Yugoslavia in 1997),
- Operation Trident/Allied Force (Kosovo in 1999 and 2000).
- September 1, 2008 : général de brigade aérienne
- September 1, 2011 : général de division aérienne
- September 1, 2013 : général de corps aérien
- September 21, 2015 : général d'armée aérienne
Recognitions and Honors
- SACT Badge
- Grand Officer Order of the Légion d'honneur (2 July 2018)
- Commander Order of the National Order of Merit (France)
- Croix de guerre des théâtres d'opérations extérieures with palm and bronze star
- Croix de la Valeur militaire with gilt star
- Médaille de l'Aéronautique
- Croix du Combattant
- Médaille d'Outre-Mer
- Médaille de la Défense nationale (Golden echelon)
- Medal of the Nation's Gratitude
- Médaille commémorative française
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- NATO Medal with bar (Former Yugoslavia)
- NATO Medal with bar (Kosovo)
- National Order of June 27 1977, Officer (Djibouti)
- Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit (Medalha do Mérito Santos Dumont), Brazilian Air Force
- Chief of the General Staff Headquarters of the Armies (French: Chef d'État-Major des Armées, CEMA) (official designation)
Notes & references
| Chief of Staff of the French Air Force
21 September 2015 – 31 August 2018
| Allied Command Transformation
11 September 2018 – present
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