André Lanata

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Officier général francais 5 etoiles.svg André Lanata
André Lanata - Cérémonie présentation et de passation du drapeau à la promotion 2016 X 2016.jpg
Général d'armée aérienne André Lanata in 2016
Born (1961-10-10) 10 October 1961 (age 57)
Bastia, Corsica
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Air Force
Years of service 1984 - present
Rank French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg
général d'armée aérienne
Commands held ER 1/33 Belfort
ER 2/33 Savoie
EC 2/3 Champagne
Aerial Base & BSVIA
Battles/wars Gulf War
Bosnian War
Kosovo War

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).

Military career[edit]

André entered the École de l'air (French: École de l'air) (French Air School) in 1981.

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 1992, he was the operations chief of the Escadron de Reconnaissance 2/33 Savoie (ER 2/3 Savoie) (French: Escadron de Reconnaissance 2/33 Savoie)

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).

In 2006, he became the Plans Bureau Chief of the Air Force, then in 2008, he was designated as the deputy director of the International and Strategic Affairs at the SGDSN.

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).

On September 21, 2015, he was nominated as CEMAA.[1]


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:


Recognitions and Honors[edit]

Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Ordre national du Merite Commandeur ribbon.svg UK MID 1920-94.svgBronze-service-star-3d.png
Gold star
Medaille de l'Aeronautique ribbon.svg Croix du Combattant (1930 France) ribbon.svg
Medaille d'Outre-Mer (Coloniale) ribbon.svg Medaille de la Defense Nationale Or ribbon.svg Medaille de Reconnaissance de la Nation (d'Afrique du Nord) ribbon.svg
Medaille commemorative Francaise ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal w Służbie Pokoju i Wolności BAR.svg
Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit Ribbon.png

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Notes & references[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Denis Mercier
Chief of Staff of the French Air Force
21 September 2015 – 31 August 2018
Succeeded by
Philippe Lavigne
Preceded by
Denis Mercier
Allied Command Transformation
11 September 2018 – present