Jean-Paul Paloméros

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Officier général francais 5 etoiles.svg Jean-Paul Paloméros
Jean-Paul Paloméros cropped.JPG
Born (1953-08-13) 13 August 1953 (age 68)
Service/branchFrench Air Force
Years of service1976 – 2015
RankFrench Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg général d'armée aérienne
Commands heldSupreme Allied Commander Transformation NATO
Battles/warsOpération Épervier
Operation Crécerelle
Operation Deny Flight
AwardsLegion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Grand Officier de la Légion d’Honneur
Ordre national du Merite GC ribbon.svg Grand-Croix de l’Ordre National du Mérite
Medaille de l'Aeronautique ribbon.svg Médaille de l'Aéronautique

Jean-Paul Paloméros (born 13 August 1953 in Paris) is a retired general of the French Air Force and served as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, a senior military post in NATO. Paloméros previously served as Chief of Staff of the French Air Force from 2009 to 2012.

Air force career[edit]

In 1973, he joined l'École de l'Air, the French Air Force Academy and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1976. He acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot, having flown 82 combat missions and more than 3,500 flying hours, mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000 aircraft.[1]

He led the 2/12 Picardy Squadron in Cambrai for the 1987 Epervier operational deployment in Chad and in 1990 the 30th Fighter Wing in Reims.[1]

In 1993, Palomeros graduated from the Royal Air Force Staff College, Bracknell in Great Britain, where he was awarded the Curtis Prize by the British Chief of the Air Staff.[1]

From 1996 to 1998, he was appointed as Commander of Cazaux Air Base. This base hosts one of the main French flight test centres, several advanced French flying training squadrons and a permanently stationed Singaporean training Squadron.[1]

Palomeros has also been deployed in Vicenza, Italy (1993) as Deputy Commander of the French Air Force during Operation "Crecerelle", as well as in Operation Deny Flight, and then in Kiseljak, Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995) where he was in charge of coordinating the air-ground campaign during Operation Deliberate Force.[1]

He headed the "Studies and Strategic Plans" Department of the French Air Force Staff in 1998. After being promoted to Brigadier General in 2001, he was appointed as Chairman of the Capability Development Committee within the French Joint Staff and in August 2002 became the Head of the Plans and Program Division.[1]

Paloméros was appointed Vice-Chief of Staff of the French Air Force, in April 2005. After being promoted general, he went on to serve as Air Force Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2012.[1] At the end of his time in the senior French Air Force appointment, Paloméros was confirmed by the NATO Council as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation on 6 August 2012 and assumed Command in Norfolk, Virginia, on 28 September 2012.[1][2]

Major military awards[edit]

Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg Ordre national du Merite GC ribbon.svg Medaille de l'Aeronautique ribbon.svg
Medaille d'Outre-Mer (Coloniale) ribbon.svg Medaille commemorative Francaise ribbon.svg Medaille de la Jeunesse et des Sports Bronze ribbon.svg
ONZ Medal w Służbie Pokoju UNPROFOR BAR.svg NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg ESP Gran Cruz Merito Aeronautico (Distintivo Blanco) pasador.svg
BRA Ordem de Rio Branco Gra-Cruz BAR.svg Al Saud Commander ribbon.png Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg Santos-Dumont Medal of Merit Ribbon.png Order of Aeronautical Merit-Grand Cross-Chile.png
Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) ribbon.png Romanian Honor Emblem.png Order friendship of peoples rib.png
HUN Szovetsegert Szolgalati Jel BAR.svg PSA Presidential Sports Award Ribbon.jpg


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i General Paloméros biography Archived 6 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine on NATO Allied Command Transformation official website
  2. ^ Article about General Jean-Paul Paloméros (archive) on the French Ministry of Defence official website
  3. ^ GC Merit Order
  4. ^ "DECRETO S/Nº, DE 14/09/2009 - DOU 15/09/2009". Síntese Sage. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jean-Paul Paloméros at Wikimedia Commons

Military offices
Preceded by
Stéphane Abrial
Chief of Staff of the French Air Force
24 August 2009 – 16 September 2012
Succeeded by
Denis Mercier
Preceded by
Stéphane Abrial
Supreme Allied Commander Transformation
28 September 2012 – 30 September 2015
Succeeded by
Denis Mercier