Thursday, October 9, 2014

Exchange 1996

The 1996 French cadets:
Yann BOURION, Natacha CILLIERES, Julien FOURNERET, Arnaud GARY, Arnaud GARY, Franck MOLY, Sébastien PALAPRAT and Yann POIDEVIN

Monday, September 1, 2014

Trails at USAFA

Follow the maps! (et regardez aussi les liens ci-dessous)



D'autres liens:
- Pour le vélo : http://rmbb.org/newsletters/uploaded/1179.pdf
- Pour plusieurs randonnées : http://www.mapmyhike.com/us/air-force-academy-co/

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Visit of General Saito, Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Air Force

The exchange officers, Lt.Col. Thomas Hiller (from Germany), Major Gonzalo Tortosa-Méndez (from Spain), Maj. Jérôme D'Oliveira (from France) and Maj. Kazuto Ueda (from Japan) with General Saito, Aeronautical commander of the Brazilian air force, during his visit at USAFA (August 2014).


Thursday, June 26, 2014

[EMA 2012 - SLT DALES & ZATOUT] Les Geeks à Colorado Springs


Les Geeks à Colorado Springs


Un stage de fin d'année de trois mois à l'US Air Force Academy... Bien plus qu'un souhait, un rêve devenu réalité. Et pourtant, pour des ressortissants de l’École Militaire de l'Air, spécialistes en informatique, rien n'était joué d'avance. Précurseurs de notre filière à poser un pied au Fairchild, l'exploit n'en était que plus grand et unique.

La fine équipe devant Alcatraz

S'il y a un détail qui frappe le cadet français dès son arrivée aux États-Unis, c'est bien l'immensité. Que ce soient les proportions des aéroports, des villes, des voitures, de l'USAFA ou des Venti servis dans la chaîne Starbucks, tout est incroyablement plus grand et massif. Imaginez-vous, à titre comparatif, qu'il faut en moyenne 10 minutes, à pied, au cadet français pour quitter la base aérienne de Salon de Provence et qu'il faut environ 15 à 20 minutes, en voiture, au cadet américain afin de sortir de son école : le contraste est plutôt saisissant.

On pourrait donc croire que les premiers jours à l'USAFA sont pénibles, que le cadet français se sent perdu dans un monde aux antipodes de celui dans lequel il a l'habitude d'évoluer. Mais cela serait sans compter sur l'incroyable investissement des cadets américains, suivant des cours de français, désireux de partager avec nous la langue de Molière, de Shakespeare et quelques margaritas. Dès l'arrivée à l'aéroport, nous avons été pris par la main et mis dans le bain d'office : un petit bahutage consistant à passer la commande des pizzas pour toute la tablée !

Les informaticiens et les mécanos, sacré cocktail !

Le lendemain, la première journée à l'USAFA attaque ! Dès le matin, vous suivez le Commandant D'Oliveira dans ce qui vous semble être un dédale inextricable de couloirs et d'étages. Malgré le décalage horaire et votre corps qui semble ne plus vous envoyer les bons signaux (faim, sommeil, altitude, etc...), vous découvrez que l'école abrite pas moins de 4000 élèves, quand même 10 fois plus qu'à Salon de Provence. Les infrastructures sont impressionnantes, les élèves agréables et avenants et les cadres curieux de pouvoir échanger quelques mots avec les frenchies tout juste arrivés. Le point d'orgue reste tout de même la visite de la bibliothèque. Toujours derrière le Commandant D'Oliveira, vous gravissez les 6 étages qui vous mènent vers les rayons de livres consacrés à l'informatique. Seul problème, monter au sixième, à 2000 mètres d'altitude, avec le décalage horaire, les 24 heures de voyage de la veille, ce n'est pas facile. Du coup, une fois au sixième, vous essayez de vous cacher lamentablement dans les rayons d'informatique, faisant mine de regarder quelques ouvrages afin de reprendre votre souffle et faire cesser la cavalcade incessante de votre cœur, tout en essayant de faire mine d'écouter le Commandant d'Oliveira qui vous décrit les lieux. Un moment d'anthologie qui n'a de cesse de nous redonner le sourire à chaque fois que nous l'évoquons...

Vient ensuite le moment où vous rencontrez vos tuteurs de stage... Accessibles au possible, faisant fi des barrières de la langue et liées au grade, ils vous présentent leur équipe et tentent de vous mettre au plus vite le pied à l'étrier sur votre projet. Là encore, le choc des cultures est assez saisissant. Lorsque vous travaillez pour l'USAFA, vous êtes force de proposition, vous faites votre stage. Autant vous dire que les premiers jours, même en étant assez autodidactes, le désœuvrement fini très vite par vous guetter, tant cette méthode de travail est inhabituelle pour les cadets français.

La conquête du Grand Canyon

Puis les semaines passent, le projet avance et chaque weekend est une nouvelle découverte. De ces moments privilégiés, nous retiendrons sans hésiter le regard de Lincoln résolument tourné vers l'avenir au Mont Rushmore, les silhouettes énigmatiques des monolithes érodés de la Monument Valley, le charme incomparable et éblouissant d'un trail au fond du Bryce Canyon, la décadence et les vices inhérents à Las Vegas, la saveur inégalable du cioppino de San Francisco, les fatigantes Great Sand Dunes du Colorado sans oublier bien sûr le White Chocolate Moka des Starbucks. A contrario, nous oublierons très vite les feux de signalisation à répétition de Colorado Springs, les voitures de location à boîte automatique, les immondes concombres salés offerts en appetizers et surtout l'inénarrable malbouffe dont nous avons souffert au Mitchell Hall ! Sorry Guys...

Nous profitons de cet article de blog pour remercier vivement le Commandant D'Oliveira qui sait être accessible, disponible et attentionné. N'oublions pas Miss Bowen sans laquelle récupérer notre courrier aurait parfois été difficile ! Un grand merci au Major Moe qui nous a accueilli avec gentillesse dans la Squadron 9 des Vikings : Vikings Forever !!! Mention très spéciale à tout le Computer Science Department, du colonel qui nous a invité à voir les rencontres de football de la World Cup sur grand écran en passant par nos inégalables tuteurs : Major Chiaramonte et Major Caswell. Enfin, tous nos remerciements à l’École Militaire de l'Air, pour nous avoir donné cette chance inestimable d'être à l'USAFA.

Comme dirait Olympe : "Pas facile, difficile..."

Pour finir, il est important de retenir que l'affection toute particulière des Américains pour l'aspect théorique de la cyber-défense alliée à notre technicité a su donner, cette année, et pour la première fois au profit de stagiaires spécialistes en informatique, un résultat très profitable pour nos écoles. Puisse cette expérience être renouvelée !


SLT DALES & SLT ZATOUT

Friday, May 23, 2014

Amanda Krantz [Ex'94] : A former exchanger founder and CEO of DohJe.com

As a USAFA cadet, Amanda Krantz spent a semester at the French Air Force Academy in 1994. She soloed a CAP-10 and got multiple rides in fighter planes. As she said : "It was awesome". After her graduation, she went to Washington D.C. to get a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and work at NASA Goddard.

Amanda with Shawn Cochran, Ed Harvey, and Julian Jarosh in France after flying in the Fouga Magister

Harvard Business School Graduate and serial entrepreneur, Amanda Krantz is currently the founder and CEO of DohJe.com, a website connecting patients and caregivers for the sole purpose of sharing gratitude, and she is also a professional drummer and a tennis coach.

More about her story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amanda-krantz/why-i-left-a-comfortable-corporate-gig-to-bring-more-gratitude-to-healthcare_b_5216782.html

Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/amandakrantz

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Niko Ruud [Ex'13] : An American cadet in Salon-de-Provence

Originally published in AirSalon n°46 (airsalon.ecole-air.fr/)


On November the 10th 2013, a ceremony took place in Marseille to celebrate the American Veterans Day. All American cadets, the exchange officer, Captain Dumm, and some voluntary first-year French cadets attended this formal occasion to observe the American tradition and symbolize the friendship between the two countries. Once there, we marched all together on the sound of bagpipes to get in formation and paid tribute to the death American soldiers. After the ceremony, a cocktail was organized which gave us the opportunity to have a chat about this huge symbolic day for American soldiers and also about the integration of the American cadets in the French Air Force Academy. Niko Ruud is one of them and answered our questions.

First, could you tell us how much time your exchange lasts and how many American cadets are part of it?
We are 8 Americans Cadets in the School for a four-month exchange, from August to December.

And what were your motivations to take part in this exchange? 
The main motivation is of course to learn French. I mean we already had French lessons but to live in a country for four months is much better to practice the language. Another aspect is partnership. America and France are involved in a lot of operations together so French and American service members have to work with each other. This exchange is also a chance and an asset for the future.

Ok! And what is your feeling about the partnership with the French cadets? Do you feel involved in the class? 
It is a little bit difficult because of the separate dormitories and lessons. But we’re lucky because this will evolve in the future and the cadets in your class, next year, will maybe live along with the brigades. But in fact this is naturally a good partnership.

By the way you had access to the whole traditions (JIFIC) here in the École de L'air. Do you know if it goes the same way in USAFA for the French Cadets? 
Well, actually the French Cadets arrive too late in Colorado Springs to join the summer boot camp of their class and leave too soon to attend the one of the new cadets. But I think that they also have access to all the other activities.

One last question: what are the things you have enjoyed or not enjoyed here?
(Laugh) Yeah, of course I did really like the friendship with the Aspirants. Otherwise I appreciate the military training like the FA-MAS shooting. The instructors really know what they are talking about and this is interesting.

And there is nothing that you haven’t enjoyed? 
Yes actually there is technology. In USAFA the organization is mainly based on new technologies. We receive information by e-mails and do not have to read them on a board. This is the only “bad aspect” that I see but it's not a big deal.
As a conclusion it is obvious that despite our old-fashioned way of life, the French Air Force Academy is attractive for American Cadets, particularly when a symbolic and merry cocktail is organized…

Asp MATHELOT, Asp LE CORRE , Asp MAURIQUE (EA 2013)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Officer exchange program enhances cultural understanding

Originally published in Academy Spirit (Feb. 28th, 2014).

by Capt. Richard Ricciardi
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs


3/1/2014 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  -- Producing lieutenants and leaders for our nation isn't just a mission for instructors at the Academy - it's the duty of five international exchange officers.

The Dean of Faculty, Office of International Programs, oversees these officers from Japan, Germany, Korea, Spain and France, who each provide a culturally diverse classroom setting for cadets.

Maj. Kazuto Ueda
Ueda, a Japan Air Self Defense Force air battle manager, is assigned to the Military and Strategic Studies Department where he teaches an Air, Space and Cyberspace Power course covering national strategy through military operations. He's also a Japanese language supporting instructor.

"Understanding U.S. strategy, doctrine and operations are really useful when coordinating in a joint environment," he said. "I worked with the U.S. during the recent Japanese earthquake and really appreciated the U.S. help at the time. This experience motivated me to become an exchange officer."

Because of Ueda, cadets learn about U.S.-Japan cultural differences, which he said helps them appreciate an international perspective.

"When interacting with the cadets in the class, it's important for them to communicate with a person whose first language isn't English," he said. "This happens when the U.S. conducts joint campaigns with various countries."

A classroom setting provides Ueda the chance to introduce cadets to Japanese perspectives in history, culture and society.

While teaching (this course), I usually use Japanese strategic situations and history examples to explain the strategic concepts," he said.

Lt. Col. Thomas Hiller
Hiller is assigned to the Foreign Languages Department as a German Language instructor. He spent several years as a flight navigator stationed at Randolph AFB, Texas, and Holloman AFB, N.M.

"The interaction and daily contact with young people is the most enjoyable part of the work here," he said. "Being part of developing leaders of character the Academy wants and needs - by teaching them, providing them my points of views and introducing them to German and European culture is a great honor.

"Having people from different cultures and backgrounds help show cadets different perspectives on a variety of issues, opening their horizons, and making them understand that there are different opinions and world views out there that aren't necessarily wrong - but just different and should be considered as well," Hiller said.

Maj. Gonzalo Tortosa-Méndez
Tortosa-Méndez is assigned to the Foreign Languages Department as a Spanish Language instructor. He comes to the United States for his fifth time from Spain with prior experience with the U.S. Navy as an F/A-18 instructor in California.

"I'm very proud to be teaching in a military institution," Tortosa-Méndez said. "As an instructor, what makes me feel proud is when the students actively show me what they have learned."

He's also a liaison officer.

"One of my main duties here is to serve as a liaison between the Spanish Air Force and the U.S. Air Force," Tortosa-Mendez said. "However, the purpose of this exchange is to reinforce the bonds of friendship and understanding between the two countries."
Adjusting to Colorado was a challenge, he said.

"Getting used to the altitude, the different environment, the distance from home, friends and family was probably what took most time, especially for the kids," Tortosa-Mendez said.

Lt. Col. Bongju Song
Song is assigned to the Economics and Geoscience Department where he teaches Macroeconomic Theory. Before this, he taught economics at the Republic of Korea Air Force Academy.

He received a Masters in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Economics at Texas A&M University in 2009.

"After I finish this assignment, I will go back to the Korean Air Force Academy and teach cadets economics," Song said. "I would like to share this memorable experience at the Academy with cadets at the Korean Air Force Academy."

Song said he strongly believes Academy cadets will have many opportunities after graduating to work with international officers.

Maj. Jérôme d'Oliveira
d'Oliveira, a French Mirage 2000 maintenance officer, is assigned to the Aeronautical Engineering Department as a thermodynamics instructor. He teaches five courses but one of them -- AE 315Z -- is taught in his native tongue. 

"A former instructor in (the Aeronautics Department) said 'Aero is like a foreign language,' so if you have to learn the French translation of skin friction drag, streamlines, stagnation point ... that doesn't change anything for you," he said.

Prior to returning to the Academy after a stint as an Aero Department intern in 2008, d'Oliveira taught at the French Air Force Academy, Ecole de l'Air.

He said he hopes his cadets will learn another point of view about certain topics.
"Faced with an issue, countries have found and developed sometimes very different solutions," he said. "Thanks to my foreign experience, I can introduce a learning objective by a French point of view or a French system, for instance."

Maj. Robin Cadow, program manager for International Engagement, said the international exchange program is an invaluable experience for all participants.

"These exchanges are crucial instruments with which to build and sustain strong international relations with our key allies around the world," she said. "Our German, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish exchange officers at USAFA give our cadets a taste of coalition operations with global partners at a nascent stage in their Air Force careers. This introduction to coalition ops will surely prove invaluable to their future careers in an expeditionary Air Force."

Call 333-6656 for more information on the program.
 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Macaronnage d'anciens d'[EX'09]

Félicitations à nos anciens [EX'09], Chloé ROUGER et Mathieu LOURENCO, qui ont obtenu leur macaronnage sur hélicoptère.




Une cérémonie de macaronnage s’est déroulée sur la base aérienne 115 d’Orange, mercredi 5 février 2014, sous la présidence du général Pascal Chiffoleau, commandant la brigade aérienne d'appui et de projection (BAAP) du commandement des forces aériennes.

Au cours de cette cérémonie, huit jeunes officiers de l’armée de l’air ont reçu, des mains du général, leur insigne de pilote d’hélicoptère du second degré. Ce brevet sanctionne leur transformation opérationnelle «air», obtenue au terme de 38 heures de vol et de 26 heures de simulateur dispensées au centre d’instruction des équipages d’hélicoptère (CIEH) 00.341.

Localisé sur la base aérienne 115 d’Orange depuis 2011, le CIEH élabore, dispense, et contrôle la formation opérationnelle des équipages d'hélicoptères de l’armée de l'air (pilotes, instructeurs, mécaniciens d'équipage, sauveteurs-plongeurs et treuillistes).

Avant leur arrivée au CIEH, les pilotes d’hélicoptère suivent une formation initiale interarmées à Dax, puis au Luc-en-Provence, au sein de l’école d’aviation légère de l’armée de terre.