When the original Protocol of Agreement was signed by both the Air Force Academy and the École de l’Air in 1969, it was decided that an Air Force officer from the Academy would accompany the contingent of American cadets during their stay in Salon-de-Provence on temporary duty (TDY) basis.
Their stay began in August of each year and ended in December.
In every instance, the French Section in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Academy selected and provided that officer.
This procedure was followed until 1975, at which time the decision was made to assign a US Air Force officer who would become the Liaison Officer to the École de l’Air.
This was a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) for a normal two-year tour that could be extended one additional year.
The first three officers to be assigned came from the French Section in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Academy.
In 1982, this assignment to the École de l’Air became the responsibility of Air Force Personnel In Randolph AFB, TX. This procedure is still in effect.
|1971||Donald C. SCOTT|
|1974||A. Allen ROWE|
|1975 - 1977||A. Allen ROWE|
|1977 - 1980||Norm L. TREE|
|1980 - 1982||Donald C. SCOTT|
|1982 - 1984||Felix M. GRIEDER|
|1984 - 1986||Randal K. JAMES|
|1986 - 1988||John D. MacKAY|
|1988 - 1990||Philip McBRIDE [EX'78]|
|1990 - 1993||John W. FISHER|
|1993 - 1995||Dan H. CRAFT [EX'80]|
|1995 - 1997||Kevin R. FRISBIE|
|1997 - 2000||Julio C. GAMEZ|
|2000 - 2003||William "Trey" NOLAN|
|2003 - 2005||Robert KIEBLER|
|2005 - 2007||Mark SMEDRA|
|2007 - 2010||Dan WILKINSON|
|2010 - 2013||James GINGRAS|
|2013 - Present||Brian DUMM|
French Liaison Officers
Only a few years after the Air Force Academy opened its gates at its present location, a French Officer and a Belgian Officer were assigned to the Department of Foreign Languages at the Academy. Their primary function was to teach French. The Belgian Air Force did not send a replacement after 1961 and the French officer became the only French-speaking foreign officer assigned to the Academy.
In the late 1960s, when plans for the French Exchange program began to take shape, the French Officer played a very major role in the creation of the Exchange and the realization of the Exchange Protocol of Agreement was due in great part to the efforts of that officer, Paul Aunis, who remained at the Academy for five years . The duties of the French Officer were then expanded to assist in the preparation of cadets selected for the Exchange and to supervise and coordinate the training of the French Aspirants during their one semester at the Academy.
In 1981, the selection of the French officer was modified at the request of the École de l'Air. Since that time, French Liaison Officers have been selected from the technical teaching staff at the École de l'Air. All of these officers now teach in one of the engineering departments at the Academy. So far, they have taught in the Departments of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Electrical Engineering. However, they continue to assist in all phases of the Exchange programs, including the selection and preparation of cadets.
The normal tour of duty for these officers was originally two years with the possibility of a single one-year extension. In 1998, this policy was changed and the normal tour of duty is now three full years. Rotation normally takes place during the summer.
|1961 - 1963||Louis GELAS|
|1963 - 1966||Michel FAURET|
|1966 - 1971||Paul AUNIS|
|1971 - 1973||Jean-Claude ICHAC|
|1973 - 1975||André LAFFITTE|
|1975 - 1977||Jacques JOSSO|
|1977 - 1979||Emmanuel DELGOVE|
|1979 - 1981||Bernard BOULEIGE|
|1981 - 1983||Arnaud DELAVAL [EX'69]|
|1983 - 1985||Hubert De QUATREBARBES|
|1985 - 1988||Gilbert LEGUEN [EX'76]|
|1988 - 1991||Gilbert SOUCHET|
|1991 - 1993||Guy BENQUEY|
|1993 - 1995||Serge DUVAL [EX'81]|
|1995 - 1997||Gilbert MAHÉ [EX'81]|
|1997 - 2000||Dominique COLIN|
|2000 - 2003||Christophe MORAND|
|2003 - 2007||Georges-Marc RIVIÈRE|
|2007 - 2011||Patrick HEIM|
|2011 - Present||Jérôme D'OLIVEIRA|