MGEN Philippe Adam, FRA-AF

Space Commander, Air & Space Force
French Space Command

Born May 9, 1967 in Paris, married, Air Division General Philippe Adam joined the class of 1985 at the École Polytechnique.

Licensed Fighter Pilot in 1990, he held various responsibilities in operational units on Mirage 2000 at Cambrai Air Base within the 1/12 “Cambrésis” fighter squadron, then as Wing Commander at the fighter squadron 2/12 “Picardy”.

Qualified as a test pilot in 1997, he was assigned to the Flight Test Center at Air Base 125 in Istres.

In 2003, he was appointed operational adviser to the Air Testing and Experimentation Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

He then spent two years in the Programs Office of the Air Force Staff, in charge of the “Deterrence-combat” division.

He commanded Air Base 125 “Charles Monier” in Istres from 2008 to 2011, and then he joined NATO’s International Staff in Brussels as deputy head of the “Air Defense and Anti-Ballistic missile” branch.

In 2013, he was appointed Deputy Director for Euro-Atlantic Affairs at the Délégation aux Affaires Stratégiques, Paris.

From 2015 to 2017, he was assigned to the Air Defense and Operations Command on the Air Base 942 of Lyon Mont-Verdun as commander of the National Air Operations Center. He then took command of the Air Operations Brigade from 2017 to 2018, still on Air Base 942, and then he was appointed deputy general in charge of operations for the Barkhane Operation.

In 2019, he took command of the Military Air Expertise Center at Air Base 118 in Mont-de-Marsan, and in 2020 he was appointed commander of the “Capability Coherence” division at the Joint Staff, Paris. He takes over as head of Space Command, Air and Space Force, on July 1, 2022.

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