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Général Denis Mercier, GOFLH, ONM, MSM, DFNWC

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Général Denis Mercier has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and is a senior General Officer of the French Air Force. He was confirmed by the North Atlantic Council on 23 March 2015 and presently serves as NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. He was previously appointed on 17 September 2012 as the French Air Force Chief of Staff (Chef d’Etat-Major, Etat-Major de l’Armée de l’air).

Général Mercier has served as a Governor and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College of Caucasus University since 2015 and concurrently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors. He received his professorial appointment as a Professor of Ethical Leadership from Caucasus University in January of 2018.

Général Mercier joined the French Air Force Academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. Throughout his career he acquired extensive experience both as an operational commander and as a fighter pilot; having flown 182 combat missions and more than 3000 flying hours, mostly on the Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C.

Général Mercier started his career as a fighter pilot at Orange Air Force Base, and then moved to Dijon. He later commanded Cambrai “Cambrésis” squadron. After graduating from the French War College, he joined the Joint Operational Planning Headquarters at Creil Air Force Base. In 1999, he left France for Brunsum, in the Netherlands, where he was posted as Deputy Head of the Combined Joint Task Force. Back in France, he commanded Reims Air Force Base, named after the well-known fighter pilot “Commandant Marin-la-Meslée”.

Général Mercier was assigned to the headquarters in Paris from 2004 to 2008, first in the Plan Division, and later as Deputy Head of the Budget and Performance Division. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the French Air Force Academy in Salon de Provence. Before accessing to his current position, he worked from 2010 to 2012 as Senior Military Advisor for the French Ministry of Defense (Chef du cabinet militaire at Cabinet du Ministre de la Défense).

Général Mercier’s assignments (in French) include:

  • 2015 – present: Commandant Suprême Allié de la Transformation, NATO
  • 2012- 2015: Chef d’Etat-Major, Etat-Major de l’Armée de l’air, Paris
  • 2010-2012: Chef du cabinet militaire du ministre de la Défense, Paris
  • 2008-2010: Commandant les écoles d’officiers de l’armée de l’air , Salonde-Provence
  • 2007-2008: Adjoint sous-chef « performance synthèse » à l’état-major de l’armée de l’air, Paris
  • 2004-2007: Adjoint, puis chef du bureau « plans » à l’état-major de l’armée de l’air, Paris
  • 2002-2004: Commandant de la base aérienne 112 « Marin la Meslée » de Reims
  • 1999-2002: Inséré à l’état-major du commandement Nord de l’Otan à Brunssum, Pays-Bas
  • 1997-1999: Bureau « Otan » de l’état-major interarmées de planification opérationnelle, Creil
  • 1994-1997: Affecté au bureau « emploi » du commandement de la force aérienne de combat, Metz
  • 1991-1994: Commandant de l’escadron de chasse 1/12 « Cambrésis » sur M2000 RDI, Cambrai
  • 1988-1991: Commandant d’escadrille à l’escadron de chasse 2/5 « Ile de France » sur M2000 RDI, Orange
  • 1987-1988: Pilote sur Mirage 2000 RDM à l’escadron de chasse 3/2 « Alsace », Dijon
  • 1983-1987: Affecté à l’escadron de chasse 1/5 « Vendée » sur Mirage F1C, Orange
  • 1983: Breveté pilote de chasse
  • 1979-1983: Entré à l’École de l’air 03 septembre 1979, Promotion « Capitaine Caroff de Kervezec »

Général Mercier’s education includes:

  • 1996-1997: Ecole de Guerre
  • 1979-1981: Ingénieur, Ecole de l’Air de Salon de Provence

Général Mercier’s has been awarded numerous foreign honours and decorations from Spain, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Chili, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore. His honours and decorations from France and Canada include:

  • 2015: Grand Officier, Légion d’Honneur (France)
  • 2015: Governor and Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2015: Meritorious Service Medal – Military Division (Canada)
  • 2013: Commander, Légion d’Honneur (France)
  • Officier, Ordre National du Mérite (France)
  • Médaille de l’Aéronautique (France)
  • Médaille d’Outre-Mer (France)
  • Médaille de la Défense Nationale – Bronze (France)
  • Médaille de Reconnaissance de la Nation (France)

As a Governor and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Général Denis Mercier is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of Caucasus University, the New Westminster College of Caucasus University and its Global Network of Fellows.

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