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Lieutenant Général Philippe Steininger, LH, CNOM, CMV, AM, DFNWC

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Lieutenant Général Philippe Steininger, LH, CNOM, CMV, AM, DFNWC

Lieutenant Général Philippe Steininger is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership, and during his career, Lieutenant-General Steininger has served in numerous command and staff appointments, and as a pilot, and presently serves as Commanding Officer of the Strategic Air Command of the French Air Force.

Lieutenant Général Steininger graduated in 1983 as an engineer in aeronautics and received his fighter pilot wings in 1984. Upon completion of the operational conversion syllabus and initial training on the Mirage III, he served from 1984 to 1989 at the 13th Fighter Wing in Colmar (East of France). During that period, he gained his qualification as flight leader in the air defence mission. He served from 1989 to 1991 as an exchange pilot in the German Air Force with the 74th Fighter Wing in Neuburg in Bavaria in charge of the Air Defence of Southern Germany.

Back in France, he joined the 11th Fighter Wing as a Deputy Squadron Commander in a Jaguar unit specialised in Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD). From 1991 to 1994, he participated in operations in Africa and the Middle East and participated in Operation Provide Comfort.

After one year at the Air Combat Command, where he served as Flight Safety Officer, he joined the Joint Staff College in Paris in 1995.

Lieutenant Général Steininger was assigned in 1996 at Cambrai Air Force Base as Deputy Commander, and later as Commander of a Mirage 2000C squadron. From 1996 to 1999, he participated in many exercises and operations in France and abroad, including Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia. He led his unit and engaged in air operations over the former Yugoslavia in 1998 and 1999 as part of Operation Allied Force.

In 1999, he was appointed to the Joint Staff in Paris as the United States and Canada Desk Officer. He attended the 100th Senior Course of the Nato Defence College in Rome in 2002, before joining the Armed Forces Inspectorate, where he was in charge of the General and Operational Affairs Bureau.

Lieutenant Général Steininger was Commanding Officer of Cazaux Air Base from 2004 to 2007, and later, head of the NATO/EU Branch of the Delegation for Strategic Affairs, French Ministry of Defence, between 2007 and 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he served in Paris in the cabinet of the Secretary General for Defence and National Security, being charged with preparing the high-level defence committees.

Lieutenant Général Steininger served as Deputy Commanding Officer of the Strategic Air Command of the French Air Force in Villacoublay from 2013 to 2014, and was subsequently appointed and has served as Commanding Officer since 2014.

Lieutenant Général Steininger’s numerous honours and decorations include:

  • Distinguished FellowcNew Westminster College
  • Officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Commander of the National Order of Merit
  • Military Valour Cross
  • Aeronautic Medal

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Lieutenant Général Philippe Steininger is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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